Gary Waddock

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Gary Waddock
Gary Waddock.jpg
Waddock in 2011
Personal information
Full name Gary Patrick Waddock[1]
Date of birth (1962-03-17) 17 March 1962 (age 58)[1]
Place of birth Kingsbury, England[1]
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1987 Queens Park Rangers 203 (8)
1987–1989 Charleroi 40 (1)
1989–1991 Millwall 58 (2)
1991–1992 Queens Park Rangers 0 (0)
1992Swindon Town (loan) 6 (0)
1992–1994 Bristol Rovers 71 (1)
1994–1998 Luton Town 153 (3)
Total 531 (15)
National team
1979 Republic of Ireland U21 1 (0)
1990 Republic of Ireland B 1 (0)
1990 Republic of Ireland U23 1 (0)
1980–1990 Republic of Ireland 21 (3)
Teams managed
2006 Queens Park Rangers
2007–2009 Aldershot Town
2009–2012 Wycombe Wanderers
2014 Oxford United
2015 Portsmouth (caretaker)
2016–2019 Aldershot Town
2019 Southend United (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Gary Patrick Waddock (born 17 March 1962, in Kingsbury, London) is a former professional footballer. He was assistant manager and then caretaker manager of Southend United. He formerly managed Queens Park Rangers, Aldershot Town, Wycombe Wanderers and Oxford United, and has previously worked at MK Dons as Head of Coaching and Portsmouth as assistant and caretaker manager. He grew up in Alperton, a suburb of Wembley, and attended Alperton High School.

Playing career[edit]

During his playing career, Waddock appeared professionally (predominantly as a midfielder) for six different clubs and earned 21 international caps, scoring three goals in the process for the Republic of Ireland. Waddock was controversially omitted from the 1990 FIFA World Cup squad by Jack Charlton.

He debuted for Queens Park Rangers in 1979 and went on to play 203 times and scored eight goals in the following eight years, playing in the 1982 FA Cup Final.

He left QPR for Charleroi in Belgium for three years between 1987 and 1989, making 40 appearances and scoring one goal, before returning to London with Millwall. In two years with Millwall, Waddock appeared 58 times and scored twice for the 'Lions'.

By 1991 he was back at QPR although he failed to make the first team and found himself on loan at Swindon Town where he made six appearances. Following on from his spell at Swindon, Waddock moved to Bristol Rovers in 1992, scoring one goal in 71 matches over the next three years.

His swan song took place with Luton Town. In four years he made 153 appearances and scored his final three professional goals.

Managerial career[edit]

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

During his time as manager, Ian Holloway took Waddock onto the coaching staff at Loftus Road at the QPR academy. Waddock found himself the new caretaker manager at QPR following Holloway's suspension on 6 February 2006.[2] Waddock, along with Alan McDonald as his assistant, managed to keep the club in the Championship, finishing 21st.

He was appointed full-time manager on 28 June 2006 after Holloway was put on gardening leave and eventually left for Plymouth Argyle.[3] On 20 September 2006, after a poor set of results had left QPR bottom of the table, Waddock was replaced by John Gregory.[4] He did, however, stay at the club as assistant manager.

Aldershot Town[edit]

He was confirmed as the new manager of Conference side Aldershot Town on 19 May 2007.[5] Waddock won his first trophy on 3 April 2008, when Aldershot Town beat Rushden & Diamonds 4–3 on penalties in the Conference League Cup.[6] The Shots finished top of the Conference National with a record 101 points, and were promoted to the Football League after a 1–1 draw away at Exeter City gave them the point they needed.[7] The Shots ended the season on an 18-match undefeated run. In recognition of this achievement, Waddock was named Conference manager of the year.[8]

Wycombe Wanderers[edit]

Waddock was appointed manager of the League One side on 13 October 2009 as successor to the sacked Peter Taylor.[9] Despite a turn in form, and a large turnover of players towards the end of the season, Waddock was unable to prevent Wycombe Wanderers' relegation to League Two.

Waddock again added to his squad in the summer by signing Nikki Bull, Andy Sandell and Dave Winfield, who he had previously managed, whilst at Aldershot Town. At the start of 2011, he captured Scott Donnelly on a season long loan, who he previously managed at both Queens Park Rangers and Aldershot Town.

