Terry Connor

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Terry Connor
Terry Connor.jpg
Connor at Molineux on 22 May 2011
Personal information
Full name Terence Fitzroy Connor[1]
Date of birth (1962-11-09) 9 November 1962 (age 56)[1]
Place of birth Leeds, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Leeds City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1983 Leeds United 96 (19)
1983–1987 Brighton & Hove Albion 156 (51)
1987–1990 Portsmouth 48 (14)
1990–1991 Swansea City 39 (6)
1991–1993 Bristol City 16 (1)
1992Swansea City (loan) 3 (0)
1993–1994 Yeovil Town[2] 14 (0)
Total 372 (91)
National team
1986 England U21 1 (1)
Teams managed
2008–2012 Wolverhampton Wanderers (assistant manager)
2012 Wolverhampton Wanderers
2012 Wolverhampton Wanderers (assistant manager)
2012–2018 Ipswich Town (assistant manager)
2018– Republic of Ireland (assistant manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Terence Fitzroy Connor (born 9 November 1962) is an English former football player turned football coach, who was assistant manager of Championship club Ipswich Town. He was born in Leeds and was a pupil at Foxwood School, Seacroft, Leeds.[3][4]

As a player, Connor scored 91 goals from 358 games in the Football League as a striker playing for Leeds United, Brighton & Hove Albion, Portsmouth, Swansea City and Bristol City.[5] He was capped once for the England under-21 team.

He moved into coaching following his playing retirement, briefly working as a coach at both Bristol Rovers and Bristol City before joining Wolves in 1999. After holding a variety of positions he served as Wolves' manager for thirteen games during their Premier League relegation in 2012.

Playing career[edit]

Connor scored on his senior debut for Leeds United aged 17, in a 1–0 win over West Bromwich Albion on 17 November 1979. He made 108 appearances in total for Leeds over four seasons, scoring 22 goals. He joined Brighton & Hove Albion in exchange for Andy Ritchie, in March 1983. However, he was unable to appear in their FA Cup Final appearance just months later as he was already cup-tied. The club ended the season relegated. The majority of Connor's games for Brighton came in the Second Division. His form here won him an England under-21 cap in November 1986, when he played and scored against Yugoslavia under-21.[6] He scored 51 goals in 156 appearances before leaving Brighton as they dropped into the third tier in 1987. One of his most memorable goals for Brighton came when they knocked Liverpool out of the 1983-84 FA Cup, a season in which Liverpool won the Football League Cup, European Cup and were crowned English champions.[7] He moved along the South Coast to sign for Portsmouth in a £200,000 deal.

Portsmouth were newly promoted to the First Division at the time of Connor's arrival, but despite his goals they were relegated after just one season. He remained at Fratton Park for three seasons before joining Swansea City for £150,000 in August 1990. After a solitary full season with the Swans in the third tier, he moved to Bristol City in September 1991. He failed to make much impact at Bristol City, playing just 16 times and scoring once; he was also briefly loaned back to Swansea in autumn 1992. He dropped into non-League football in summer 1993 when he signed for Conference club Yeovil Town.

Coaching career[edit]

Early roles[edit]

After retiring, he became one of the coaching staff at Swindon Town. Later, Connor and family friend Maurice Gardner turned to coaching, working under John Ward at Bristol Rovers, before moving across the city to work at Bristol City.[8]

Move to Wolves[edit]

After John Ward moved to become assistant manager at Wolverhampton Wanderers, he recruited Connor to their coaching staff in August 1999.[9]

Connor served as a coach – at youth, reserve and first team level – under a succession of Wolves' managers before being promoted to assistant manager under Mick McCarthy in August 2008.[10]

Promotion to Manager[edit]

In February 2012, he was given the role of manager by Wolves until the end of the current season, after the sacking of Mick McCarthy.[11][12] chief executive Jez Moxey confirmed that the position was offered to one other candidate, widely considered by the media to be Alan Curbishley,[13] who refused the position before Connor was appointed.[14] This was despite the club's chief executive Jez Moxey stating that the job would be given to an experienced manager.[15]

