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Brian Kidd (born 29 May 1949 in Collyhurstmarker, Manchestermarker) is an Englishmarker football coach and former player, who works as the Technical Development Manager at the Manchester City academy. He was assistant manager to Alex Ferguson at Manchester United in the 1990s. He was also a member of the Manchester United team which won the European Cup in 1968.

Playing career

Kidd played for Manchester United (1963-1974), Arsenal (1974-1976), Manchester City (1976-1979), Everton (1979-1980) and Bolton Wanderers (1980-1982) in the Football League; and the Atlanta Chiefs (1981) (29 appearances, 23 goals), Fort Lauderdale Strikers (1982-83) (51 appearances, 34 goals) and Minnesota Strikers (1984) (13 appearances, 8 goals) in the NASL.

He came to prominence by scoring in the European Cup final in 1968 (for Manchester United in their defeat of Benfica), on his 19th birthday. He earned both of his England caps two years later. Following United's relegation to the Football League Second Division in 1974, Kidd was transferred to Arsenal for £110,000.

Kidd maintained a healthy goalscoring ratio throughout his career, and was still scoring on a regular basis in the final years of his career in Americamarker during the early 1980s.

Management and coaching career

After management posts at Barrow and Preston North End, he was involved in coaching young players before being brought back to Manchester United as a youth team coach by Alex Ferguson in 1988 and over the next three years helped bring through a host of talented players like Ryan Giggs and Darren Ferguson. When Ferguson's assistant Archie Knox moved to a similar capacity at Glasgow Rangers in the 1991 close season, Kidd was promoted to the role of assistant manager and helped Ferguson guide United to Football League Cup glory in 1992, the Premier League title in 1993, the double in 1994 and again in 1996, as well as another Premier League title in 1997.

He left United to take charge at Blackburn Roversmarker in December 1998, but he was unable to save them from being relegated from the Premier League (just four years after being champions) and Kidd was dismissed on 3 November 1999 with Rovers standing 19th in Division One. He moved to Leeds United in May 2000 as youth coach but was promoted to act as Head Coach in March 2001 under David O'Leary and then Terry Venables. He left Leeds in May 2003 after Peter Reid was appointed manager.

Meanwhile, Kidd was named as assistant to England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson in January 2003. He was forced to end this role in May 2004, just weeks before Euro 2004, due to undergoing surgery for prostate cancer. Kidd had recovered by February 2006.

In August 2006, former United player Roy Keane was appointed manager of Sunderland and there were rumours that Kidd would join him as assistant manager at the Stadium of Lightmarker, but this never happened. He instead accepted an offer to work as assistant to Neil Warnock at Sheffield United a few months after their promotion to the Premier League. After the Blades were relegated and Warnock resigned, Kidd remained at Bramall Lanemarker under new manager Bryan Robson (another former Manchester United player) but left the club after Robson departed in February 2008.

On 11 February 2009, Kidd was appointed as the assistant to caretaker manager Paul Hart at Premier League side Portsmouth.

Kidd left Portsmouth in August 2009 after rejecting a new contract offer. He then took the post of Technical Development Manager at Manchester City in September 2009.

Managerial stats

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Barrow 1984 1985 19 5 6 8 26.32
Preston North End 24 January 1986 1 March 1986 4 0 3 1 00.00
Blackburn Roversmarker 4 December 1998 3 November 1999 44 12 14 18 27.27


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