Brian Kidd is to join Sven-Goran Eriksson's coaching staff with immediate effect.
We are delighted to announce that Brian Kidd is to join Sven-Goran Eriksson's England coaching staff with immediate effect.
The Leeds United First Team coach will be employed on a part-time basis and his first match with the Three Lions will be the forthcoming friendly against Australia at Upton Park on 12 February.
Following the departure of Steve McClaren, Sven has called on the services of a coach who is already well-known and respected within the England camp.
"He is a very good coach first and foremost," says the England boss of his newest recruit.
"Brian already has international experience and that made him an ideal candidate.
"Secondly, he knows more than half of the players in the squad and is very popular among the players.
"Naturally, we had some other names to consider but, talking to a lot of people, including some of the players, and listening to what they had to say, he became the obvious choice and I am very happy about that."
Brian himself is relishing the prospect of working with England's finest.
"It has all happened in the last couple of days," he reveals.
"Terry Venables has been extremely supportive so, as soon as I got the green light from him, it all went from there.
"Mr Eriksson is without a doubt one of the motivating factors. Working with him, Tord Grip, Sammy Lee, Dave Sexton, Ray Clemence and the rest of the coaching staff will be a wonderful experience for me.
"You learn in football every day and this is a great opportunity in terms of my personal development as well as chance for me to contribute to my country.
"Fortunately I know most of the players, either from my time at Manchester United, Leeds, with the Under-21s or the previous experience that I have gained with the Senior team under Howard Wilkinson.
"I am very fortunate and privileged to be offered this chance."
Acting Chief Executive, David Davies, is understandably delighted to have secured The FA's first choice.
"I am thrilled that Brian will be joining Sven and the team," he explains. "His track record as a coach is well known as is his record of achievement in the game.
"He has always brought tremendous enthusiasm to everything he does, both as a player and a coach. He has worked with outstanding managers in the game including Sir Alex Ferguson and Terry Venables, and Sven is now very much looking forward to working with him too.
"Sven and I have been talking about this situation for some time now. We moved for the man we wanted last week and were able to reach agreement swiftly.
"We are extremely grateful for the support that we have received from both Terry Venables and in particular Peter Ridsdale at Leeds from the moment we approached them.
"Brian recognises his responsibilities to Leeds and will continue to fulfil those but he will also benefit from working with the Senior England team.
"Steve McClaren has spoken on many occasions of the ways in which he has benefited from his time with the England set-up. Brian is looking forward to achieving the same.
"I am sure that his appointment will be extremely well received by the players - not least because he has played a significant role in the development of so many of them.
"He is the man that Sven wanted and, thanks to Leeds, he is the person that we have secured. I hope and expect it to be a long-term relationship."
Brian Kidd Fact-File
1949: Born May 29, Collyhurst, Manchester, into a family of Manchester United supporters.
1963: Signs schoolboy forms with United.
1964: Becomes an apprentice at United.
1966: Turns professional at Old Trafford.
1967: Makes league debut in 3-1 defeat at Everton in August. The following month he scores his first league goal in 3-1 victory at West Ham.
1968: Marks his 19th birthday by scoring in United's 4-1 extra-time triumph over Benfica in the European Cup final at Wembley.
1974: Leaves Old Trafford to join Arsenal after making 264 appearances for United and scoring 70 goals.
1976: Moves from Highbury to join Manchester City in July. 1979: Leaves Maine Road to sign for Everton in March.
1980: Joins Bolton and then goes to the United States for four years where he played in the NASL, including a spell with Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
1984: Returns to England to become manager of Barrow.
1985: Appointed Lou Macari's assistant at Swindon before he becomes number two at Preston.
1986: Manages Preston for three months between January and March.
1988: Alex Ferguson brings him back to United as junior coach and director of the school of excellence in May.
1990: Becomes youth development officer and helps nurture the club's current crop of young stars.
1991: Steps up to become Ferguson's assistant following Archie Knox's decision to join Walter Smith at Rangers.
1992: Helps United win the League Cup.
1993: United end their 26-year wait to lift the title.
1994: United win the double.
1995: United refuse Manchester City permission to speak to him about their vacant manager's job in June.
1996: United win the double for the second time.
1997: United win fourth title in five years.
1998: United rebuff Everton's attempts to lure him back to Goodison in the summer and he is rewarded with a new four-year contract.
December - Appointed manager of Nationwide-bound Blackburn
1999: November 3 - Leaves Blackburn
2000: May - After a spell of media work, Kidd returns to football when he is appointed director of the youth academy at Leeds United.
2001: March - Promoted to head coach at Elland Road. Later leaves his coaching role with Howard Wilkinson's England Under-21 side to concentrate on his Leeds duties.
2003: January 22 - Appointed England number two by coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, on a part-time capacity.
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