Donald Howe (born
Wolverhampton) is an
football player, turned highly-respected coach and manager.
Howe spent most of his playing career at
West Bromwich Albion, joining the club as a youth in
1952, and making
his debut in 1955.
A full back,
he played nearly 350 games for the Baggies in twelve years, as well as becoming
a regular in the
England team; he played in the
1958 World Cup, and won 23 caps in total.
Howe was signed by
in 1964, and was
made club captain. However, in March
1966 he broke his
leg playing against
Blackpool and never recovered well enough to play in the first team again.
Howe retired from playing and became Arsenal's reserve team coach under
then stepping up to first team coach after the departure of
Sexton in 1968.
the Double in 1971
with Howe playing a crucial role, but not long after he returned to his old
club, West Bromwich Albion, as manager.
Howe's tenure at WBA was not a success, the club were relegated to
Division Two in
1973, and Howe moved on to coach
Leeds United, before rejoining Arsenal in
1977 as head coach,
Terry Neill. He also became part of the English national side's coaching
After Neill's sacking in December
1983, Howe became
Arsenal manager. Despite introducing young players like
David Rocastle and
Quinn to the team, his tenure was marked by a further lack of success, and
he resigned in March
1986, after reports circulated that the board were looking to replace him
Terry Venables (though in the end
George Graham succeeded him).
Howe later joined
Wimbledon as assistant to
Gould, and there he helped mastermind the Dons' famous
1988 FA Cup victory
Liverpool. Howe also has spells managing
QPR between 1989
and 1991, and
Coventry City (as caretaker manager) in
1992. Howe also
broadcasting, becoming a pundit for
coverage of Serie
Howe returned to coach England under Terry Venables during the mid-1990s
96), and returned to Arsenal for a final time in
1997 as a youth
team coach. He retired from coaching in the summer of
currently he occasionally writes as a pundit for