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James "Jim" Harvey (born 2 May 1958) is a Northern Irishmarker former football who is currently manager of Chester City.

Playing career

As a player, Harvey began his career at Glenavon in his hometown of Lurganmarker, before joining Arsenal in 1977. He made only three Football League appearances and one UEFA Cup appearance in three years, with his debut coming against Derby County on 9 May 1978.

Harvey moved to Hereford United in 1980, where he made 278 league appearances. He had a brief spell at Bristol City and then on loan to Wrexham, before moving to Tranmere Rovers in 1987; there he played 239 matches, scoring 19 goals, and became club captain.

Spells at Crewe Alexandramarker, Southportmarker and Chester City (youth coach) followed, and he finished his playing career as player-manager at Morecambe.

Managerial career

Harvey joined Morecambe as player-manager in July 1994 and led them into the Football Conference in 1996. In 1998 he managed Morecambe to the Conference League Cup title, beating Woking in the Final. He also led Morecambe to second place in the Conference in 2003, before being defeated on a penalty shootout in the semi-final against Dagenham & Redbridge. He also served as assistant manager to long-time friend Sammy McIlroy when McIlroy was in charge of the Northern Ireland national team.

Harvey suffered a heart attack before a league match against Cambridge United in November 2005. Whilst Harvey was given time off to recuperate, McIlroy was installed as caretaker manager. McIlroy took Morecambe into the play-offs during Harvey's absence, and on Harvey's first day back after his illness in May 2006, he was sacked with McIlroy being installed as permanent manager in his place. Harvey's sacking from Morecambe has led to serious animosity between the two former friends and colleagues; they refused to shake hands when Harvey's Forest Green side met McIlroy's Morecambe at Christie Parkmarker in November 2006.

After spending the pre-season coaching at Crewe Alexandramarker, in September 2008, Harvey replaced Gary Owers to become Forest Green Rovers' seventh manager in nine seasons. He took over a team bottom of Conference the with just 2 points from the first six games and led them to safety with a game to spare. In his second season as Forest Green boss he lead the club to its highest ever league finish of 8th in the Conference National under his guidance. He then lead the club to the third round of the FA Cup in his third season at Forest Green where they narrowly lost 4–3 to Championship side Derby County. In the same season he took Forest Green in to the Conference League Cup Final following a 1–0 away win at Ebbsfleet Unitedmarker in the semi finals however Forest Green lost in the final to AFC Telford United 0-3 on penalties after the game finished goalless. He left the club in August 2009.

On 6 October 2009, Harvey was appointed manager of Chester City until the end of the 2009–10 season, where he had previously been part of the coaching staff in the mid 1990s.

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