Lee Carsley

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Lee Carsley
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Carsley playing for Everton in 2007
Personal information
Full name Lee Kevin Carsley[1]
Date of birth (1974-02-28) 28 February 1974 (age 41)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1999 Derby County 138 (5)
1999–2000 Blackburn Rovers 47 (11)
2000–2002 Coventry City 47 (4)
2002–2008 Everton 166 (11)
2008–2010 Birmingham City 48 (2)
2010–2011 Coventry City 25 (0)
Total 471 (33)
National team
1997–2008 Republic of Ireland[2] 40 (0)
Teams managed
2011– Coventry City (first team coach)
2012 Coventry City (caretaker)
2013 Sheffield United (assistant-"technical")
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Lee Kevin Carsley (born 28 February 1974) is a former professional footballer who played in the Football League and Premier League for Derby County, Blackburn Rovers, Coventry City, Everton and Birmingham City. Although born in Birmingham, England, he represented the Republic of Ireland internationally. He played as a midfielder and is currently manager of the Development Squad at Brentford.[3]


Derby, Coventry and Blackburn[edit]

Carsley began his career at Derby County where he played more than 150 games in all competitions.[4] He was sold to Blackburn Rovers in March 1999 for £4.5 million,[5] and was their top scorer in 1999–2000, his only full season with the club.[6] In December 2000 he moved on to Coventry City for a fee of around £3.0 million,[5] but spent only 14 months with the club before moving on again, this time to Everton for £1.9 million.[7]


Carsley enjoyed mixed fortunes during his first two seasons at Everton, but the 2004–05 season saw him become an increasingly important player within the team. He was a regular starter in the 4–1–4–1 formation, sitting just in front of the defence and just behind the midfield.[8]

In December 2004, Carsley scored the winner in the 200th Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool. The win took Everton temporarily to second place in the Premier League.[9] He continued to perform well and Everton ended up finishing fourth, thus gaining entry to the third qualifying stage of the Champions League.[10]

Four minutes from the end of the 04–05 season, during a game against Bolton Wanderers, Carsley was stretchered off with a twisted knee. He was fit to resume pre-season training but was injured again at the start of the 2005–06 campaign in a pre-season friendly away to Fenerbahçe S.K. keeping him out for a further 5 months.

Carsley returned to the Everton's first team for the 0–0 away draw with Charlton Athletic in April 2006. He played in the next game against Tottenham Hotspur and lined up against Chelsea also. 46 minutes into that game Carsley received a dubious straight red card for his foul on Didier Drogba,[11] receiving a three-match suspension and ending his season.

On 3 November 2007 Carsley scored a fine goal in the 93rd minute for Everton against Birmingham City to give Everton victory after the game appeared to be heading towards a 1–1 draw.[12] Everton eventually won 3–1.

Birmingham City[edit]

His contract with Everton was due to expire at the end of 2007–08 season; he chose not to accept the offered extension, and signed for home-town club Birmingham City in May 2008.[13] With club captain Damien Johnson expected to be out of action for several months following a back operation, Carsley started the 2008–09 season as captain.[14] At the end of the season, Birmingham were promoted back to the Premier League, and Carsley won the Players' and Junior Blues' Player of the Season awards.[15]

In November 2009, he was at the centre of controversy in Birmingham's Premiership match against Liverpool at Anfield. Following his tackle on David N'Gog, a penalty was awarded which Steven Gerrard converted to bring the scores level. Carsley believed that N'Gog had dived to win the penalty and described it as "an embarrassing case of cheating".[16][17] After a season disrupted by injury, he confirmed in April 2010 that he would leave the club at the end of the season.[18]

Coventry City[edit]

Carsley returned to former club Coventry City in July 2010, signing a one-year contract.[19] He was appointed club captain by manager Aidy Boothroyd.[20] After he was released at the end of his contract, he retired from professional football.[21]

Coaching career[edit]

Coventry City[edit]

In July 2011, Carsley was appointed coach of Coventry City's under-18 team.[21] He led them to runners-up spot in the FA Premier Academy League, and was then promoted to coach the development squad and assist with the club's first team.[22]

Sheffield United[edit]

In July 2013 Carsley joined Sheffield United's backroom staff, taking the title of 'Assistant manager-technical', working alongside his former Everton team mate, David Weir who had taken charge of the Bramall Lane club a month earlier. Carsley worked alongside Adam Owen who shares the assistant managers responsibilities, with Carsley responsible for coaching while Owen looks after the players fitness.[23] After winning the first game of the season 2-1 against Notts County, Sheffield United failed to win any of their next 12 matches and both Carsley and Weir were sacked on the 11th October 2013.


