Terry Westley

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Terry Westley
Westley with Derby County in 2006
Personal information
Full nameTerence Westley
Date of birth (1959-09-18) 18 September 1959 (age 60)
Place of birth Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Teams managed
1995 Luton Town
2006 Derby County

Terry Westley (born 18 September 1959) is an association football coach and manager. Until 2011 he was the Academy Director at Birmingham City and in July 2014 he was appointed to a similar role with West Ham United. He has had brief spells as manager at Luton Town in 1995 and Derby County in 2006.


Coaching and managerial career

Westley previously worked at Rushden & Diamonds, Ipswich Town, Charlton Athletic, Luton Town and Derby County. At these clubs he was responsible for developing young players, who included Matthew Upson, Kieron Dyer, Richard Wright, Titus Bramble and Kevin Lisbie. At Derby, he oversaw the development of young stars such as Tom Huddlestone, Lee Holmes, Giles Barnes, Lewin Nyatanga and Miles Addison.

Westley took the helm at Luton Town in July 1995 after the departure of David Pleat. He saw out the 1994–95 football season with Luton Town finishing 16th in Division 1. The following season did not get off to a good start and Westley was sacked after a 0–4 defeat at Portsmouth.

Westley was made caretaker manager of Derby County in January 2006 following the departure of Phil Brown. He lost his first game in charge 1–0 at home to Sheffield United and despite not managing a win in four further outings, was made manager until the end of the season. His first victory was a 1–0 home win over Plymouth Argyle just two days later. Despite achieving his objective of keeping the club in the Championship by the end of the season he was not offered the job of permanent manager, instead being replaced by Billy Davies.

He joined Birmingham City as director of their youth academy in 2006. [1] In his first season, he led the under-18 side to the quarter-final of the FA Youth Cup, and two years later they reached the semi-final of the same competition. [2] After completing a report to the club's board of directors, which contained recommendations needed to "push [the Academy] to the next level", Westley left the club by mutual consent in February 2011. [3]

In July 2014 Westley became academy director at West Ham United, replacing long-term incumbent, Tony Carr. [4]

Performance by club


Luton Town 3 July 199518 December 1995244713016.67
Derby County 30 January 20062 June 200616466025.00

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  1. "Westley new academy boss at Blues". BBC Sport. 6 July 2006. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  2. Tattum, Colin (19 March 2009). "FA Youth Cup run will be good for Blues says coach". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  3. Tattum, Colin (10 February 2011). "I am proud of what I did for club – Terry Westley". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 9 March 2011. It is not thought that Westley and the board were necessarily at loggerheads over his recommendations, culminating in the parting of the ways. Moreover, he has probably felt for a while that he needed a new challenge, and the owners have made clear their demand for a more productive Academy and perhaps believed their own man was needed to head things up in order to truly realise their vision for the future.
  4. West Ham United academy legend Tony Carr takes up new ambassador's role after 40 years (From Echo)
  5. "Managerial statistics – Terry Westley". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 4 July 2015.