Wycombe finished the 2010–11 season by being promoted back to League One (finishing third in League Two) after beating Southend United 3–1 at Adams Park in their final game of the season. However, they were relegated back to League Two the following season. On 22 September, Waddock was sacked as manager after a 1–0 defeat to AFC Wimbledon, their third successive defeat, left them 21st in League Two.[10]

Milton Keynes Dons[edit]

In June 2013, Waddock was appointed as Head of Coaching at Milton Keynes Dons alongside Karl Robinson.

Oxford United[edit]

On 22 March 2014, Waddock was appointed as Head Coach of Oxford United, replacing caretaker manager Mickey Lewis.[11] The club failed to reach the League Two play-offs under his managership, losing 7 of the 8 games played during his tenure,[12] and his contract was terminated in July the same year after changes in the club's ownership.[13]


Waddock joined Barnet in a coaching role for the 2014–15 season on a casual basis. In November, he agreed a rolling month-to-month contract,[14] but left for Portsmouth on 12 December.


On 12 December 2014, Waddock was announced as the new assistant manager of Portsmouth.[15] On 13 April 2015, Waddock was named as temporary manager for the last four games of the 2014–15 season after Andy Awford left the position by mutual consent.[16]

Return to Aldershot Town[edit]

On 5 May 2016, Waddock was reappointed as first-team manager at his former club Aldershot Town of the National League.[17] On 2 May 2019, Waddock left the club after his contract was mutually terminated following their relegation from the National League.[18]

Southend United[edit]

On 5 July 2019, he joined Southend United as assistant manager to Kevin Bond.[19] After Bond's resignation he took caretaker charge of the team until the appointment of Sol Campbell.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 22 October 2019[20]
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Queens Park Rangers 6 February 2006 19 September 2006 24 4 8 12 016.67
Aldershot Town 18 May 2007 14 October 2009 125 60 30 35 048.00
Wycombe Wanderers 13 October 2009 23 September 2012 147 47 39 61 031.97
Oxford United 22 March 2014 4 July 2014 8 1 0 7 012.50
Portsmouth (caretaker) 13 April 2015 2 May 2015 4 1 1 2 025.00
Aldershot Town 5 May 2016 2 May 2019 152 56 45 51 036.84
Southend United (caretaker) 13 September 2019 22 October 2019 9 1 2 6 011.11
Total 469 170 125 174 036.25


As a manager[edit]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Gary Waddock". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  2. ^ "QPR suspend Foxes target Holloway". BBC Sport. 4 February 2006. Retrieved 13 April 2008.
  3. ^ "Waddock appointed as QPR manager". BBC Sport. 28 June 2006. Retrieved 13 April 2008.
  4. ^ "Gregory appointed as new QPR boss". BBC Sport. 20 September 2006. Retrieved 13 April 2008.
  5. ^ "Waddock becomes Aldershot manager". BBC Sport. 18 May 2007. Retrieved 13 April 2008.
  6. ^ "Aldershot Town win Setanta Shield". BBC Sport. 4 April 2008. Retrieved 13 April 2008.
  7. ^ "Exeter 1–1 Aldershot". BBC Sport. 15 April 2008. Retrieved 15 April 2008.
  8. ^ News Aldershot Town[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Wycombe appoint Waddock as boss". BBC Sport. 13 October 2009. Retrieved 14 October 2009.
  10. ^ "Waddock relieved of duties". Wycombe Wanderers Official Website. 22 September 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  11. ^ "Gary Waddock Becomes Oxford Head Coach".
  12. ^ "Managers: Gary Waddock". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Oxford United: Michael Appleton named head coach in shake-up". BBC Sport. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  14. ^ "Barnet: Ex-Oxford manager Gary Waddock joins coaching staff". BBC Sport. 5 November 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  15. ^ "Gary Waddock joins Portsmouth as assistant manager". BBC Sport. 12 December 2014. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  16. ^ "Andy Awford: Portsmouth manager steps down from role". BBC Sport. 13 April 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  17. ^ "Gary Waddock returns as First-Team Manager". Aldershot Town F.C. 5 May 2016. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  18. ^ "Club Statement: Gary Waddock". Aldershot F.C. 2 May 2019. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
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  20. ^ Gary Waddock management career statistics at Soccerbase

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