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Peter Shreeves (born 30 November 1940) is an Englishmarker former football player, manager and coach. He is currently Director of Football at Grays Athletic.

Career

Shreeves was born in Neathmarker in South Walesmarker where his mother had been evacuated to during the early stages of World War II, but was brought up in Islingtonmarker, Londonmarker. He began his career with non-league Finchley from where he joined Reading in January 1959. He made over 100 league appearances for Reading over the next seven years, but his professional career was curtailed by a broken leg. He left Reading in 1959 to join Southern League club Chelmsford City.

In the summer of 1969, Shreeves joined Wimbledon where he remained until taking up a coaching post at Charlton Athletic in 1974. Later that year he joined Tottenham Hotspur as youth coach. In 1977, Tottenham manager Keith Burkinshaw promoted him to manager of the reserve team, and then as his assistant in 1980.

In June 1984, Shreeves was promoted to the manager's seat after Burkinshaw's resignation and took Spurs to third place in the league at the end of his first season as manager. This would normally have earned them a UEFA Cup place, but the ban on English clubs in European competition began at this time due to the Heysel Stadium disastermarker. Tottenham finished 10th the following season and Shreeve was sacked in favour of David Pleat in March 1986.

In August that year Shreeves joined the coaching staff at Queens Park Rangers and in December 1988 was made assistant manager after Trevor Francis had been appointed as player-manager. He then worked as assistant to Steve Perryman at Watford before working as Wales assistant manager under Terry Yorath.

Shreeves returned to Tottenham as manager in July 1991 after Terry Venables had moved upstairs to become Chief Executive. Tottenham had won the FA Cup under Venables, but Shreeves was sacked after just one season with Tottenham finishing 15th in the league.

From 1993 to 1996 he was assistant manager at Chelsea before Glenn Hoddle became England manager and Ruud Gullit did not include Shreeves in his management team.

Shreeves then became assistant manager to David Pleat at Sheffield Wednesday, and worked alongside subsequent managers Ron Atkinson and Danny Wilson before being named caretaker manager in March 2000. By this date, the Owls were struggling at the bottom of the Premiership and was not given the job permanently after the club's relegation was confirmed. But he was retained as assistant manager to Paul Jewell, and got the job permanently when Jewell was sacked in February 2001. The Owls were looking in real danger of a second successive relegation at the time, but Shreeves kept them clear, earning the Manager of the Month award for March 2001 in the process. However, he resigned in October 2001 with the Owls struggling in the league.

Shreeves made a return to football as manager of Conference side Barnet in February 2002, earning the Conference Manager of the Month Award for his first month in charge. However, he resigned after just one year in charge, with the Bees struggling to make the Conference play-offs.

Grays Athletic appointed Shreeves as caretaker manager following Gary Phillips being placed on gardening leave on 10 September, until the club appoint a manager on 16 September.

References

  1. Captain Atherton's band of hopefuls
  2. Shreeves named manager of the month
  3. Shreeves quits Wednesday
  4. Barnet unveil Shreeves
  5. Shreeves lands award
  6. Shreeves quits Barnet



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