Connor took charge with Wolves in 18th place, one of five teams at the foot of the table looking to avoid the three relegation places. His first game in charge brought a 2–2 draw at Newcastle United on 25 February 2012.[16] However, his side then suffered seven consecutive defeats which left them rooted to the bottom of the table and were relegated on 22 April after a 0–2 defeat to Manchester City.[17] In his thirteen games, he failed to achieve any wins and gained only four points from a possible 39. The team finished bottom of the table with one of the lowest points tallies in their history (25).

In May 2012 Wolves announced that Connor would be succeeded by Ståle Solbakken as a permanent appointment during the summer.[18] Connor had also been interviewed for the position.[19] It was agreed that he would return to his position as assistant manager following Solbakken's appointment,[20] but he departed after just four games of the new season.[21]

Ipswich Town[edit]

On 1 November 2012, Connor renewed his working relationship with Mick McCarthy, as he was appointed Ipswich Town's new assistant manager after McCarthy took charge at the club.[22] On 2 February 2013, Connor took charge of Ipswich while McCarthy was ill and won 4–0 against Middlesbrough.

Connor (left) with Mick McCarthy during their time at Ipswich Town.

On 30 June 2014 Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor agreed a new three-year deal with Ipswich. On 10 April 2018 they left Ipswich Town and cut the contract short with a 1-0 win over Barnsley.[23]

Republic of Ireland[edit]

On 25 November 2018, the FAI announced that Terry Connor would be the assistant coach of the Republic of Ireland for their upcoming European Championships 2020 campaign, joining Mick McCarthy. [24]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 1 July 2012[25]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Wolverhampton Wanderers 24 February 2012 1 July 2012 13 0 4 9 000.0
Total 13 0 4 9 000.0


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  3. ^ "Foxwood Sporting Triumphs". Armadale.org.uk. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  4. ^ Foxwood School's Jubilee Brochure, 1980
  5. ^ "Terry Connor". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 23 July 2010.
  6. ^ Courtney, Barrie (10 January 2004). "England – U-21 International Results 1986–1995 – Details". RSSSF. Retrieved 23 July 2010.
  7. ^ "Brighton v Liverpool". lfchistory.net. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
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  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 February 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) The Wolves Site – Staff
  10. ^ Smith, Lisa (5 August 2008). "Terry Connor promoted to assistant manager at Wolves". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 23 July 2010.
  11. ^ "Terry Connor appointed Wolves manager until end of the season". The Guardian. 24 February 2012.
  12. ^ "Terry Connor named Wolves manager until end of season". BBC Sport. 24 February 2012.
  13. ^ "Wolves fail with second Alan Curbishley approach". BBC Sport. 25 February 2012.
  14. ^ "Wolves chief Jez Moxey says one other turned down job". BBC Sport. 25 February 2012.
  15. ^ "Wolves need experienced new boss says chief Jez Moxey". BBC Sport. 13 February 2012.
  16. ^ "Newcastle 2–2 Wolves". BBC Sport. 25 February 2012.
  17. ^ "Wolves 0–2 Manchester City". BBC Sport. 22 April 2012.
  18. ^ "Wolves appoint Norwegian Stale Solbakken as new manager". BBC Sport. 11 May 2012.
  19. ^ "Wolves interview Terry Connor for manager's job". Express & Star. 8 May 2012.
  20. ^ "Wolves confirm Lange arrival". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 30 June 2012.
  21. ^ "Terry Connor leaves Wolves". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 3 September 2012.
  22. ^ "Mick is new Town boss". Ipswich Town F.C. 1 November 2012.
  23. ^ http://www.itfc.co.uk/news/article/boss-signs-new-deal-1706714.aspx
  24. ^ https://www.fai.ie/ireland/news/republic-of-ireland-under-21-managers-announced
  25. ^ "Managers: Terry Connor". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 January 2018.