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Manager Profile - Martin Dobson

 Manager Profile - Martin Dobson
Martin Dobson, was born on 14 February 1948 in Rishton, England. During his playing career he was a midfielder.

He had a long and successful playing career, playing for almost 20 years and totalling over 600 league appearances while playing for Burnley, Everton and Bury. He won 5 England caps overall, 4 while at Burnley and 1 at Everton. His first England cap was given to him on 3 April 1974 in a 0-0 draw against Portugal by manager Sir Alf Ramsey because of FA Cup commitments of other players. However, he impressed enough to win 4 more caps throughout the year.

He finished his playing career at Gigg Lane, after making 61 appearances, scoring 4 goals. Following his retirement from playing, he became manager in 1984 and was in charge of the shakers team until 1989. During this period he achieved promotion to the third division, establishing a strong thrid division team.

Dobson was appointed manager of Bristol Rovers in July 1991, however he was sacked after only 12 games in charge in October of the same year. On 10 January 2010 he was appointed caretaker manager of Premier League side and former club Burnley after Owen Coyle left the club for Bolton Wanderers, Dobson managed the team along with Brian Law and Graham Alexander against Manchester United which Burnley lost 3-0.

Brian Laws, the new Burnley manager has kept Dobson in his coaching staff as he builds up his backroom staff. Once he has done this, Dobson will return full-time to his role of Director of Youth Development at Burnley FC.

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Writer:Shaker Rob
Date:Saturday July 31 2010
Time: 7:15PM

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