|Terry Venables' Career
1943: Terence Frederick Venables born Dagenham, January 6th.
1958: Joins Chelsea as an apprentice.
1960: Signs professional forms. Scores 26 goals in 202 League games for Chelsea.
1963: Promoted to Division One.
1965: Earns League Cup winner's medal.
1966: Transferred to Spurs for £80,000. Plays 115 League games and scores 19 goals.
1967: Collects FA Cup winner's medal.
1969: Moves to QPR for £70,000. Scores 19 goals in 179 games.
1974: Transferred to Crystal Palace for £70,000. Plays just 14 games.
1976: June. Appointed manager of Crystal Palace.
1977: Promoted from Division Three.
1978: Crystal Palace finish ninth in Second Division.
1979: Palace win Second Division championship
1980: Palace 13th in Division One. Terry resigns in October to take over old club QPR.
1981: QPR 8th in Division Two.
1982: QPR 5th in Division Two and FA Cup finalists.
1983: Wins Second Division championship. Becomes majority QPR shareholder and managing director of the club.
1984: QPR 5th in Division One. Terry resigns in May to take over at Barcelona!
1985: Guides Barcelona to first La Liga title in 11 years.
1986: Signs Gary Lineker and Mark Hughes for £5.3 million. Barcelona finish 2nd in La Liga. European Cup finalists, losing on penalties to Steaua Bucharest.
1987: 2nd in La Liga again so sacked in September. Appointed Spurs manager in October.
1988: Signs Paul Gascoigne for £2 million. Spurs 13th in Division One.
1989: Sells Chris Waddle to Marseille for £4.25 million. Signs Lineker again. Spurs now finish sixth.
1990: Spurs climb the 3rd place in Division One.
1991: Launches unsuccessful £20 million bid for Spurs with Larry Gillick. Spurs drop to 10th in Division One but win FA Cup.
In June, becomes Spurs chief executive after Alan Sugar wins takeover battle with Robert Maxwell. (Devil and the deep blue sea?)
1992: Sells Gascoigne to Lazio for £5.5 million. Leaves Spurs and is banned from White Hart Lane.
1994, January 28: Becomes England coach.
March: Begins England reign with 1-0 victory over Denmark at Wembley.
June: England beat Japan and draw with Sweden but lose to Brazil in Umbro Cup decider at Wembley.
1995: July: Alan Sugar lifts White Hart Lane ban on Venables after a plea from Sir Bert Millichip of the FA.
June: England knocked out of Euro 96 in the semi-finals by Germany in penalty shoot-out, but only after a stunning 4-1 defeat of Holland at Wembley.
July: Venables bcomes director of football at First Division Portsmouth where Martin Gregory has taken control from father Jim, chairman at QPR during Venables' time.
September: Pompey are struggling in the wrong half of the table and Venables is only rarely seen at Fratton Park between matches.
November: Venables becomes coach of Australia takes over as Portsmouth chairman with immediate effect.
1997: Under Venables Australia win their first 12 games but fail to qualify for the World Cup when two late goals by Iran see the Socceroos lose their play-off on away goals.
1998: Venables is Crystal Palace coach for 1998-99 season.
1999: January: Leaves coaching post at Selhurst Park, remaining only as a consultant
2000: December 4: Appointed as coach under manager Bryan Robson at Middlesbrough on short-term contract until the end of the season.
2001: February 9: Picks up manager of the month award after 11-game unbeaten run lifts Boro out of the relegation zone.
2001: June 12: Steps down from Boro job to continue commitments to ITV.
2002: June: Senior pundit during ITV's coverage of 2002 World Cup in Japan/Korea.
2002: July 8: Named manager of Leeds United.
2002: August - Rio Ferdinand, tapped up during the World Cup, leaves the club under a cloud. Venables later states he is very unhappy at some of the things that went on during the transfer.
2002 August - After scoring as sub in the first game of the season Robbie Keane is sub again in the 2nd game. He's had enough, and puts in a transfer request days after saying he'll stay and "fight for a place in the first team". Spurs sign him for £7 million (loss of £5m) as Leeds Board begin a pattern of major losses on players that will later become endemic in January 2003.
2002: Venables achieves the one thing O'Leary never did. Victory over the Scum, 1-0 at Elland Road.
2002: Slump in team results puts Venables' job under threat, Venables even physically confronted by a fan at Elland Road during a match.
2002: December - finally his team turn it around and get five wins and a draw on the trot to finish the year and December in good spirits.
2003: January - first transfer window opens - Venables looks to strengthen team by signing Kleberson. But told must sell first. Bowyer is let go to West Ham after finally admitting he will not sign a new contract. We get £100,000 for the treacherous little runt. Unhappy Oliver Dacourt is loaned out to Roma for rest of the season.
2003: January - Board agree to sell Fowler to Man City for £7 million. Fowler agrees personal terms and passes medical. Following day declines the move saying it didn't feel right and that he "has a job to do at Elland Road" and that "the Leeds fans haven't seen the best of me." Rumours begin that club must now sell Woodgate to balance books. The "crown jewels" are finally under threat. Venables angry over Woodgate threat. Vows to do "everything in my power and more" to keep him.
2003: January 25 - Leeds draw 1-1 in FA Cup 4th Round. Venables denied win by late goal following dismissal of Viduka after Gillingham player-manager, Hessentaler feigns injury. Venables goes on record saying he faked it.
2003: Jan 29: Ridsdale tells Venables that if Fowler leaves Woodgate will not have to be sold.
2003: Jan 30: Robbie Fowler signs for Man City. Newcastle submit £9 million bid for Woodgate. plc Board accept bid. Protests outside Elland Road
2003: Jan 31: Jonathan Woodgate sold to Newcastle. Ridsdale and unhappy looking Venables appear at press conference. Venables announces he's considering his future. A reasonable position to take after being lied to by the Board of Leeds Utd plc and having six first-team internationals sold in January, despite a clause in his contract saying he has final say over player transfers.
2003: Jan 31: Venables signs Raul Bravo on loan, from Real Madrid, until the summer. He is a Spanish international left-back, wing-back.
2003 Feb 1: Venables in charge of Leeds versus Everton at Goodison. Leeds fans protest against Ridsdale and the Board. Leeds lose 2-0 and Everton do the first League double over Leeds in over 50 years! Central Defender and Captain Matteo limps off with recurrence of knee injury. Decision to sell Woodgate now looks ridiculous.
2003: March 9: Venables loses to Sheff Utd, of the First Division, for the second time in a season, this time in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
2003: March 21: Venables is sacked after a two hour meeting with Board. The following day Peter Reid is appointed manager. Ten days later Ridsdale falls on his sword after being left with no alternative following the release by Leeds United plc of the worst set of financial results ever recorded by an English football club. Venables was appointed to cover up the mistimed sacking of O'Leary. He was badly mislead by Ridsdale prior to his appointment. Ultimately Venables didn't deliver in the short time he had in charge. Finally he became the sacrificial lamb on the altar of Ridsdale's craven attempt to stay in power. An act that cost the club another £2 million in compensation. Somehow a fitting epitaph to Ridsdale's disasterous time in charge.