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 43)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
1992–1994 Derby County
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1999 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
1995 Republic of Ireland U21 1 (0)
1997 Republic of Ireland B 1 (0)
1997–2008 Republic of Ireland 40 (0)
Teams managed
2012–2013 Coventry City (assistant)
2012 Coventry City (caretaker)
2013 Coventry City (caretaker)
2013 Sheffield United (assistant)
2014–2015 Brentford Development Squad
2015 Brentford
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Lee Kevin Carsley (born 28 February 1974) is a former professional football midfielder, currently a coach within the Manchester City youth setup. In a playing career lasting 17 years, he is best remembered for his spells in the Premier League and Football League with Everton and Derby County. Although born in Birmingham, England, Carsley represented the Republic of Ireland at international level. After retiring from playing in 2011, he entered coaching with Coventry City.

Club career[edit]

Derby County[edit]

A defensive midfielder, Carsley began his career with Division One side Derby County and made his debut in a 6–1 Anglo-Italian Cup group stage victory over Cesena on 6 September 1994.[3] He went on to become a regular fixture in the team during the 1994–95 and 1995–96 seasons, making 37 appearances and scoring two goals in the latter campaign to help the Rams to a second-place finish and promotion to the Premiership.[4][5] Carsley made 30 appearances during his first season in the top-flight as the club consolidated its position with a 12th-place finish.[5][6] He remained at Pride Park until March 1999 and departed Derby having made 166 appearances and scored five goals for the club.[7]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

Carsley joined Premiership strugglers Blackburn Rovers in March 1999 for a £3.4 million fee.[8] He made 8 appearances in the final two months of the 1998–99 season, failing to taste victory and suffering relegation to Division One.[9] Back in the second-tier, Carsley was encouraged to play a more advanced midfield role by manager Brian Kidd and showed the best goalscoring form of his career,[10] topping the club's chart with 11 goals,[11] though Rovers could finish no better than 11th.[12] Despite falling out of favour with new manager Graeme Souness and handing in a transfer request, Carsley played on into the 2000–01 season before leaving the club in December 2000.[8] Carsley made 55 appearances and scored 13 goals during just over 18 months at Ewood Park.[7] Carsley recalled in 2013 that he enjoyed working under Brian Kidd and living in the town.[10]

Coventry City[edit]

Carsley signed with struggling Premiership club Coventry City in December 2000 on a four-and-a-half year contract for a fee believed to be £2.5 million.[8] Despite being a near ever-present under Gordon Strachan,[13] he could not prevent the Highfield Road club from suffering relegation to the second-tier for the first time in 34 years.[14] Despite Coventry looking outside bets for a place in the promotion playoffs,[15] Carsley left the club in March 2002, having made 52 appearances and scored four goals.[7]

Everton[edit]

Carsley signed for Premiership side Everton in February 2002 on a four-and-a-half year deal for a £1.9 million fee.[16] Despite manager Walter Smith departing the following month, his replacement David Moyes kept Carsley in the team and he made 8 appearances in what remained of the 2001–02 season, scoring his first goal for the club with a first half equaliser in an eventual 4–3 defeat to Arsenal on the final day of the season.[17] Carsley enjoyed mixed fortunes during his first two seasons at Everton, but 2004–05 saw him become an increasingly important player within the team.[18] He was a regular starter in a 4–1–4–1 formation, sitting just in front of the defence and just behind the midfield.[19] In December 2004, Carsley scored the winner in the 200th Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool, a strike which won him Everton's Goal of the Season award.[20] The win took Everton temporarily to second place in the Premier League.[21] He continued to perform well and Everton finished 4th, gaining entry to the third qualifying stage of the Champions League.[22]

