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Who is AFC Wimbledon manager Wally Downes?
AFC Wimbledon manager Wally Downes is a 58 year old manager from Hammersmith, England and he is the nephew of former middleweight boxing world champion Terry Downes. His playing career started in midfield at AFC Wimbledon in 1979 and played over 200 games scoring 15 goals. In 1987 he joined Newport County on loan making only 4 appearances scoring 2 goals. The following season AFC Wimbledon sold him to Sheffield United where he had an unsuccessful spell due to injuries making 9 appearances scoring 1 goal before joining Hayes in the same season.
After retiring from football in 1988, he became a coach in numerous clubs around England such as Crystal Palace, Reading, Southampton, West Ham and Queens Park Rangers. After his job at West Ham, he went to India to coach at many clubs such as Jamshedpur, Kerala Blasters and ATK.
In 2000 he left Crystal Palace to join Brentford as an assistant manager before the 2002 season where he was appointed as the head coach which was his first head coach managerial job. He started his first season very well as he won the 2002 August manager of the month after an unbeaten start to the season. This is his only individual honour as a manager but he’ll believe he can win many more at AFC Wimbledon. However, he was sacked in 2004 after a poor run of results where the club was facing relegation.
In 2017-18 he joined Kerala Blasters in India as an assistant manager before joining AFC Wimbledon in December 2018 along with assistant manager Glyn Hodges. Wally Downes joined the club whilst the club was deep in the relegation zone but somehow managed to guide the club to League One safety as he gained 21 points from their final 12 games as they finished in 20th place, only avoiding relegation due to having a greater goal difference.
This season, Wally Downes and AFC Wimbledon will hope for a more solid standing by the end of the season and the fans at the Kingsmeadow Stadium will want to see good football being played across the duration of the 2019-20 campaign. Nigerian Captain Deji Oshilaja will hope to inspire the team and any new incoming transfers that the board can manage to bring in to survive one again in League One for the foreseeable future.