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Simon Davies
Personal information
Full name Simon Ithel Davies
Date of birth April 23, 1974 (1974-04-23) (age 35)
Place of birth    Winsford, Cheshire, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Chester City
Number Youth manager
Youth career
Manchester United
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1992–1997
1993–1994
1996
1997–1998
1998–2000
2000–2001
2001–2003
2003–2004
2004–2005
2005
2006–2007
2007
Manchester United
Exeter City (loan)
Huddersfield Town (loan)
Luton Town
Macclesfield Town
Rochdale
Bangor City
TNS
Bangor City
Rhyl
Chester City
Airbus UK
11 (0)
06 (1)
03 (0)
22 (1)
48 (3)
12 (1)
60 (8)
18 (0)
16 (1)
14 (0)
00 (0)
00 (0)   
National team
1996 Wales 01 (0)
Teams managed
2007
2008
Chester City (caretaker)
Chester City

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

Simon Ithel Davies (born 23 April 1974) is a former international Welsh footballer who has managerial experience in The Football League with Chester City, where he is now youth team manager.

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Playing career

During his career he played for a few English clubs in the 1990s, after starting out at Manchester United. He scored the opening goal in a 4–0 Champions League win against Galatasaray and played 20 first team games for the club.[1] He was part of an acclaimed batch of youngsters to come through the United ranks in this period, after winning the FA Youth Cup in 1992, with his colleagues who lifted the trophy including David Beckham, Nicky Butt and Gary Neville.[2]

Although born in England, Davies was capped for the Welsh national team against Switzerland in 1996. After leaving Manchester United for Luton Town in a £150,000 deal,[1] Davies struggled to recapture his early promise and his league career was to end with spells with Macclesfield Town and Rochdale. He then crossed the Welsh border, becoming Peter Davenport's first signing at Bangor City in the Welsh Premier League in 2001.[3 ] He was named as the Welsh Premier League's player of the season in 2002–03.[4] He also played for Rhyl and Total Network Solutions and would briefly join Airbus UK.

Coaching and Management

In 2006, Davies joined the coaching staff at Chester City, predominantly as part of the youth set-up. In April 2007 he was appointed as the club's caretaker-manager after the departure of Mark Wright. He took charge for the final game of the season, as Chester lost 2–0 at Lincoln City.

Despite the loss, Davies was offered an interview for the job on a permanent basis but Bobby Williamson was subsequently appointed, although Davies remained at the club as youth team manager. The following March, Davies was again appointed as Chester's caretaker manager following Williamson's sacking.[5 ] Despite losing his two games in caretaker charge, Davies was named manager until the end of the season on 11 March 2008.[6 ] His first win followed in a 2–1 success against Darlington on March 22 and Chester went on to clinch survival in their penultimate match of the season with a 0–0 draw against Stockport County.[7 ] A few days earlier Davies celebrated his 34th birthday with a new two year contract at the club.[8 ]

Davies endured a difficult start to the 2008–09 season, with Chester conceding six to both Dagenham & Redbridge and Rochdale in the first three months of the season and making early exits from all three cup competitions. He was sacked on November 10, 2008.[9 ]

Exactly a month later it was announced Davies had returned to Chester as youth team manager. [10]

Honours

Manchester United

Bangor City

References

  1. ^ a b "Simon Davies". mufcinfo.com. http://www.mufcinfo.com/manupag/a-z_player_archive/a-z_player_archive_pages/davies_simon.html. Retrieved 2008-10-25.  
  2. ^ "Manchester United's class of '92". The Independent. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_/ai_n14213344. Retrieved 2008-10-25.  
  3. ^ "Davies joins ambitious Bangor". BBC Sport. 2001-08-06. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/wales/1476257.stm. Retrieved 2008-10-25.  
  4. ^ "Simon Davies (TNS profile)". Saints-Alive. http://www.saints-alive.co.uk/tpl/player.php?id=101. Retrieved 2008-10-25.  
  5. ^ "Williamson departs the Deva". Chester City FC. 2008-03-02. http://www.chestercityfc.net/article/1610726/Williamson-departs-the-Deva. Retrieved 2007-03-02.  
  6. ^ "Chester appoint Davies as manager". BBC Sport. 2008-03-11. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/chester/7290262.stm. Retrieved 2008-03-11.  
  7. ^ "Chester City 0-0 Stockport County". The Standard. 2008-04-30. http://www.ellesmereportstandard.co.uk/12202/MATCH-REPORT-Chester-City-0.4033313.jp. Retrieved 2008-10-25.  
  8. ^ "Simon Davies is new Chester boss". Liverpool Echo. 2008-04-23. http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/chester-city/2008/04/23/simon-davies-is-new-chester-boss-100252-20805567/. Retrieved 2008-10-25.  
  9. ^ "Manager Simon Davies sacked". chester-city.co.uk. 2008-11-10. http://www.chester-city.co.uk/latest.asp. Retrieved 2008-11-10.  
  10. ^ "Sacked Chester City manager returns - as youth team boss". Liverpool Daily Post. 2008-12-10. http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/sport/chester-fc/2008/12/10/sacked-chester-city-manager-returns-as-youth-team-boss-64375-22443721/. Retrieved 2008-12-10.  

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