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Born: Bristol, 1962 (Age 53) Play­ing Ca­reer: A full-back, Ram­sey came through the ranks at Charl­ton and Bristol City be­fore mak­ing his pro de­but for Brighton in 1980. He made 30 ap­pear­ances for the Seag­ulls and played in the FA Cup fi­nal against Manch­ester United in 1983, los­ing 4-0 in the replay af­ter a 2-2 draw at Wem­b­ley. Ram­sey joined Swin­don in 1984 and played a fur­ther 100 games. He won the Fourth Di­vi­sion ti­tle in 1986 and was part of the side that won the Third Di­vi­sion play-offs in 1987, but left to join Southend be­fore the sea­son ended. Trou­bled by back in­juries, he re­tired in 1989 be­fore turn­ing out for Mal­tese side Naxxar Lions and Co­coa Ex­pos of the USA. Man­age­rial Ca­reer: Ap­pointed to the FA by Howard Wilkin­son in 1998, Ram­sey was as­sis­tant to Eng­land Un­der-16s and man­aged the Un­der­20s, lead­ing them to vic­tory in the FIFA World Youth Cham­pi­onships in 1999. Af­ter leav­ing the FA, he joined Lu­ton as as­sis­tant to Ricky Hill but was sacked af­ter three months and in 2001 be­came man­ager of Charleston Bat­tery, win­ning the USL A-League in 2003. Ram­sey then joined Spurs as Head of Youth and spent the next decade in var­i­ous roles, in­clud­ing as as­sis­tant man­ager to Tim Sher­wood. He joined QPR in 2014 and in Fe­bru­ary 2015 was named man­ager. ified enough.” Ini­tially, at least, the hard work paid off. Ap­pointed by the FA in 1998, Ram­sey guided the Eng­land Un­der-20 side to vic­tory in the FIFA World Youth Cham­pi­onship, and worked as a scout for Kevin Kee­gan.

But af­ter a dis­as­trous three-month spell as as­sis­tant to Ricky Hill at Lu­ton, Ram­sey once more found him­self on the scrapheap. Sud­denly, his CV counted for noth­ing, calls went un­re­turned.

By Novem­ber 2001, he was help- ing a so­cial worker friend run football pro­grammes for un­der­priv­i­leged young peo­ple on the Broad­wa­ter Farm Es­tate in north Lon­don, wait­ing for the phone to ring. The only call came from Charleston Bat­tery in the USA, a club he would man­age for the next three years.

Hill would never work in Eng­land again and the whole ex­pe­ri­ence con­vinced Ram­sey that black coaches faced a glass ceil­ing.

“There is in­sti­tu­tional racism,” he said at the time. “I’ve been around and worked hard to get qual­i­fi­ca­tions, and I be­lieve it is much harder for black coaches to be given op­por­tu­ni­ties. We’re still seen, some­how, as not man­age­ment ma­te­rial.”


That con­vic­tion has never left Ram­sey, but nor has it stopped him. Af­ter win­ning the USL A-League (sec­ond di­vi­sion) with Bat­tery in 2003, he ac­cepted an of­fer to join Spurs as head of player de­vel­op­ment.

And it was there that his finest work would be done, craft­ing a gen­er­a­tion of Eng­land stars in tan­dem with Les Fer­di­nand and Tim Sher­wood.

“He is one of the best coaches in the coun­try,” Led­ley King told the Evening Stan­dard in 2012. “The young­sters love the way he works and they have re­ally bought into his meth­ods.

Ram­sey left Spurs in 2014 to take up a coach­ing role at QPR.And in Fe­bru­ary, more than 25 years since he took those first steps into coach­ing, he was made a Premier League man­ager.

“I’m pleased, ”he said. “But I want to be as hum­ble as pos­si­ble. As soon as you put your­self on a pedestal, it’s easy to fall off. And, at the mo­ment, I’ve only got a cou­ple of steps to fall.”

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