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Graham Rix
Personal information
Date of birth 23 October 1957 (1957-10-23) (age 52)
Place of birth    Doncaster, England
Height 5 ft 9 in
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1974–1975 Arsenal
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1975–1988
1987–1988
1988–1991
1991–1992
1992–1993
1995
Arsenal
Brentford (loan)
Caen
Le Havre
Dundee
Chelsea
Total
351 (41)
006 0(0)
089 0(9)
012 0(0)
014 0(2)
001 0(0)
473 (52)   
National team
1980–1984 England 017 0(0)
Teams managed
2000
2001–2002
2004
2005–2006
Chelsea (caretaker)
Portsmouth
Oxford United
Heart of Midlothian

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Graham Rix (born 23 October 1957) is an English former football player and coach. He was fired by Heart of Midlothian in March 2006, which was his most recent role in professional football. He is currently a coach at the Glenn Hoddle Academy (GHA) in the South of Spain.

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Playing career

Arsenal

Originally from Doncaster, Yorkshire, Rix joined Arsenal as an apprentice in 1974 and turned professional the year after. He made his debut for the club against Leicester City on 2 April 1977, and marked it by scoring the opening goal. Rix immediately became a regular on the left wing, replacing George Armstrong. Together with Liam Brady he formed part of an impressive attacking midfield, which helped Arsenal to three successive cup finals between 1978 and 1980. Arsenal only won one of these, in 1979 against Manchester United; the final score was 3–2, with Rix crossing for Alan Sunderland's last-minute winner, just seconds after United had equalised to level the score 2–2.

Arsenal reached the Cup Winners' Cup final the following season, against Valencia; the match finished 0–0 after extra time – a penalty shootout ensued, but Rix missed his kick and Arsenal lost. After the departure of Liam Brady to Juventus that summer, many believed Rix would also leave but he stayed at the club, and became captain in 1983. Arsenal's form slumped in the early 1980s, though, meaning Rix was unable to claim any silverware as skipper.

After Arsenal

A series of injuries to his achilles tendon kept Rix out of the team in the mid-1980s, and he lost his starting place in the side to Martin Hayes. Rix spent a spell on loan at Brentford, before being released in 1988. In all he played 464 times for the Gunners, scoring 51 goals. After leaving the London club, Rix spent time at French clubs Caen (1988–1991; 89 Appearances) and Le Havre, before finishing his playing career at Dundee in 1993.

International

Between 1980 and 1984, Rix played for the England national team, including making five appearances at the 1982 World Cup.

Coaching career

Chelsea

Rix joined Chelsea as youth team coach in the summer of 1993; during an injury crisis, he briefly enlisted as a player for the club, playing a solitary Premier League match in May 1995 against his old side Arsenal. Rix became assistant manager in 1996 under new Blues boss Ruud Gullit, and continued in the same role under Gullit's successor Gianluca Vialli, winning the FA Cup in 1997, and the League Cup and Cup Winners' Cup in 1998.

In March 1999, Rix was sentenced to 12 months in prison, of which he served six, for having underage sex and indecently assaulting a 15-year-old girl, who was the daughter of a family friend. He was also ordered to be placed on the sex offenders' register for 10 years, and banned by the FA from working with youth players under the age of 16.[1] Upon his release from prison he immediately rejoined Chelsea in his old job. He won the FA Cup again in 2000 before leaving the club after Vialli was sacked by Ken Bates, after a brief spell as caretaker manager.

Portsmouth and Oxford

Rix managed Portsmouth between 2001 and 2002, before he was sacked in favour of Director of Football Harry Redknapp. Rix managed Oxford United for seven months in 2004. They declined sharply during the final three months of the 2003–04 Division Three campaign - falling from the automatic promotion places to ninth in the final table and failing to merit even a playoff place. He was sacked after their dismal form continued into 2004–05.

Hearts

In November 2005, after speculation linking him with the Manager's job at Scottish Premier League club Heart of Midlothian, it was confirmed that Rix would take over at Tynecastle. He officially took the position of head coach on 8 November 2005.[2] Events reported in February 2006, by Scottish newspapers, suggested that Rix was unhappy with Vladimir Romanov's "hands on" approach and speculation increased that Romanov was involved in team selection. On 22 March 2006 Rix was sacked as manager after just four months in charge."[3]

Managerial stats

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Chelsea England 13 September 2000 17 September 2000 1 1 0 0 100.00
Portsmouth England 25 February 2001 25 March 2002 56 16 23 17 28.57
Oxford United England 22 March 2004 14 November 2004 29 6 15 8 20.68
Hearts Scotland 8 November 2005 22 March 2006 19 9 4 6 47.36

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