Dean Wilkins

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Dean Wilkins
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Personal information
Full name Dean Mark Wilkins
Date of birth (1962-07-12) 12 July 1962 (age 52)
Place of birth Hillingdon, England
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Reading (first-team coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1983 Queens Park Rangers 2 (0)
1981 MYPA 11 (3)
1982 MYPA ? (2)
1983–1984 Brighton & Hove Albion 3 (0)
1984 Leyton Orient 10 (0)
1984–1987 PEC Zwolle 44 (3)
1987–1996 Brighton & Hove Albion 335 (31)
Total 405 (39)
Teams managed
2006–2008 Brighton & Hove Albion
2010 Southampton (caretaker manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Dean Mark Wilkins (born 12 July 1962) is an English former footballer and the ex manager of English football team Brighton & Hove Albion. Wilkins was temporarily in charge of Southampton, after the sacking of Alan Pardew, but was succeeded by Nigel Adkins after only three games. He is currently first-team coach at Reading.

Club career[edit]

Born in Hillingdon, Wilkins represented QPR, Leyton Orient and Brighton & Hove Albion as a player, before moving into coaching. He is the son of footballer George Wilkins and the youngest brother of the former England international Ray Wilkins, Chelsea defender Graham Wilkins and Brentford midfielder Stephen Wilkins. He spent the summers of 1981 and 1982 in Finland with MYPA.

Wilkins initially struggled to break into the Brighton team the year after they were relegated from the old first division, and so left to make his mark on the continent. He returned to play with some distinction for Brighton, having an excellent passing ability and delivery from free kicks.

In the 1990–91 season Wilkins scored in the final minute of the final match of the season to earn Brighton a place in the play-offs in division two, despite having negative goal difference for the season.

After Brighton won a two legged semi-final 6–2 against Millwall, Brighton lost 3–1 to Notts County in a pink wavy kit that resembled a pack of raspberry Chewits sweets. Wilkins scored Brighton's goal in the final minute, and so became the last Brighton player to hit the onion bag at the old Wembley stadium.

Managerial career[edit]

Wilkins assumed the position of caretaker manager when Mark McGhee was sacked in early September 2006. Later that month, it was announced that Wilkins had been given the job on a permanent basis.[1] On 3 April, Wilkins was offered a three-year contract with Brighton & Hove Albion, which was agreed on 24 April.[2]

Under his management, Brighton secured eighteenth position in League One at the end of the 2006–07 season, thus narrowly avoiding relegation. In early May 2008, it was announced he was to be replaced as manager at Brighton And Hove Albion by former manager Micky Adams, despite taking the Seagulls to a credible seventh place finish just outside of the playoffs in his first full season. As a consequence Wilkins was offered his former role as first team coach at the club. However, he rejected the offer and parted company with the club he had been associated with in various capacities for twenty years.

On 31 July 2009 Wilkins was named as Alan Pardew's assistant manager at Southampton.[3] On 30 August 2010, Wilkins was appointed caretaker manager at Southampton after manager Alan Pardew was sacked,[4] until 12 September when Nigel Adkins was appointed, but continued as Adkins's assistant.[5] He was dismissed, along with Adkins, on 18 January 2013.[6][7] In July 2013 he reunited with Adkins at Reading, where he was appointed first-team coach.[8]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 12 September 2010.
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Brighton & Hove Albion England 8 September 2006 8 May 2008 102 39 24 39 38.2
Southampton (caretaker) England 30 August 2010 12 September 2010 3 0 0 3 0.0


  1. ^ "Brighton confirm Wilkins as boss". BBC Sport. 29 September 2006. Retrieved 19 January 2007. 
  2. ^ "Wilkins agrees new Seagulls deal". BBC Sport. 24 April 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2007. 
  3. ^ Wilkins joins Southampton as assistant boss, The Brighton Argus, 31 July 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2009
  4. ^ "BBC Sport – Football – Southampton sack manager Pardew". BBC Sport. 30 August 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "New First Team Manager Appointed". Southampton F.C. 12 September 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Winter, Henry (18 January 2013). "Nigel Adkins stabbed in the back by Southampton as Argentina Mauricio Pochettino steps in as manager". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Szczepanik, Nick (20 January 2013). "Saints fans protest with white hankies to greet Mauricio Pochettino". The Independent. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Wilkins joins the Royals". Reading F.C. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 

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