Venables Is Back At Wembley
Ex-England manager Terry Venables is back at Wembley. No, not the home of English football, but at Wembley FC of the Combined Counties League. Venables, 69, has been out of football since he was assistant manager with England in 2007. He has taken up a position as a Technical Advisor at Wembley FC, not a dissimilar position to the one he once held at Middlesborough.
The deal has come about due to the club’s new sponsorship deal with FA Cup sponsors Budweiser, and it is hoped that Venables’ vast experience will help the club, and their manager Ian Bates, go as far as possible in next season’s FA Cup tournament. The furthest Wembley have been in the competition before is the first round, a feat they achieved in the 1980-81 season.
The appointment of “El Tel” – who has managed England, Tottenham and Barcelona – is sure to boost the club’s attendances. They routinely get less than a hundred supporters at home games, but this is now likely to increase as fans will be intrigued by the project. It remains to be seen how the situation plays out.