- John Sainty (footballer)
Infobox Football biography
playername = John Sainty
fullname = John Albert Sainty
height = height|ft=5|in=10
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1946|3|24
position = Forward
youthyears = 1961–1963
youthclubs = Tottenham Hotspur
years = 1963–1967
clubs = Tottenham Hotspur
→ Mansfield Town (loan)
caps(goals) = 0 0 0 (0)
3 0 0 (0)
nationalteam = England Schoolboys
managerclubs = Chester City
Bemerton Heath Harlequins (head coach)
manageryears = 1982–1983
John Albert Sainty (born
March 24 1946, Poplar, London) was a professional footballerin the 1960s and 1970s who went on to manage Chester City.
As a player, Sainty (a forward) progressed through the youth ranks at
Tottenham Hotspurand represented England Schoolboys, but he left White Hart Lanein 1967 after failing to make a Football Leagueappearance. Over the next nine years Sainty played for Reading, AFC Bournemouth, Mansfield Town and Aldershot. He ended his career with 221Football League appearances and 39goals to his name.
Coaching and Management
Sainty then began a coaching career under John Bond [cite book | author=Turner & White | title=The Breedon Book of Football Managers| year=1993| pages= p.218 |id=ISBN 1-873626-32-0] . The duo worked together at Norwich City and Manchester City before Sainty went alone by taking the Chester manager's job (initially on a caretaker basis) in November 1982 after
Cliff Searstepped down.
He led the club to a mid-table finish in
Division Fourin 1982-83 and the semi-finals of the Football League Trophy, but financial problems meant Sainty was told to halve the wage bill at the end of the season [cite book | author=Chas Sumner | title=On the Borderline: The Official History of Chester City 1885-1997 | year=1997| pages= p.99 |id=ISBN 1-874427-52-6] . Most of his signings were non-contract players such as Paul Manns, Paul Raynor, Trevor Phillips, John Ryan and Dennis Wann[cite book | author=Chas Sumner | title=On the Borderline: The Official History of Chester City 1885-1997 | year=1997| pages= p.98-99 |id=ISBN 1-874427-52-6] , while youngsters including Peter Bulmer and Phil Harringtonbecame regulars in the side. Chester endured a miserable start to 1983–84 and had just one league win to their name when Sainty left the club in November 1983. They had though overturned a 3–0 first-leg deficit to knock Bolton Wanderers out of the Milk Cup in the first round.
Sainty teamed up again with Bond at Burnley, before managing non-league sides Armthorpe Welfare and Mossley. He later became assistant manager to
Danny Bergaraat Stockport Countyand worked as academy director at Southampton [Cite news
title= Webb was no reject!
publisher= This is Hampshire | date=
2000-12-13| accessdate= 2008-01-20] . He then became head coach at Bemerton Heath Hartlequins [cite web|url= http://www.ex-canaries.co.uk/players/sainty.htm|title= Norwich City profile | publisher = ex-cancaries.co.uk | accessdate=2008-01-20] .
Football League Division Fourrunners-up: 1970–71 (44 apps, 5 goals).
* [http://www.ex-canaries.co.uk/players/sainty.htm Norwich City profile]
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