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Sam Ellis
Personal information
Full name Samuel Ellis
Date of birth 12 September 1946 (1946-09-12) (age 63)
Place of birth    Ashton-under-Lyne, England
Playing position Centre-half
Club information
Current club Sheffield United
(Assistant Manager)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Sheffield Wednesday
Mansfield Town
Lincoln City
155 0(1)
064 0(7)
173 (33)
030 0(4)
422 (45)   
National team
England Under-23 003 0(0)
Teams managed
Lincoln City

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

Samuel "Sam" Ellis (born 12 September 1946 in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester) is an English football coach and former player. He is currently assistant manager of Sheffield United.



In his younger days, Ellis played as a centre-half for Sheffield Wednesday in the 1960s. As a teenager he made his debut in the 1966 FA Cup final against Everton, in which his team lost 3–2.[1]. He then moved on to play for Mansfield Town, Lincoln City, and Watford. It was at Vicarage Road that he became coach and assistant manager to future England boss Graham Taylor. With Ellis' help, Watford climbed the divisions before turning down a new contract in favour of trying his hand at management. When the Blackpool job was advertised, Ellis applied and was accepted.

Ellis was manager at the seaside for seven years, from 1982 to 1989, with no prior managerial experience under his belt, but the new board at Bloomfield Road were confident in his ability. Despite finishing in the bottom four of the Fourth Division in his first season, thus forcing the club to apply for re-election to the Football League, Ellis managed to turn the side around and gain promotion two years later with only limited funds handed to him. Although he kept the Tangerines in the Third Division, they were unable to make further progress and Ellis' contract was terminated in April 1989 with relegation looking a possibility.

Ellis then had a brief spell as manager of Bury before moving to Manchester City as Peter Reid's assistant manager. In 1994 he was appointed manager of Lincoln City before returning to Gigg Lane as Stan Ternent's assistant the following year. When Ternent moved to Burnley in 1998, Ellis followed him. After six years at Turf Moor, Ellis became assistant manager to Kevin Blackwell at Leeds United. Ellis later worked with Blackwell at Luton Town (after a spell at Stoke City) and, currently, Sheffield United.[2]

Personal life

On October 31, 2001, Ellis' 28-year-old son, Timothy, was killed in a car accident.[3] Ellis' other son, Steven, is a professional rugby player.[4]



As a manager


See also


  • Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887-1992. Breedon Books Sport. ISBN 1-873626-07-X.  

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