Adrian Whitbread

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Adrian Whitbread
Personal information
Full name Adrian Richard Whitbread[1]
Date of birth (1971-10-22) 22 October 1971 (age 45)[1]
Place of birth Epping, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Puerto Rico FC (Manager)
Youth career
000?–1989 Leyton Orient
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1993 Leyton Orient 125 (2)
1993–1994 Swindon Town 36 (1)
1994–1996 West Ham United 10 (0)
1995 Portsmouth (loan) 13 (0)
1996–2001 Portsmouth 134 (2)
2000–2001 Luton Town (loan) 9 (0)
2001 Reading (loan) 19 (0)
2001–2003 Reading 14 (0)
2003 Exeter City (loan) 7 (0)
Teams managed
2003–2004 Barnet (assistant)
2004–2006 Brentford (assistant)
2006–2007 MK Dons (assistant)
2007 Leicester City (assistant)
2008–2011 Puerto Rico Islanders (assistant)
2012 Puerto Rico Islanders
2013–2014 Antigua Barracuda FC
2014–2015 Bahrain U23
2015 Barnet (first team coach)
2016– Puerto Rico FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Adrian Richard Whitbread (born 22 October 1971) is a former professional footballer and current head coach of Puerto Rico FC.

He played for Leyton Orient, Swindon Town, West Ham United, Portsmouth and Reading before retiring from playing due to a persistent knee injury. After his playing career ended, Whitbread became a coach. He had spells as assistant manager at Barnet, Brentford, Milton Keynes Dons and Leicester City. He has also coached overseas for Puerto Rico Islanders and Carolina Railhawks where he was head coach and for Antigua Barracuda FC, the Bahrain FA U23 Squad and Olympic team. Whitbread has frequently worked under the managership of Martin Allen as he is in his current first-team coach role at Barnet.

Playing career[edit]

Whitbread began his professional career as a trainee with Leyton Orient in 1989.[2] He captained the team at the age of 21,[3] and helped Leyton Orient to promotion to the Football League Second Division in 1992. He made a total of 155 league and cup appearances for Leyton Orient in four seasons, before joining Swindon Town in July 1993 for £500,000,[2] and made 38 league and cup appearances for Swindon in the 1993–94 season.[2] Following Swindon's relegation from the Premier League, Whitbread joined West Ham United in August 1994 in part-exchange for Joey Beauchamp.[3]

Whitbread's first-team opportunities at West Ham were limited and he made only 14 league and cup appearances.[2][3] He went to Portsmouth on loan in November 1995 and eventually joined them on a permanent basis in October 1996 for £250,000.[3] Following knee surgery in the summer of 2000, he was unable to obtain a regular place in the first-team and requested a transfer.[4] He joined Luton Town on loan in November 2000,[5] and then went on loan to Reading for the rest of the season in February 2001, before joining Reading on a permanent basis.[6] He had made a total of 145 league and cup appearances for Portsmouth, in addition to 13 appearances while on loan to Portsmouth in 1995.[2]

Whitbread signed a two-year contract with Reading in July 2001.[7] He made 18 league and cup appearances before a knee injury sustained in training in December 2001 ruled him out of the rest of the 2001–02 season.[2][8] He had a spell on loan at Exeter City in early 2003, where he made seven appearances, but a persistent knee injury forced his retirement from playing football in April 2003 without making any further appearances for Reading.[9]

Managerial career[edit]

After retiring, Whitbread joined Barnet in June 2003 as first-team coach, assisting Martin Allen.[10] He later worked as assistant manager at Brentford,[11] MK Dons, and Leicester City,[12] all under Allen.[13] In 2007 Allen and Whitbread lost their jobs at Leicester.[13] He qualified for the UEFA Pro Licence in 2008.[14]

Whitbread was named Assistant Coach of the Puerto Rico National Team and Puerto Rico Islanders in 2008. He held both positions through 2011. In December 2011, he was named head coach of Puerto Rico Islanders, now playing in the North American Soccer League. In 2013 Whitbread was appointed head coach of Antigua Barracuda FC.[15] In April 2014 Whitbread was appointed as the Bahrain U23 & Olympic Head Coach. Whitbread re-joined Barnet as a first-team coach in the summer of 2015.[16]

In August 2015, he was named as the inaugural coach of Puerto Rico FC.[17]


  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2003). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2003/2004. Queen Anne Press. p. 449. ISBN 1-85291-651-6. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Adrian Whitbread". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 9 March 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d Hogg, Tony (2005). Who's Who of West Ham United. Profile Sports Media. p. 214. ISBN 1-903135-50-8. 
  4. ^ "Pompey release Whitbread". BBC Sport. 15 November 2000. Retrieved 9 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "Pompey finance Whitbread's Luton move". BBC Sport. 13 November 2000. Retrieved 9 March 2008. 
  6. ^ "Royals secure Whitbread prize". BBC Sport. 8 February 2001. Retrieved 9 March 2008. 
  7. ^ "Reading's double deal". BBC Sport. 5 July 2001. Retrieved 9 March 2008. 
  8. ^ "Whitbread faces scan". BBC Sport. 19 December 2001. Retrieved 9 March 2008. 
  9. ^ "Whitbread forced to retire". BBC Sport. 9 April 2003. Retrieved 9 March 2008. 
  10. ^ "Barnet look to Whitbread". BBC Sport. 16 June 2003. Retrieved 9 March 2008. 
  11. ^ "Barnet duo to join Allen". BBC Sport. 21 March 2004. Retrieved 9 March 2008. 
  12. ^ "Allen raids MK Dons for key trio". BBC Sport. 6 June 2006. Retrieved 9 March 2008. 
  13. ^ a b Ashton, Neil; Neill Moxley (29 August 2007). "Allen axed by Leicester after just 96 days". Daily Mail. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  14. ^ "The Class of 2008". Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  15. ^ "Barracudas Appoint Whitbread". 13 June 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  16. ^ Adrian Whitbread appointed as First Team Coach
  17. ^ "Puerto Rico Football Club announced head coach and technical director". NASL. 24 August 2015. 

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