David Merrington

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David Robert Merrington (born 26 January 1945 in Newcastle upon Tyne) is a former football manager and a current commentator for BBC Radio Solent.

Playing Career[edit]

As a player Merrington appeared in midfield for Burnley, playing 98 league games (1 goal) including a spell as captain. He later played for Bristol City before retiring and going into coaching [2].

Coaching Career[edit]

Merrington was a brief caretaker manager for Sunderland A.F.C. following the departure of Jimmy Adamson in 1978, and in 1980 he again took over from Adamson as caretaker manager (for 1 game only) at Leeds.

He took charge of Southampton for the 1995-96 season and was Premiership Manager of the Month in April 1996, his only full season in management. Despite securing Southampton's top flight status on goal difference, he was dismissed on 14 June 1996 and succeeded by Graeme Souness. During the final weeks of the 1995-96 season, he guided Southampton to two crucial wins which played a big part in their survival - they first beat Manchester United (champions that season) 3-1 at The Dell, and then won their penultimate game 1-0 at Bolton Wanderers, a result which confirmed the other side's relegation.[1]

A year later he returned to the club as a coach under next manager Dave Jones but left again three years later after Jones was succeeded by Glenn Hoddle. His next stop was a brief spell working as Walsall's first-team coach alongside manager Colin Lee in 2002.



Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Southampton England 14 July 1995 16 June 1996 38 9 11 18 23.68
Total 38 9 11 18 23.68

Media Career[edit]

Merrington currently works for BBC Radio Solent, commentating on Southampton matches.[2]


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