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English soccer manager, born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

Howard Wilkinson was never a great player, being released by his hometown club Sheffield Wednesday after three seasons as a pro, but he more than made up for it as a manager.

He started out at Notts County before being headhunted by his former club and taking up the job at Hillsborough following the resignation of Jack Charlton in 1983. In his first season in charge of Wednesday, he took them up to the First Division and built a hungry, physical side that finished 5th in the League and upset the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool on the way.

Leaving Hillsborough in 1988, he went to Leeds United and led them to the League title in 1992.

Howard remained at Leeds until 1997, when he was sacked. Since then he has been a part of the England national team setup, as Under-21s coach, Technical Director and caretaker manager.

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