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Jeff Wood

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Norwich Career: 2011-12 (Goalkeeping Coach)
Current Club: Gibraltar (Manager)
Date of Birth:  
Nationality: English

Biography

Jeff Wood became Norwich's goalkeeping coach in February 2011, replacing Lawrence Batty.

Jeff began his playing cateer at Colchester but made 147 appearances for Charlton, including 121 consecutively. He also played for Exeter. Playing overseas, he has played in Denmark, Malta and Finland, and rubbed shoulders with legends like Bobby Moore and George Best in Hong Kong where he played for Happy Valley.

Curiously he has played for two different foreign teams in the European Cup – in 1982-83 he was named man of the match over two legs playing for Helsinki JK against Bob Paisley’s Liverpool, when the Finns won the first leg 1-0 but lost the second 5-0. He also played in the European Cup for Maltese side Rabat Ajax.

He has also coached in Gibraltar and America, and was part of the management team at Brighton – where he also had a short spell in charge. He also managed non-league sides Chesham and St Albans.

His most recent home has been in Spain, where he ran Charlton’s European Soccer School, and then took it over himself when funding was discontinued. When approached by Norwich's Assistant Manager Ian Culverhouse, he wasn't able to resist the lure of returning to English football. Wood said “I’ve known Ian since he was young and I got a phone call about four weeks ago asking if I would be interested in coming to do this, so here I am. “I’ve travelled quite a lot and been packing suitcases and we did say when I went to Spain I probably wouldn’t do it again, but it was Ian, and the club – it’s THE place to be isn’t it? “It’s so professional here, I think it can only go in one direction.”

After leaving Norwich in July 2012, he was head Academy Goalkeeping Coach at Leeds United (October 2012 - July 2013) and first team goalkeeping coach at Luton (July 2013 to July 2014). He then worked with the Welsh FA with their Under-21, Under-19 and Under-17 teams. In July 2014, he took charge at Gibraltar team Lions FC

In July 2015, Wood was appointed manager of the Gibraltar national team, receiving the task of winning their first point in competitive football. He replaces Allen Bula and interim coach Dave Wilson.


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