Who Was England's First International Football Manager?


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Sir Walter Winterbottom (1913 - 2002) was England's first international manager, a position he held from 1946 to 1962, managing England for a total number of 139 games with a 56% win record. He was England's longest serving and youngest manager. Winterbottom was succeeded by World Cup winning England manager Sir Alf Ramsey.

Walter Winterbottom was born in Lancashire, England, on the 31st of January 1913. He began playing football at an early age and was soon scouted to play for Mossley AFC.

Following a successfully season playing centre half for Mossley, Winterbottom soon attracted the attention of Manchester United who signed him the following season. Widely considered to be one of the most promising young English talents in the game, Winterbottom was given his debut for Manchester United in 1936. However, after only 27 appearances for United's first team, and still in the early stages of his career, he was forced to retire due to a disease of the spine.

During the second world war Winterbottom served as an officer in the Royal Air Force and, after he was demobilsed, the FA appointed him the first manager of the English National team, despite having no previous managerial experience in professional football. He went on to manage the team for 16 years and took England to four World Cup finals. He set up both England's youth and under 23 teams and, in 1978, Walter Winterbottom was awarded a knighthood for his services to sport. He died in 2002 at the age of 89.      

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Walter Winterbottom was the first manager of England football club. He died at the fair age of 89.
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Matt Cashen answered
The first manager of England was Walter Winterbottom. Winterbottom was first taken on to coach England, with the squad and first eleven picked by a selection panel from the FA.

As time went on and Winterbottom had more influence on the side and the way the team played he was eventually given the job as England's first manager.

Winterbottom is credited as managing England from nineteen forty six until nineteen sixty two. In that period England played one hundred and thirty nine internationals, winning seventy eight, drawing thirty three and losing on only twenty eight occasions.

Walter Winterbottom was unfortunate enough to be England manager at a time when it was believed that England were by far the greatest footballing nation in the world. This sadly (like today), proved to be very far of the mark and Winterbottom had the sad honour of being the manager of the first England side to lose at Wembley when Hungary thrashed England six three in nineteen fifty three.
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Adam Akim , football, answered

England is one of the two oldest national teams in football, alongside Scotland, whom they played in the world's first international football match in 1872.England's home ground is Wembley Stadium, London, and their headquarters are at St George's Park, Burton upon Trent. The team's manager is Gareth Southgate.

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England's first team manager was Walter Winterbottom. He was put in charge as soon as international football resumed after the war. Before that, the England side was picked by the FA International committee. He took the post as a 33-year-old and held it for 16 years during which time he took England to four World Cups.
His first match in charge was on 28 September 1946, a British Championship match at Windsor Park in Belfast. The result as Northern Ireland 2 England 7. It was the start of an impressive set of results for Winterbottom. In his 16 years in charge, England won 79 matches, drew 32 and lost 28. However, his reign did include the shock 1-0 defeat by the United States at the 1950 World Cup, as well as the famous 6-3 thrashing by Hungary in 1953 at Wembley.
Winterbottom was England's first, youngest and longest-serving coach/manager. He died, aged 89 in February 2002.

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