Four minutes from the end of the 2004–05 season, Carsley was stretchered off with a twisted knee during a 3–2 defeat to Bolton Wanderers (a game in which he scored).[23] He was fit to resume pre-season training but strained medial ligaments in a pre-season friendly away to Fenerbahçe in late July 2005.[24] He returned to the side for Everton's FA Cup fourth round replay versus Chelsea on 8 February 2006, replacing Leon Osman late in the 4–1 defeat.[25] He made five further appearances during the 2005–06 season, before his season was ended after receiving dubious a straight red card for a foul on Didier Drogba in a league match versus Chelsea on 17 April.[26] Carsley started every league game during the 2006–07 season and helped Everton to 6th place and UEFA Cup qualification.[18] He signed a new one-year contract in May 2007 and was again an integral part of the team during the 2007–08 season,[18][27] making 49 appearances and scoring one goal.[28] Carsley turned down the offer of a new contract and departed Goodison Park at the end of the season,[29] after making 199 appearances and scoring 13 goals during just over six years with Everton.[20]

Birmingham City[edit]

Carsley signed for hometown Championship club Birmingham City in May 2008.[29] With club captain Damien Johnson expected to be out of action for several months following a back operation, Carsley began the 2008–09 season as captain.[30] He made 44 appearances and scored two goals to help the Blues to a second-place finish and promotion straight back to the Premier League.[31][32] Carsley won the Players' and Junior Blues' Player of the Season awards.[33] Carsley suffered an injury-hit 2009–10 season,[34] making just 9 appearances and scoring one goal.[35] He departed St Andrew's at the end of the campaign and made 53 appearances and scored three goals during his time with the Blues.[7][34]

Return to Coventry City[edit]

Carsley returned to former club Coventry City, then in the Championship, in July 2010, signing a one-year contract.[36] He was appointed club captain by manager Aidy Boothroyd.[37] Carsley made 25 appearances during the 2010–11 season and was released at the end of the campaign,[38] which led to his retirement from professional football.[39]

International career[edit]

U21 and 'B'[edit]

Carsley qualified for the Republic of Ireland national team through his grandmother, who is from Dunmanway, County Cork.[40] He made his international debut at U21 level in 3–1 1996 European U21 Championship qualifying defeat to Portugal U21 on 14 November 1995 and represented the B team in a match against the League of Ireland XI 18 months later.[4]

Full[edit]

Carsley won his first cap at senior level in a 1–1 1998 World Cup qualifying draw with Romania on 11 October 1997 and played in Ireland's two playoff matches, which were lost 3–2 on aggregate to Belgium.[4] He was a regular during Ireland's failed qualifying attempt for Euro 2000 and played in the 1–1 playoff first leg draw with Turkey on 13 November 1999.[4] Despite having featured in only four matches in the previous 20 months and only one 2002 World Cup qualifier,[4] Carsley was selected in Mick McCarthy's squad for the 2002 World Cup.[41] He made one appearance in the tournament,[4] as a late substitute for Mark Kinsella in a 3–0 group stage win over Saudi Arabia.[42]

On 7 April 2004, Carsley declared that he would take a break from international football in order to focus on his family and winning his place back in the Everton team.[43] 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".[44] He returned to international football with a start in a 1–1 Euro 2008 qualifying draw with the Czech Republic on 11 October 2006.[45] From that point on, Carsley was a regular in Steve Staunton's selections, though Ireland failed to qualify for Euro 2008.[4] Carsley's 40th and final international cap came in a 1–0 friendly defeat to Brazil at Croke Park on 6 February 2008.[4][46]

Coaching career[edit]

Coventry City[edit]

Carsley worked on his coaching badges while a player at Everton and in July 2011,[10] Carsley was appointed coach of Coventry City's U18 team.[39] He led them to runners-up spot in the Premier Academy League and was promoted to coach the Development Squad and assist with the club's first team in May 2012.[47] He left the club in July 2013.[48]

Sheffield United[edit]

In July 2013, Carsley joined League One side Sheffield United as "Assistant Manager-Technical", working alongside his former Everton teammate David Weir,[48] who had taken charge of the Bramall Lane club a month earlier.[49] After winning the first game of the season 2–1 against Notts County, the Blades failed to win any of their next 12 matches and both Carsley and Weir were sacked on 11 October 2013.[50]

England age-groups[edit]

In September 2015, Carsley began coaching the England U19 team under his former Coventry City manager Aidy Boothroyd.[51] In 2016, Carsley was revealed to be a full-time "out of possession" coach for all the England teams between U15 and U21 level.[52]

