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John Deehan
Personal information
Full name John Matthew Deehan
Date of birth 6 August 1957 (1957-08-06) (age 52)
Place of birth    Solihull, England
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Grimsby Town (Director of Football)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1975–1979
1979–1981
1981–1986
1986–1988
1988–1990
1990
Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion
Norwich City
Ipswich Town
Manchester City
Barnsley
110 (40)
047 0(5)
162 (62)
049 (11)
000 0(0)
011 0(2)   
Teams managed
1994–1995
1995–1998
2002
Norwich City
Wigan Athletic
Aston Villa (caretaker)

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

John Matthew Deehan (born 6 August 1957) is an English former footballer who in recent years has had several spells in coaching and management. He is currently the Director of football at Grimsby Town.

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Career

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As a player

Born in Solihull, as a player Deehan was a striker who is best known for productive spells with Aston Villa and Norwich City. With Villa he was a member of the team that won the 1977 Football League Cup Final against Everton and was a member of the Norwich sides which won the 1985 Football League Cup Final and the Second Division championship in 1986. In 2002, Norwich fans voted Deehan into the Norwich City F.C. Hall of Fame in recognition of his contribution as a player.

In the summer of 1986, he left Norwich to join Ipswich Town in a player exchange deal that saw Trevor Putney move to Carrow Road. From 1988 until 1990 he was player-coach at Manchester City until being sacked, along with manager Mel Machin, before moving to Norwich City as Mike Walker's assistant.

Management and Coaching

He helped coach an unfancied Canaries side to a surprise third place finish in the inaugural FA Premier League (season 1992-93), and was promoted to the manager's seat the following January when Walker moved to Everton. Norwich finished 12th in the Premiership in 1993-94 and started the following season reasonably well despite the (then) record English sale of Chris Sutton to Blackburn Rovers for £5 million. By Christmas 1994, the Canaries were seventh in the Premiership and looked a reasonably good bet for a UEFA Cup place. But Deehan's men suddenly went into a free-fall, won only one of their final 20 games and plummeted to 20th place and relegation. Shortly before relegation was confirmed, Deehan announced his resignation and caretaker Gary Megson unsuccessfully tried to keep the Canaries in the Premiership.

John Deehan's absence from football did not last long. He began the 1995-96 season as manager of Wigan Athletic in the Football League Third Division, and after two seasons at the helm he guided them to the Division Three title and promotion to Division Two. After safeguarding Wigan's survival in 1997-98, he accepted the assistant manager's job at Sheffield United and for one season worked under Steve Bruce. But Deehan's time at Bramall Lane was not successful and he resigned after the club failed to get anywhere near the Division One playoff places.

After leaving Sheffield United, John Deehan worked again with Steve Bruce at Huddersfield Town, in 1999/2000 season. After leaving Town, he made a football comeback with Aston Villa when he was appointed assistant manager to John Gregory in July 2001.[1] In January 2002, Deehan was named joint caretaker manager of Villa (with Stuart Gray) when Gregory resigned. He left the club when Graham Taylor was named Villa manager for the second time.

In October 2003, John Deehan became Director of Football at Northampton Town, with Colin Calderwood working under him as team manager. The duo were appointed to get the team promoted from the league's basement division, and achieved this aim in the 2005-06 season. Both Calderwood and Deehan left the club at the end of the 2005-06 season, with Deehan moving to Lincoln City as Director of Football. On 15 October 2007, it was confirmed that Deehan and Lincoln City manager John Schofield had left the club.[2] In November 2007 he was employed as a scout by Premier League side Bolton Wanderers who were looking for a number of ex-professionals to head their recruitment drive lead by former Everton manager Colin Harvey.

In September 2008 Deehan expressed interest in the vacant manager's post at League Two side Grimsby Town, saying "I think Grimsby Town is a good club and a good opportunity for any manager. Whenever I've been to Blundell Park, I've been impressed with the set-up and the positive approach to football."[3]. Despite his interest Deehan failed to land the Grimsby job, which was given to Mike Newell.

On 21 January 2009, he was appointed as Chief Scout of Norwich City Football Club in part of the new management team alongside three of his former players - Bryan Gunn as First Team Manager, Ian Crook as first team coach [4] and Ian Butterworth as Assistant Manager.

In December 2009, he became Lee Harper's assistant at Kettering Town but was controversially sacked later that month immediately following a 5-1 defeat to Leeds United in an FA Cup second-round replay where his choice of substitutions during extra time was blamed for the defeat.[5][6]

On the 17th March 2010, he was announced as Head of Recruitment (Director of Football) at Grimsby Town in order to work with manager Neil Woods and his assistant Chris Casper. It has been touted as a possible replacement for Woods if the club are relegated from the Football League.

Managerial statistics

Team Nation From To Matches Won Drawn Lost Win %
Norwich City  England 12 January 1994 31 July 1995 72 17 25 30 23.6
Wigan Athletic  England 2 August 1995 1 June 1998 157 69 34 54 43.9
Aston Villa (caretaker)  England 24 January 2002 5 February 2002 2 0 2 0 0.0

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