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Football Manager Andy Thorn appoints FC

By Full Contact News and Views

Andy Thorn


We are pleased to confirm that Andy Thorn has appointed Full Contact to advise and assist him as he seeks a new managerial role.

Following the conclusion of his successful playing career, Andy worked for four years at Everton under David Moyes, and then two years at Fulham with both Chris Coleman and Roy Hodgson.   He then joined Coventry City as chief scout before becoming caretaker-manager in the 2010/2011 season alongside Steve Harrison after Aidy Boothroyds’ departure. Coventry enjoyed a successful close to the season under his leadership, despite operating under an extremely small budget for Championship standards, losing only one game.  Andy’s first game as the official manager of the club was the final home game of the 2010–2011 season against Reading.

Whilst the 2011–2012 season saw Coventry relegated to League One, shrewd observers of the game are well aware that this relegation must be considered in the context of Coventry’s dire financial circumstances, boardroom conflict and Andy’s inability to buy new players.   The fact that Andy became Coventry’s tenth managerial casualty in eleven years also bears out what a difficult task it was.

Perhaps the legacy of Andy’s tenure at Coventry will be that he successfully acquired numerous players on free transfers,  all of whom soon became considerable assets to the club (most of whom were sold on promptly), such as Jordan Henderson, Jack Cork, Danny Fox, Scott Dann, Keiron Westwood, Richard Keogh, Anar Gunnarsson and Lucas Jutkewitcz.  It would be no exaggeration to say that but for the discovery and then sale of some of these players, Coventry may well not have survived.

As a player,  Andy had begun his career with Wimbledon in 1984, playing as a traditional English centre half alongside the likes of Dennis Wise and Vinnie Jones.  During his initial period with the club he played 107 games, scoring twice, and also winning five England U21 caps.  Andy left Wimbledon in 1988 to play for Newcastle, and he was a mainstay in the starting line-up during the 1988-89 season, before moving on to Crystal Palace in November 1989 where he is now remembered as a legend.    He was credited with improving a poor defence, helping secure Palace’s top-flight status.  He appeared in Palace’s first Cup Final in 1990.  Andy returned to Wimbledon in 1994, playing 37 league games before moving to Scottish Premier League side Hearts and then finally to Tranmere Rovers before retiring prematurely in 1998 due to a knee injury, aged 31.

Senior Partner of Full Contact Dan Chapman commented, “Andy is regarded by the players he worked with as an excellent man manager, with a huge passion and commitment for the game.  I believe that in time it will become apparent that he performed small miracles at Coventry, and once the right opportunity comes about, I am very sure that Andy will prove that he has all the skills to be a successful manager.   There is already no doubt that he is a top class coach and talent scout, as his record at Everton, Fulham and then Coventry prior to being appointed as manager bears out.  I am delighted that Andy has asked Full Contact to assist him in his future endeavours and we hope to build a successful, long term relationship with him.”

Andy Thorn commented “I have been very impressed with Dan and his team at Full Contact and I had no hesitation in asking them to represent me as I await the opportunities to return to management.” 

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