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Born: Royal Tun­bridge Wells, 1962 (Age 54) Play­ing ca­reer: A striker, Brazil joined Crys­tal Palace as a school­boy but was re­leased with­out play­ing a game and moved to Sh­effield United, mak­ing his de­but un­der Harry Haslam in 1980. In five sea­sons with the Blades, he scored ten goals in 78 matches and won pro­mo­tion from the Fourth to the Sec­ond Divi­sion. Af­ter a six-game spell on loan at Port Vale, Brazil made a £25,000 switch to Pre­ston in 1985. He was a huge favourite at Deep­dale, where he won the 1986-87 player of the year award. His record of 72 goals in 202 matches puts him 13th in the Li­ly­whites’ all-time scor­ers list. Sold to New­cas­tle for £200,000 in 1988, Brazil started just eight times in 18 months as the Mag­pies slipped out of the top flight and moved to Ful­ham for £110,000 in 1990. Though rel­e­gated for the fourth time in his ca­reer, Brazil again showed glimpses of his old prow­ess with two 19-goal sea­sons be­fore leav­ing in 1996. Af­ter spells at Cam­bridge, Bar­net and Slough, he re­tired in 1998. Man­age­rial ca­reer: Named as­sis­tant to for­mer Pre­ston team-mate Sam Al­lardyce at Notts County in 1998, Brazil had two brief spells as man­ager be­fore join­ing Don­caster as a youth coach in 2004. He then left to take up a po­si­tion as schol­ar­ship of­fi­cer at the Premier League, in­spect­ing the qual­ity of top-flight acad­emy set-ups. Brazil left this role in 2007 to join Ful­ham, where he spent four years as acad­emy tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor. Af­ter a brief re­turn to the Premier League, he joined For­est as acad­emy man­ager in 2013. Brazil was ap­pointed care­taker-man­ager for the sec­ond time on Jan­uary 14.

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