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El Tel All: Terry Venables

May 2016

Former England Football Manager, Terry Venables, in advance of UEFA Euro 2016 in June discussed 'The Beautiful Game' and his illustrious career as both player and manager which took him across the globe. El Tel is the elder statesman of British Football whose career as a player, coach and manager has scaled the heights few have experienced. He was in conversation with journalist and sports commentator extraordinare Nick Mullins at Annabel's.

At 19 he became the youngest ever Captain of his first club Chelsea and to this day is the only player to represent England at every representative level; Schoolboy, Youth, Amateur, Under 23’s, Football League and Full International. His playing career encompassed Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers before he joined Crystal Palace where his coaching career started.

Terry became Manager of Palace in 1976 taking the club from the Third to the First Division and earning “The Eagles” the plaudit “Team of the Eighties”. Terry then joined Queen’s Park Rangers FC where he took the Second Division club to an FA Cup Final, promotion to the First Division and then Qualification to Europe. From here his reputation for innovative coaching made him the surprise choice as Barcelona’s first foreign coach where he delivered them the La Liga title in his first season and Barcelona’s first title in fourteen years. Terry then took Barcelona to the European Cup Final before losing to Steua Bucharest on penalties. Terry’s record for Barca against their deadly rivals Real Madrid speaks for itself: Played 12, Won 6, Drawn 5, Lost 1. Following this landslide success Terry returned to England as Manager of Tottenham Hotspur FC where he was made Chief Executive in 1991 after acquiring a major shareholding and Tottenham also won the FA Cup during his tenure.