Adrian Heath

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Adrian Heath
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Personal information
Full name Adrian Paul Heath[1]
Date of birth (1961-01-11) 11 January 1961 (age 53)[2]
Place of birth Newcastle-under-Lyme, England[2]
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Orlando City (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1982 Stoke City 95 (16)
1982–1988 Everton 226 (71)
1988–1989 Espanyol 24 (1)
1989–1990 Aston Villa 9 (0)
1990–1992 Manchester City 75 (4)
1992 Stoke City 6 (0)
1992–1995 Burnley 115 (28)
1995–1996 Sheffield United 4 (0)
1996–1997 Burnley 5 (0)
Total 559 (120)
National team
1981–1982 England U21 8 (3)
Teams managed
1996–1997 Burnley
1999 Sheffield United
2005 Coventry City (caretaker)
2007 Coventry City (caretaker)
2008–2010 Austin Aztex
2011–2014 Orlando City (USL)
2015– Orlando City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Adrian Paul Heath (born 11 January 1961) is an English football manager and former player. As a player, he is best known for his six seasons at Everton, where he won two First Division titles and an FA Cup.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, Heath started his playing career at the Stoke City having joined the club from playing in the local Lads and Dads League.[2] He signed a professional contract at 17 and played in the reserves under the guidance of player coach Howard Kendall, Heath's impressive performances helped the second sting to 2nd in the Central League and saw him win the clubs young player of the year award. Known as 'Inchy' due to his small stature he burst on to the first team scene in 1979–80 displaying great maturing in the First Division and scored two vital goals at the end of the season which ensured Stoke's survival.[2] He scored seven goals in 41 matches in 1980–81 and five in 20 in 1981–82.[2] With Heath fast becoming one of the most sought after midfielder in the county Richie Barker allowed him to join Everton in January 1982 for a then club record fee of £750,000.[2]

He became Everton's top scorer in his first full season, scoring 18 in all competitions in the 1983–84 season. Despite the fact that Heath only played 17 games in the 1984–85 campaign, his scoring got into double figures every season until 1988. A goal for which many fans remember Heath is credited with changing Everton's fortunes in the 1983–84 road to the League Cup final at Oxford United. Grabbing a poor Kevin Brock back-pass, Heath scored a goal away at Oxford to equalize the match and earn Everton a chance to turn things around.

Heath then had a spell in Spain with Espanyol. After a single season he returned to England, where he spent the remainder of his career. In 1990 Manchester City manager Howard Kendall signed Heath from Aston Villa. Heath was one of a number of former Everton players signed by Kendall, and the transfer marked the third different club at which Heath had played under Kendall.[3] His debut came as a substitute against Charlton Athletic in January 1990.[3] During the 1990–91 season Heath forged a strike partnership with Niall Quinn, the short and agile Heath contrasting with Quinn's aerial ability. The pair started 33 matches together, though Heath scored only one goal, in the second match of the season.[4] Heath then had a barren run that lasted 46 matches[5] and came to an end in November 1991, when Heath scored two goals in a League Cup tie at Queen's Park Rangers.[6] As the 1991–92 season progressed, Heath lost his place in the team to young striker Mike Sheron.

In March 1992 Heath briefly returned to his first club Stoke City, until the end of the 1991–92 season.[2] In that brief spell back at the Victoria Ground Heath played in six league matches a play-off match against Stockport County and also played in the 1992 Football League Trophy Final which saw Stoke beat Stockport 1–0.[2] Heath also had a notable three year stint at Burnley from 1992–95, where he helped them lift the 1994 Second Division play-Off trophy. Following a brief period at Sheffield United, he returned to Burnley as player-manager before retiring at the end of the 1996–97 season.

Managerial career[edit]

Heath began his managerial career as player-manager of Burnley in March 1996. He left after the 1996–97 season having finished ninth in the Second Division. Two years later he was appointed manager of Sheffield United but he left the club after only five months. He also worked with former Everton team-mate Peter Reid at Sunderland, Leeds United and Coventry City. When Reid left Coventry in January 2005, Heath stepped in as caretaker. He remained at the club under Reid's successor Micky Adams and again acted as caretaker in January 2007 before leaving the club after Iain Dowie was appointed.[7][8]

Heath was appointed manager of USL-1 expansion team Austin Aztex in February 2008.[9] Austin Aztex had a close relationship with English side Stoke City, where Heath started his career. In 2010, the team relocated to Florida to become Orlando City, playing in the USL PRO division. In Orlando, Heath lead the team to two regular season titles and the league championship in their first two years. Heath was named USL coach of the year both years.

