In February 2001, Norwich appointed their first youth team coach
for 15 years when they announced Adrian Boothroyd would replace
Keith Webb. 30 year old Adrian joined from
Peterborough where he had been Assistant Academy Director under
Kit Carson. Despite his young age, Adrian
already held an UEFA A class coaching certificate. Adrian joined
Peterborough as a player from Manfield. Earlier in his career,
he had played for Bristol Rovers, Hudderfield and Hearts.
In October 2003, he surprised the Canaries by quitting their successful
Academy (Ryan Jarvis, Ian
Henderson, Dean Sinclair, Jason
Shackell, Joe Lewis etc) to take
over as Youth Development Manager at West Bromwich Albion - made
all the more surprising by the fact that WBA did not have Academy
status. Sammy Morgan took over
the management of the day-to-day coaching of Norwich's Under-19s
in the interim period
He quit the Baggies for Leeds United in July 2004 when he was
offered the chance to join Kevin Blackwell's first team coaching
On 29th March 2005, Watford surprisingly named Boothroyd as successor
to manager Ray Lewington who had been sacked the previous week.
he signed a 12month rolling contract. Experienced Keith Burkinshaw,
the former Tottenham and West Brom boss, was named Boothroyd's
number two. Boothroyd, who included Hornets former joint stand-in
boss Nigel Gibbs and reserve team manager David Hockaday in his
back-room staff, said: "I've been working for this moment
for a long time. I'm absolutely delighted - I have fallen on my
feet." Watford chairman Graham Simpson said: "The
board were unanimous in
recognising Adrian's potential to become a great new, young manager."
Boothroyd has departed Elland Road with the blessing of manager
Blackwell. He said: "I would never stand in Adrian's way
when it comes to taking up a managerial vacancy. He has
been a very valuable member of the coaching staff and we will
all miss the experience he brought to his job and his jovial character."
Watford's impressive 2005/6 campaign saw Adrian linked by many
papers on 11th December 2005 with the managerial vacancy at Southampton
following Harry Redknapp's resignation and return to Portsmouth.
Instead, Adrian signed a four year contract with the Hornets
and led them to the Championship play-offs where they defeated
Crystal Palace in the semi-finals before beating Leeds 3-0 at
the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, to win a place in the Premiership.
In March 2007, The Sun suggested that Boothroyd might
take over running the England Under-21 team from Man City's Stuart
Despite Watford's relegation back into the Championship at the
end of the 2006/7 season, Aidy was awarded an extension to his
contract until 2010.
Boothroyd left Watford on 3rd November 2008 by mutual consent
with the club then in 21st place in the Championship. Watford's
chairman Graham Simpson said "Both parties feel his tenure
at the club is simply at an end. We have mutually decided that
a parting of the ways is in the best interests of all concerned."
Malky Mackay was appointed as caretaker
manager with Martin Hunter assisting.
Simpson told BBC Three Counties Radio: "I think he's
done a fabulous job. But I think with all managers, especially
younger ones, sometimes they need a break. It's a very intense
business to be involved in. I think he did a great job initially.
To get us into the Premiership on our wage bill as he did was
phenomenal. I don't think there's any disgrace for someone to
say 'I've done three or four years and I need a break'. Perhaps
a break isn't such a bad idea. You can take a look and see all
the good things you have done and perhaps the things you need
to learn from and you come again. I believe Aidy will definitely
come again as a manager."
Boothroyd was later linked with vacancies at Swindon and Leeds.
He was quickly installed as the Bookies' favourtie to take charge
at Carrow Road following the sacking of Glenn
Roeder on 14th January 2009. In June 2009, Aidy expressed
his interest in the managerial vacancy at Swansea created when
Roberto Martinez joined Wigan to replace Sunderland-bound Steve
He was appointed as Colchester manager on 2nd September 2009,
succeeding Paul Lambert who had joined
Norwich. Boothroyd said "The club is progressive, it's
not on a downward, it's on an up and it wants to go forward. That's
what I want to do, I think there's a real chance of getting some
momentum and getting some success here and I want to be a part
of it. After meeting [chairman] Robbie Cowling and his board,
straight away I got excited about it and I put that at the forefront
of my mind, because the guy you work with is important,"
On 20th May 2010, Aidy took over as Coventry boss replacing the
sacked Chris Coleman. He signed a three year deal with compensation
going to Colchester United. Aidy said "This is a big club
and a big challenge but is one I am very much looking forward
to. The potential is here - from the financial stability to the
magnificent Ricoh Arena - and I am very much looking forward to
getting on with the job."
Boothroyd, and Assistant Manager Martyn Pert,
was sacked as Coventry manager on 14th March 2011 following a
run of only one victory in fourteen games that left the Sky Blues
just seven points of the relegation zone. First-team coach Steve
Harrison and chief scout Andy Thorn were put in temporary charge.
Boothroyd revealed his frustration at being relieved of his duties:
"I am deeply disappointed to be leaving Coventry City
and to be the ninth manager dismissed from the club in 10 years.
Last Christmas I took the club to its highest league position
for several years and, since then, we have had to endure a period
of injuries and suspensions to seven key players, during which
time we have played most of the top teams in the league.It is
a shame that I have not been given the chance to take the club
back up the league table where we were at the turn of the year."
On 30th November 2011, Aidy was appointed manager of League Two
strugglers Northampton Town, who had sacked Gary Johnson and whose
caretaker managers Dave Lee and Tim Flowers had seen the Cobblers
lose 7-2 and 4-0 and were three points above the relegation zone.
Former Swindon boss Andy King was appointed as his assistant
Boothroyd was sacked as Northampton manager on 21st December
2013 after a defeat to Wycombe left the Cobblers at the bottom
of League Two.
He was appointed manager of England's Under-20 team. Boothroyd was appointed interim England Under-21 manager in September 2016 folllwoing Gareth Southgate's promotion to the national team when Sam Allardyce resigned.
On 3rd February 2017, he was confirmed as the England Under-21 manager. he had secured qualification for this summer's finals in Poland. Boothroyd commented "I've been at the FA three years; this is the logical next step.I believe I am here on merit because I've worked in all four divisions and I've got an understanding of speaking to a League Two manager or a Premier League manager and the problems they have."
Following a disappointing Under-21 European Championships in 2021, Boothroyd left his position on 16th April 2021. The Young Lions failed to exit their group.