26 Facts About Aidy Boothroyd


Adrian Neil Boothroyd was born on 8 February 1971 and is an English former footballer who is currently the manager of Indian Super League club Jamshedpur.


Aidy Boothroyd is known for his direct long-ball approach, and is often referred to by fans and the media as "Aidy Hoofroyd".


Aidy Boothroyd then had short spells at Colchester United and Coventry City.


Aidy Boothroyd started as a youth team player at Huddersfield Town and made his first team debut for the club in 1989.


Aidy Boothroyd played 10 league matches before moving on to Bristol Rovers in 1990, where he played 16 games.


Aidy Boothroyd left the club in 1996 to play for Peterborough United.


Aidy Boothroyd picked up a career-ending injury after playing 26 games and scoring a single goal.


Aidy Boothroyd was appointed manager of Watford in March 2005 at the age of 34.


The rapid improvement in Watford's results in his first season in charge led to Aidy Boothroyd winning the Championship Manager of the Month in February 2006.


Nevertheless, they reached the FA Cup semi-finals, and Aidy Boothroyd was awarded a new three-year contract.


However, their form dropped in the second half of the season, and Aidy Boothroyd was criticised for his team selections, direct style of play and dealings in the transfer market.


On 2 September 2009, Aidy Boothroyd was announced as the new manager of League One side Colchester United, succeeding Paul Lambert.


Aidy Boothroyd's first signing as Colchester boss was the loan of John-Joe O'Toole and his first permanent signing was Kayode Odejayi.


Aidy Boothroyd added another loan signing with Franck Queudrue arriving on loan from Birmingham City.


Colchester, under Aidy Boothroyd, were in the top 6 for over half of the campaign.


On 20 May 2010, Aidy Boothroyd left the club to take over Championship side Coventry City.


On 20 May 2010, Aidy Boothroyd was announced as the new manager of Championship side Coventry City, succeeding Chris Coleman.


On 14 March 2011, Aidy Boothroyd was sacked by Coventry City after a run of poor results, which saw the club win only once in sixteen league games.


Aidy Boothroyd was appointed as manager of Northampton Town on 30 November 2011 on a one-year, rolling contract.


On 28 February 2014, Aidy Boothroyd was appointed manager of the England national under-20 football team, but was replaced the following year in a reshuffle that saw him coach the under-19 side instead.


Aidy Boothroyd was re-appointed under-20s manager in August 2016, with Keith Downing taking charge of the under-19s.


Aidy Boothroyd was named caretaker manager of the England national under-21 football team, after Gareth Southgate was named interim manager of the senior team.


Aidy Boothroyd would manage the side for their remaining 2017 UEFA Euro Championship qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Bosnia and Herzegovina.


On 16 April 2021, Aidy Boothroyd announced he would leave his role with The FA to focus on a return to club football.


On 17 May 2022 it was confirmed that Aidy Boothroyd would join Northern Ireland's coaching staff on a short-term basis due to the absence of Adam Sadler.


On 10 July 2022, Aidy Boothroyd was appointed as head coach of Jamshedpur.