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Steven David Darby, better known as Steve Darby, is an Englishmarker football coach currently assistant coach of Football Association of Thailand. He is well known throughout Asia as a pundit for ESPN Star Sports.

Playing career

Darby started out as a goalkeeper for Liverpool's youth team, but never made it into the first team and subsequently ended up on Tranmere Rovers' books, before playing for teams in the United Statesmarker and Australia.

Coaching career

Darby obtained his UEFA A Licence in 1979. He became an official FIFAmarker Instructor for the Oceania region in 1981 and was National Development Manager for the Australian Soccer Federation between 1990-1995.

He then moved on to coach Sydney Olympic, but left in 1998 to coach Johor FA, where he enjoyed a successful spell, winning Malaysia FA Cup. He left the club in 2001 to take charge of the Vietnamesemarker women's football team, whom he led to a gold medal in the SEA Games.

After that, he was appointed youth team coach for Sheffield Wednesday under Terry Yorath, but remained there only for a season before taking over the reigns at Singapore'smarker Home United FC. In his four year tenure as Home United boss, Darby led them to a league and cup double in 2003 and also a semi-final spot in the AFC Cup in 2004.

At the end of his Home United FC contract, Darby was heavily linked to the vacant India manager's post. However, he did not take up that job, choosing instead to join Perak FA despite having offers from two other Malaysianmarker clubs and a Vietnamesemarker club.

He led Perak FA to a second in the league last toughing 2006-07 season and has likely to guided Perak FA to a successful championship challenging position for the this season.

In October 2008, he was appointed Thailand assistant coach and works together with Peter Reid who was appointed Thailand chief coach in August. He would stay on as Assistant Coach to the newly appointed Bryan Robson as his assistant and as the U23 Team Coach, after preivious coach Peter Reid left to become Stoke manager Tony Pulis assistant.


  • Holds a Bachelor (Hons) in Physical Education from the University of Leeds
  • Speaks Arabic, French, Thai and a little Malay
  • Still makes occasional appearances as an ESPN Star Sports pundit despite coaching Perak FA, a team based roughly 500 kilometers north of ESPN's Singaporemarker studios.

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