Aidy Boothroyd

Adrian Neil " Aidy " Boothroyd ( born February 8, 1971 in Bradford) is an English football coach and former player. Most recently, he coached the English fourth division club Northampton Town. Previously, he was with the Watford FC in the season 2006/ 07 the youngest athletic director in the Premier League.

Playing career

As a football player Boothroyd was mostly as a full-back - apart from a roughly one-year stay in the Scottish first division club Heart of Midlothian - in the lower English professional leagues. His club stations was about Huddersfield Town, Bristol Rovers, Mansfield Town and Peterborough United. Due to injury, he must then finish his career prematurely at the age of only 26 years.

Coaching career

After the end of his playing career he was at Peterborough United youth coach of U-17, U-19 and reserve team of the club. There he made ​​himself with his good tactical understanding and a large driving force and a name changed in 2001 to Norwich City to conduct the training of local youth team under Nigel Worthington there. After two years at Carrow Road he occupied from now on at West Bromwich Albion, the position of technical director of the youth academy and moved to Leeds United in 2004 to become the assistant coach for the senior team. After only one more year, he was at the age of only 34 years, committed in March 2005 as head coach of FC Watford.

The Watford FC was at this time in a precarious position in the Football League Championship second-rate and not a few supporters and experts were surprised by the decision of the club management to appoint an inexperienced and young coaches in this office. Rather, an experienced athletic director was preferred because of the existential threat descent. The Bureau was but strongly behind this decision and the installation of Boothroyd should henceforth lead the club into a new era. After the seized relegation the young coach from the ranks of followers was then quickly the necessary backing.

Already at the beginning of the 2005/06 season Boothroyd said publicly that his goal was the promotion to the Premier League. Although this project was considered unrealistic, ensured consistently good season performance that the confidence in the club grew steadily and a place was reached at the end, the guaranteed participation in the play-off games to Erstligaaufstieg. There Boothroyd slammed his team after return game initially Crystal Palace and then reached the final of the club Leeds United against, for whom he had recently worked as Kotrainer. There Watford could actually ascend through a surprisingly high 3-0 victory in the English top flight. The reason for this high-altitude flight was seen by many experts almost exclusively in the coach work by Boothroyd, since he was able to incorporate a team self-confidence, through which it had one more year does not have before. Although the club had to return as Table immediately back into the second division in the 2006/07 season, the club management extended the contract with Boothroyd and received in October 2007, the award for the best second division coach of the month. After the direct promotion back to the 2007/ 08 season but failed and also the start of the season in the season 2008 /09 was due to grow, Boothroyd agreed with FC Watford on early termination.

On September 2, 2009 Boothroyd became the new coach of third division club Colchester United and successor to the Scot Paul Lambert.

At the beginning of the Football League Championship 2010/11 he took over the coaching job at second division Coventry City, but was dismissed in March 2011. In November 2011, he took over the fourth division Northampton Town.