CHRIS RAMSEY FACTFILE
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.”