Barry Lloyd

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For the cricketer, see Barry Lloyd (cricketer).

Barry David Lloyd (born 19 February 1949 in Uxbridge) is an English former football player and manager. He is best remembered for his time as Brighton manager between January 1987 and December 1993, when his acrimonious style, led to numerous dressing room bust-ups and B&HAFC losing 8 games in a row, at the start of the season.

Lloyd joined Chelsea as an apprentice, but rarely featured in the first team and moved across west London to join Fulham in 1969. He stayed with Fulham for eight years, making over 250 appearances for the club. He played out his career with short spells at Hereford United and Brentford, and then moved into management as player-manager of Yeovil Town. He later took over at Worthing, guiding the club to promotion to the Isthmian Premier League and then two runners-up placings in that division.

When Lloyd was appointed Brighton manager in January 1987, the club were heading for relegation from the Second Division, less than four years after appearing in an FA Cup final. He was unable to keep them up, but guided them to promotion at the first attempt in May 1988 when the finished runners-up in the Third Division. Two tricky seasons followed, during which time Brighton re-established themselves in the Second Division and stayed clear of relegation. They reached the Second Division playoff final in 1991, but lost 3-1 to Notts County and were soon faced with the double threat of relegation and a financial crisis. With debts mounting high, they finished second from bottom in the Second Division in 1992 and began the following season in the new Division Two following the creation of the Premier League. Lloyd guided Brighton to a stable ninth place finish in 1993, but he resigned the following December to make way for Liam Brady.

Lloyd took over again as Worthing manager in 2001, managing the club until July 2003 when he was replaced by Alan Pook.

Lloyd returned to Brighton in September 2007 in the role of chief scout.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lloyd bags Brighton scouting role". BBC Sport. 2007-09-17. Retrieved 2007-09-17.