Manchester City Academy[edit]

Carsley was appointed Man City U18 manager in August 2016.[53]

Managerial career[edit]

Coventry City[edit]

Upon the sacking of manager Andy Thorn on 26 August 2012, Carsley and Richard Shaw took over as caretaker managers,[54] before the appointment of Mark Robins on 19 September.[55] Later that season, Carsley took sole caretaker charge when Robins left the club on 14 February 2013,[56] until Steven Pressley's appointment on 8 March.[57]

Brentford[edit]

Carsley was appointed Development Squad manager at Championship side Brentford in mid-October 2014, replacing Jon De Souza.[58] The move saw Carsley reunite with David Weir, then-first team assistant manager at Griffin Park and he managed the Development Squad to a third-from-bottom finish in the Professional Development League 2 South during the 2014–15 season.[58][59]

On 28 September 2015, Carsley was promoted to head coach of the first team following the departure of Marinus Dijkhuizen, with his former Derby County and Coventry City teammate Paul Williams promoted from logistics manager to assistant head coach.[60] He accepted a deal until the end of the 2015–16 season.[61] Having lost his first two matches in charge, an upturn in form (after being afforded time to work with the squad during an international break)[62] saw Carsley win the October 2015 Championship Manager of the Month award for leading the Bees to four wins from five matches.[63] With incoming head coach Dean Smith watching from the stands, Carsley's tenure ended with a 1–1 draw away to Bolton Wanderers on 30 November.[64] He remained at Griffin Park to assist Smith's integration into the club, before departing on 10 December.[65]

Personal life[edit]

Carsley grew up in Sheldon and attended Cockshut Hill Secondary School in Yardley.[10][66] As of April 2013, Carsley and his wife Louisa were living in Kenilworth with their three children.[10] He is patron of the Solihull Down Syndrome Support Group,[67] with which the Carsleys became actively involved because their second son has the condition.[68]

Club career statistics[edit]

Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Derby County 1994–95[4] Division One 23 2 1 0 4 0 1[a] 0 28 2
1995–96[4] 35 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 37 1
1996–97[6] Premier League 24 0 4 0 2 0 30 0
1997–98[69] 34 1 2 0 2 0 38 1
1998–99[9] 22 1 5 0 3 0 30 1
Total 138 5 12 0 13 0 3 0 166 5
Blackburn Rovers 1998–99[9] Premier League 8 0 8 0
1999–00[70] Division One 30 10 4 1 0 0 34 11
2000–01[13] 8 0 4 1 12 1
Total 47 11 4 1 4 1 55 13
Coventry City 2000–01[13] Premier League 23 2 2 0 25 2
2001–02[17] Division One 26 2 1 0 2 1 29 3
Total 47 4 3 0 2 1 52 4
Everton 2001–02[17] Premier League 8 1 8 1
2002–03[71] 24 3 1 0 2 0 27 3
2003–04[72] 21 2 3 0 2 0 26 2
2004–05[73] 36 4 3 0 2 1 41 5
2005–06[25] 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2006–07[74] 38 1 1 0 3 0 42 1
2007–08[28] 34 1 1 0 5 0 9[b] 0 49 1
Total 166 11 10 0 14 1 9 0 199 13
Birmingham City 2008–09[31] Championship 41 2 1 2 0 0 44 2
2009–10[35] Premier League 7 0 1 0 1 1 29 3
Total 48 2 2 0 3 1 53 3
Coventry City 2010–11[38] Championship 25 2 0 0 0 0 25 2
Career total 471 33 30 1 36 4 12 0 329 50
  1. ^ Appearance in Anglo-Italian Cup.
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Cup.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 30 November 2015
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref
P W D L Win %
Coventry City (caretaker) 26 August 2012 19 September 2012 6 1 1 4 16.7 [54][55][75]
Coventry City (caretaker) 14 February 2013 8 March 2013 5 3 0 2 60.0 [56][76]
Brentford 28 September 2015 30 November 2015 10 5 2 3 50.0 [76]
Total 21 9 3 9 42.9

Honours[edit]

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