Gary Brazil

Gary Brazil was most recently the Academy Manager at Nottingham FOrest.

Brazil was named as Notts County manager in October 2001 succeeding Jocky Scott at The Hawthorns helm.

Gary was born in 1962 in Tunbridge Wells and spent over fifteen years as a professional footballer before joining Notts County as a coach in 1997.

His playing career took in no less than nine clubs, the ones for whom he made the biggest impression being Sheffield United. Preston North End and Fulham.

Gary began his career in London with Crystal Palace, where he was a junior squad member for one season before moving north to Sheffield United. Over 39 league appearances followed for the young player before a move to Preston, where he made a total of 163 appearances in the league, scoring 58 goals.

The next move was not quite as successful, with just over half a season spent at Newcastle United with just eight appearances in as many months before he moved on to Fulham, where he made his greatest number of appearances at a single club. His total tally for the Cottagers was 60 goals in 246 matches in all competitions.

Gary moved on to spend brief loan spells with Cambridge United, Barnet and Slough in 1996 and 1997 before hanging up his boots.

After his playing career ended, he went to Notts County to become the youth team coach at Meadow Lane. This was the start of the relationship with the Nottingham club that saw him step up to assist Sam Allardyce in his role at the club before Allardyce left for Bolton Wanderers in November 1999.

After taking temporary charge of the Magpies, Gary remained at the club for the remainder of the 1999-2000 season and he steered the team in black and white to a creditable 8th position, just two places outside play-off zone despite being 15 points behind Bristol Rovers, who finished seventh.

When Jocky Scott became manager in June 2000, Gary remained at the club and continued to develop the close links with the supporters networks and the local media, one factor that helped him walk into the hotseat when Scott's tenure at County ended on 11 October 2001.

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