Career statistics[edit]

As a player[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke City 1978–79 Second Division 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0
1979–80 First Division 38 5 1 0 4 0 0 0 43 5
1980–81 First Division 38 6 2 1 1 0 0 0 41 7
1981–82 First Division 17 5 1 0 2 0 0 0 20 5
Total 95 16 4 1 9 0 0 0 108 17
Everton 1981–82 First Division 22 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 6
1982–83 First Division 38 10 5 1 4 0 0 0 47 11
1983–84 First Division 36 12 7 2 11 4 0 0 54 18
1984–85 First Division 17 11 0 0 4 1 5 1 26 13
1985–86 First Division 26 10 6 2 3 1 5 2 40 15
1986–87 First Division 41 11 3 0 4 3 4 2 52 16
1987–88 First Division 29 9 8 1 7 2 2 0 46 12
1988–89 First Division 7 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 10 2
Total 226 71 29 6 35 11 17 5 307 93
Espanyol 1988–89 La Liga 24 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 1
Total 24 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 1
Aston Villa 1989–90 First Division 9 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 12 0
Total 9 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 12 0
Manchester City 1989–90 First Division 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 2
1990–91 First Division 35 1 2 0 3 0 2 0 42 1
1991–92 First Division 28 1 1 0 5 2 1 0 35 3
Total 75 4 3 0 8 2 3 0 89 6
Stoke City 1991–92 Third Division 6 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 10 0
Total 6 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 10 0
Burnley 1992–93 Second Division 43 19 5 3 1 0 1 0 50 22
1993–94 Second Division 41 9 4 1 3 0 5 0 53 10
1994–95 First Division 27 0 3 2 4 0 0 0 34 2
1995–96 Second Division 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 6 0
Total 115 28 12 6 9 0 7 0 143 34
Sheffield United 1995–96 First Division 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Burnley 1995–96 Second Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1996–97 Second Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career Total 559 120 50 13 63 13 31 5 703 151

As a manager[edit]

As of 8th September 2014

Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Burnley 7 March 1996 27 June 1997 71 26 18 27 36.62
Sheffield United 15 June 1999 23 November 1999 23 7 5 11 30.43
Coventry City 6 January 2005 23 January 2005 3 1 0 2 33.33
Coventry City 17 January 2007 19 February 2007 5 1 1 3 20.00
Austin Aztex 2008 2010 68 24 15 29 35.29
Orlando City 2011 present 122 82 23 17 67.21
Total 293 142 62 89 48.46

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Everton
Burnley
Stoke City

Manager[edit]

Orlando City

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Adiran Heath profile". Zero Zero. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Stoke City 101 Golden Greats. Desert Islands Books. 2002. ISBN 1-874287-55-4. 
  3. ^ a b Penney, Ian (1995). The Maine Road Encyclopedia. Edinburgh: Mainstream. p. 93. ISBN 1-85158-710-1. 
  4. ^ James, Gary (2006). Manchester City - The Complete Record. Derby: Breedon. p. 449. ISBN 1-85983-512-0. 
  5. ^ Buckley, Andy; Burgess, Richard (2000). Blue Moon Rising: The Fall and Rise of Manchester City. Bury: Milo. pp. 32–3. ISBN 0-9530847-4-4. 
  6. ^ James, Manchester City - The Complete Record, pp. 450–1
  7. ^ Adams sacked by City
  8. ^ Dowie takes over as Coventry boss
  9. ^ "Aztex Announce Head Coach". SunHerald. 2008-02-21. Archived from the original on 2008-02-28. Retrieved 2008-02-21.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  10. ^ "USL PRO Awards Winners Announced 2011". USL Pro. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "USL PRO Awards Winners Announced 2012". USL Pro. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 

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Sporting positions
New creation Orlando City Soccer Club (USL Pro) head coach
2011–14
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New creation Orlando City Soccer Club (MLS)
2015–
Incumbent