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David Robert Merrington (born 26 January 1945 in Newcastle-upon-Tynemarker) is a former football manager.

As a player Merrington appeared in midfield for Burnley, playing 98 league games (1 goal) including a spell as captain. He later played for Bristol City before retiring and going into coaching [155913].

Merrington was a brief caretaker manager for Sunderland A.F.C. following the departure of Jimmy Adamson in 1978, and in 1980 he again took over from Adamson as caretaker manager (for 1 game only) at Leeds.

He took charge of Southampton for the 1995-96 season and was Premiership Manager of the Month in April 1996, his only full season in management. Despite keeping the Saints clear of relegation, he left days after the end of the season to look after his ill wife and was replaced by Graeme Souness. A year later he returned to the club as a coach but left again three years later. His next stop was a brief spell working as Walsall's first-team coach alongside manager Colin Lee in 2002.

Merrington is currently a summariser for Southampton commentaries on BBC Radio Solent.

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