Carsley was appointed Development Squad manager at Championship side Brentford in mid-October 2014, replacing Jon De Souza.[3] The move saw Carsley reunite with David Weir, the current first team assistant manager at Griffin Park.

International career[edit]

Carsley qualifies for the Republic of Ireland national team through his grandmother, who is from Dunmanway, County Cork.

Carsley was involved in the qualification for both the 1998 and the 2002 World Cups. He was part of the Ireland squad that reached the last 16 of the 2002 World Cup, making one appearance in the finals, in their 3–0 win over Saudi Arabia in the group stages.[citation needed]

In 2004 he declared he was going to take a break from the international scene to focus both on getting back in the Everton side and on his family. In September 2005, Carsley announced that "As soon as I am playing again, I will be straight on the phone saying I want to be considered for the Ireland squad".[24] Although he was controversially left out of the squad for a 5–2 defeat away to Cyprus, he showed he could still perform at the highest international level with a solid display against Czech Republic at Lansdowne Road in October 2006.[25]

He won 39 caps for his country.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Carsley and wife Louisa live in Solihull and have three children. He is patron of the local Down's syndrome support group, with which the Carsleys became actively involved because their second son has the condition.[27]


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  2. ^ Lee Carsley at National-Football-Teams.com
  3. ^ a b http://www.brentfordfc.co.uk/news/article/academy-coaching-update-21.10.14-2030013.aspx
  4. ^ "Lee Carsley". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Persistent Coventry land Carsley". BBC Sport. 1 December 2000. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Blackburn 1999/2000 player appearances". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "Carsley joins Everton". BBC Sport. 8 February 2002. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  8. ^ Lawrenson, Mark (2 November 2004). "Why Everton must keep Eidur down at Bridge". Liverpool Daily Post. Retrieved 17 November 2008. 
  9. ^ "Everton 1–0 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 11 December 2004. Retrieved 17 November 2008. 
  10. ^ Hunter, Andy (3 February 2007). "Lee Carsley: 'All of a sudden you have something that rocks you'". The Independent. Retrieved 17 November 2008. the contribution made by Carsley can often be overlooked at Everton even though, under Moyes, his availability has coincided neatly with an improvement in fortunes. ... Almost ever-present when Everton finished fourth in 2004 he missed the following season's misery – when the club managed to exit three competitions (the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup and League Cup) by October – with a cruciate knee ligament injury. 
  11. ^ Wallace, Sam (18 April 2006). "Chelsea 3 Everton 0: Mourinho's men relish chance to retain title in front of United". The Independent. Retrieved 17 November 2008. Carsley can have cause for complaint because, while his tackle was a definite booking, it lacked the edge of malice for an upgrade to red. 
  12. ^ Barnes, Stuart (4 November 2007). "Vintage Carsley drives Bruce to distraction". The Observer. Retrieved 17 November 2008. Goodison fans are unlikely to forget in a hurry the dramatic impact the midfielder made in stoppage time when most of them had settled for a frustrating 1–1 scoreline. ... Carsley struck a fine goal to regain the lead for his side and set up a third for James Vaughan. 
  13. ^ "Carsley signs for Birmingham City". BBC Sport. 19 May 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2008. 
  14. ^ "Jonty to have op". Birmingham City F.C. 21 July 2008. Retrieved 21 July 2008. 
  15. ^ Richards, Andy (15 April 2009). "Gala awards night celebrates the true Blues". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "Birmingham angry at 'cheat' Ngog". BBC Sport. 9 November 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2009. 
  17. ^ Hunter, Andy (10 November 2009). "David Ngog's 'embarrassing case of cheating' gets Liverpool a draw". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  18. ^ "Lee Carsley set to leave Birmingham City". BBC Sport. 28 April 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  19. ^ "Transfer: Carsley joins Sky Blues". Coventry City F.C. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  20. ^ "Lee Carsley appointed new Coventry City captain". BBC Sport. 26 July 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  21. ^ a b "Coventry City appoint Lee Carsley as Under-18 coach". BBC Sport. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  22. ^ "Lee Carsley promoted to Andy Thorn's Coventry City backroom staff". Coventry Telegraph. 1 May 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  23. ^ "Carsley joins backroom team". Sheffield United FC Official Web Site. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  24. ^ King, Dominic (20 September 2005). "Carsley eyes Irish return". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 17 November 2008. 
  25. ^ "Carsley delighted to be back in the fold". RTÉ. 6 February 2007. Retrieved 17 November 2008. 
  26. ^ "Ireland's International Players". Football Association of Ireland. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  27. ^ Savvas, Christina (23 August 2011). "Carsley reveals how his son lives with Down's Syndrome". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 

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