Terry Burton

For the American politician, see Terry C. Burton.

Terry Burton
Personal information
Full name Terry Burton
Date of birth (1952-11-08) 8 November 1952
Place of birth Camden Town,[1] North London, England
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Years Team
1969–1971 Arsenal[1]
Teams managed
Years Team
1988–2000 Wimbledon (coach)
2000–2002 Wimbledon
2002–2004 Watford (assistant manager)
2004–2011 Cardiff City (assistant manager)
2011–12 West Bromwich Albion (first team coach)
2012 Sheffield Wednesday (assistant manager)
2012–2014 Arsenal (Reserves & Head Development coach)
2014–2015 West Bromwich Albion (Technical Director)

Terry Burton (born 8 November 1952 in Camden Town, North London) is an English football manager and coach, who was most recently assistant manager at Reading. Burton started his career at Arsenal and was the captain of Arsenal's FA Youth Cup winning team in 1971, before later beginning his coaching career at the club and going on to have further backroom spells at Wimbledon, Watford, Cardiff City and West Bromwich Albion.

Playing career

Burton's playing career started as an Arsenal apprentice where he captained the 1971 FA Youth Cup winning team.[1] He wasn't offered a professional contract and joined Folkestone during the summer of 1971. He went on to play for Epping Town, Hayes and Leyton Wingate (as player-coach). Towards the end of the 1970s he coached football at Holloway School.

Coaching career


Burton returned to Arsenal as youth team coach in 1979. During his spell at the club, he was noted for having brought through future Arsenal and England captain Tony Adams, who was later linked with wanting to bring Burton to Portsmouth as his assistant having been appointed the club's manager in 2008.[2][3] Following Don Howe's appointment as Arsenal manager, he was promoted to first team coach, then reserve team coach in 1986 when George Graham became Arsenal manager, though was released for the second time by the club in 1987.


After three months managing non-league Wealdstone Burton was appointed reserve team coach at Wimbledon. He subsequently held the positions of Youth Team manager, Assistant Manager under Joe Kinnear (during which time the club achieved 3 top ten finishes in the Premier League and reached both the League Cup and FA Cup semi-finals), Technical Director and Academy Director at the club before he was temporarily charged with managing the first team after the Norwegian Egil Olsen's dismissal with only two games remaining of the club's 1999–2000 Premiership campaign, given the task of keeping Wimbledon in the Premier League. A last minute goal from John Hartson against Aston Villa at Selhurst Park in Burton's first game in charge gave the Dons hope of staying up as long as they matched the result of Bradford City against Liverpool in the final game of the year. A defeat at Southampton on the final day of the season, and a shock 2–0 win at Valley Parade for Bradford meant that Wimbledon's fight against relegation was lost. Despite this, during pre-season Burton was given the role of first team manager permanently.

Managerial career

Wimbledon achieved respectable top-ten finishes in both of their first two seasons outside the top flight since 1985–86, playing a short passing game, rather than the long-ball the Dons were well known for, but never really made a serious promotion challenge. Although he was popular with the club's fans, Burton incurred the wrath of the chairman after speaking out against the club's proposed relocation to Milton Keynes, and he was promptly sacked just after the end of the 2001–02 season. He was replaced by goalkeeping coach Stuart Murdoch.


Burton spent two years with Watford as assistant manager to Ray Lewington. His role at Vicarage Road had begun during the summer of 2002, shortly after he was sacked as manager of Wimbledon.

Cardiff City

Burton joined Cardiff as assistant manager during the 2004–2005 season, during Lennie Lawrence's spell at the club. He has been credited at Cardiff for having brought through Aaron Ramsey, and helped recommend Ramsey to Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger, having retained a longstanding connection to the club.[2] During transfer negotiations in the 2008–2009 season, Burton also advised that Ramsey join Arsenal, citing the similarity between the player and the club's overall style of play.[2] On 30 May 2011, Dave Jones was sacked and a month later, Burton was placed on gardening leave under new boss, Malky Mackay.[4]

West Bromwich Albion

Following his leave from Cardiff City, Burton joined West Bromwich Albion as first team coach until the end of the season, on 7 December 2011.[5]

Sheffield Wednesday

On 5 March 2012, Terry Burton was confirmed as Sheffield Wednesday's Assistant manager to once again be reunited with Dave Jones.


On 5 July 2012, it was announced that Burton was to become Arsenal's new Reserves & Head Development coach,[6] replacing Neil Banfield, who took Pat Rice's role as first-team coach following the Irishman's retirement at the end of the 2011–12 season.

As part of his role, Burton managed the club's reserve team as well as overseeing the club's progress in the 2012–13 NextGen Series.

Return To West Bromwich Albion

On 13 May 2014, it was announced that Burton was to return to West Bromwich Albion as the new Technical Director replacing previous Technical Director; Richard Garlick.[7] On 30 June 2015, Burton left West Bromwich Albion. [8]




  1. 1 2 3 4 "BBC Wales – Raise Your Game – Terry Burton". BBC Wales. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 Amy Lawrence (25 January 2009). "Welsh Rambo a perfect Gunner". The Observer. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  3. Emily Benammar (10 November 2008). "Portsmouth manager Tony Adams turns to former Arsenal mentor Terry Burton". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  4. "Cardiff City reshuffle backroom staff". BBC Sport. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  5. "Terry Burton appointed first-team coach at West Brom". The Independent. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  6. "Terry Burton joins Arsenal's coaching staff". Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  7. "Burton rejoins Baggies as Technical Director". Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  8. "West Brom: Terry Burton & Mervyn Day leave in backroom reshuffle". BBC.co.uk.
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