Andy Scott (English footballer)
|Full name||Andrew Scott|
|Date of birth||2 August 1972|
|Place of birth||Epsom, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|1996||→ Chesterfield (loan)||5||(3)|
|1997||→ Bury (loan)||8||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Andrew Scott (born 2 August 1972) is an English former professional footballer whose clubs included Sheffield United, Brentford, Oxford United and Leyton Orient. He was most recently the manager of Aldershot Town until January 2015. He was manager of Rotherham United before that, until he was sacked in March 2012. During his playing career, Scott was primarily a striker but also played on the left wing at times. He was forced to retire in 2005 due to heart problems. Scott is currently a player recruitment advisor for Brentford.
Scott started his career in the youth system at Division One side Wimbledon under Geoff Taylor, but was released before making a first team appearance and joined non-league Sutton United. Scott was signed by Sheffield United for £50,000 in 1992, linking up with Geoff Taylor again, who was then the club's assistant manager. After loan spells at Bury and Chesterfield he signed for Brentford for £75,000 in November 1997, again linking up with Geoff Taylor, then Brentford's Director of Youth Football. He played 143 games for The Bees in all competitions during a five-year spell at Griffin Park. Scott moved on to Oxford United, again for £75,000, in January 2001. Scott moved to Leyton Orient in 2004, but was forced into retirement at the end of the 2004–05 season after a heart defect was discovered.
After his retirement, Scott landed a coaching role at Leyton Orient. He went on to become youth team manager. On 9 May 2007, Scott was appointed assistant manager at Brentford to Terry Butcher. On 11 December, Scott was named caretaker manager of Brentford following the sacking of Butcher. His caretaker spell was a successful one, and he landed the role permanently on 4 January 2008, signing a five-year contract.
His first calendar year in charge was recognised with an award, the BBC London "Manager of The Year" for 2008.
In his first full season in charge, Scott led the west London club to the 2008–09 Football League Two title (English football's 4th tier), confirming the championship with a 3–1 away win at Darlington on 25 April.
Scott was awarded the League Two Manager of the Month award for April/May 2009; which recognised his team's title and also the circumstances in which it had been achieved—four first choice strikers were hospitalised in the last 8 games of the campaign.
Scott was runner up of the LMA Manager of the Year Award for League Two in 2009 after the promotion winning season, losing out to Paul Tisdale of Exeter City. On 3 February 2011, he was sacked as manager of Brentford after a 4–1 defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge. His sacking was criticised by Wojciech Szczęsny when he posted Twitter tweeting "“What a joke! Andy Scott sacked?! He is a fantastic manager and Brentford will pay the price. They were struggling in League Two when AS took over! He is the only reason why Brentford is in League One.” Scott signed Szczęsny in 2009 and gave him more playing time.
On 13 April 2011, Scott was named manager of Rotherham United on a three-year contract. Scott was awarded the League Two Manager of the Month award for August 2011 after a good run of results and start with Rotherham. In March 2012 he was sacked after less than one year in charge.
On 22 February 2013, Scott was named manager of Aldershot Town following Dean Holdsworth's departure.
Almost two years later, on 21 January 2015, Scott was relieved of his duties along with his assistant Terry Bullivant, as Aldershot had only won one of their past nine league games.
On 1 July 2016, Scott returned to Brentford, this time as chief scout.
As a manager
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- Brentford Official Matchday Magazine versus Brighton & Hove Albion 22/08/98. Blackheath: Morganprint. 1998. p. 16.
- BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Leyton Orient | O's star Scott forced to retire
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- "25 April 2009 Darlington 1–3 Brentford". www.brentfordfc.co.uk. 24 April 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-04-28. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
- "Andy Scott sacked by Brentford". The Independent. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
- "Gunner Szczesny hot over Scott sacking". Mirror Football. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
- "Rotherham appoint Andy Scott as new manager". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
- "Scott named Manager of the Month". www.football-league.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2011-12-02. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
- "Andy Scott sacked as Rotherham United manager". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
- "Andy Scott back at Brentford". Get West London. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016.