David Pleat

David Pleat (born 15 January 1945 Nottingham ) is an English former football player and coach, who has worked as a sports commentator today.


Pleat began his playing career in 1962 at the local club Nottingham Forest. Previously, he had been denied several international assignments in the youth teams of the English national football team. After only six appearances for Forest, he was obliged from Luton Town for a fee of £ 8,000, later he also played for Shrewsbury Town, Exeter City and finally Peterborough United.

With 26 years Pleat began an engagement as player-manager of Nuneaton Borough, which was then playing in the Southern Football League, before he returned a year later (1972 ) to his former club Luton Town as a youth coach. 1978 Pleat was manager of the club, after his predecessor Harry Haslam left the club. In the first year of his managerial work Luton battled against relegation in the then Third Division, in the years that they were title contenders in the Second Division, which they won the 1981/82 then. In the season 1982/83 Luton managed to avoid relegation in the top flight on the final day as one with the direct fellow competitors against relegation Manchester City with a goal of the recently Radomir Antic substitute won a few minutes before the final whistle 1-0. Pleat aroused by his cheering storms on the pitch both the goal of Antic and after the final whistle nationwide attention.

1986 Pleat was obliged Tottenham Hotspur as manager and reached the FA Cup final in 1987, where they lost with his club in the extension against Coventry City 2-3. Pleat resigned in the same year because of revelations about his private life.

Later coach stations were Leicester City, Luton Town again and Sheffield Wednesday, where he was released in November 1997 in the middle of a relegation battle.

1998 returned Pleat back as sports director at Tottenham Hotspur and took over in 2003 after the sacking of Glenn Hoddle as coach until the end of the season.

Activities as a sports commentator

Pleat writes regular columns in The Guardian, which mainly deal with the tactical side of current matches of the Premier League or the English national football team. In addition, he also writes articles for the Daily Mail and worked for many years as a TV commentator for ITV, left the TV station but in August 2009.