John Sainty (footballer)


John Sainty (footballer)

Infobox Football biography
playername = John Sainty


fullname = John Albert Sainty
nickname =
height = height|ft=5|in=10
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1946|3|24
cityofbirth = Poplar, London
countryofbirth = England
currentclub =
clubnumber =
position = Forward
youthyears = 1961–1963
youthclubs = Tottenham Hotspur
years = 1963–1967
1967–1970
1970–1974
1972
1974–1976
clubs = Tottenham Hotspur
Reading
AFC Bournemouth
Mansfield Town (loan)
Aldershot
caps(goals) = 0 0 0 (0)
71 00(19)
118 0(20)
3 0 0 (0)
29 00(0)
nationalyears =
nationalteam = England Schoolboys
nationalcaps(goals) =
managerclubs = Chester City
Armthorpe Welfare
Mossley
Bemerton Heath Harlequins (head coach)
manageryears = 1982–1983
1986–1987
1987–c.1990
2004–?
pcupdate =

John Albert Sainty (born March 24 1946, Poplar, London) was a professional footballer in the 1960s and 1970s who went on to manage Chester City.

Playing career

As a player, Sainty (a forward) progressed through the youth ranks at Tottenham Hotspur and represented England Schoolboys, but he left White Hart Lane in 1967 after failing to make a Football League appearance. Over the next nine years Sainty played for Reading, AFC Bournemouth, Mansfield Town and Aldershot. He ended his career with 221 Football League appearances and 39 goals 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 Sear stepped down.

He led the club to a mid-table finish in Division Four in 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 Harrington became 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 Bergara at Stockport County and worked as academy director at Southampton [Cite news
title= Webb was no reject!
url= http://archive.thisishampshire.net/2000/12/13/80805.html
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] .

Honours

AFC Bournemouth

* Football League Division Four runners-up: 1970–71 (44 apps, 5 goals).

External links

* [http://www.ex-canaries.co.uk/players/sainty.htm Norwich City profile]

References


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