Terry Venables, Motivational Speaker, former England football manager, after dinner speaker, TV presenter, Awards Host, Announcer, Terry Venables is a name synonymous with success in English football, and it was his track record as a coach and manager that led Leeds United to appoint him as David O'Leary's successor at Elland Road in July 2002. Prior to taking the Leeds job, Venables had only six months experience in the Premiership having been drafted in as head coach to help Bryan Robson keep Middlesbrough in the top flight in the 2000/2001 season.

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Terry Venables is a name synonymous with success in English football, and it was his track record as a coach and manager that led Leeds United to appoint him as David O'Leary's successor at Elland Road in July 2002.

Prior to taking the Leeds job, Venables had only six months experience in the Premiership having been drafted in as head coach to help Bryan Robson keep Middlesbrough in the top flight in the 2000/2001 season.

Terry had formed a largely successful partnership with Bryan Robson in the mid-nineties when the pair worked together at England level, and it was this experience that led to the 'Boro boss bringing Venables in to The Riverside to undertake, and accomplish, a rescue mission.

It had been England's Euro '96 performance that cemented Terry Venables' name in the nation's consciousness and indeed, the reason he found himself linked with every high profile management job available when he walked away at the end of the tournament.

Terry built his coaching reputation in his early spells with Crystal Palace and Queens Park Rangers, having played for both clubs in the latter part of a career that saw him earn honours at every single level for England.

His playing career began at Chelsea, where, having come up through the junior ranks, he made over 200 appearances in midfield and helped the Blues to victory in the 1965 League Cup.

After six seasons at Stamford Bridge, Terry moved to North London and Tottenham, where he spent three years before moving back west to join QPR, and then south to join Palace.

Having retired as a player, Terry took on the manager's job at Selhurst Park - taking over from Malcolm Allison - and guided the club into the top flight, as champions of Division Two, in the 1978-79 season.

He then returned to take charge at QPR, and took the Superhoops to the FA Cup final in 1982, and to the Second Division title the following season.

His success in charge of the two London clubs attracted the interest of a number of others, in England and Europe, and in 1984 Terry became the manager of Spanish giants Barcelona, earning him the nickname 'El Tel'.

Terry returned to London in 1987 to manage another former club, Tottenham Hotspur. With Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne in the side, he led Spurs to glory in the FA Cup where - despite Gazza's infamous self-induced injury - they beat Nottingham Forest at Wembley.

A falling-out with the then Spurs chairman Alan Sugar led to Terry's departure from White Hart Lane just a month after the FA Cup triumph, and it was with England, three years later, that he returned to management.

Terry's style seemed perfectly suited to international management. Riding the crest of a patriotic wave on home soil, England went all the way to the semi-finals of the tournament; having beaten Holland 4-1 in the opening phase - commonly regarded as one of the greatest England performances of modern times - they went on to beat Spain on penalties before losing the same way to Germany, who went on to win the final.

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