By Tony Attwood
Steve Burtenshaw was Arsenal caretaker manager between March and May 1986. His appointment followed the resignation of Don Howe amidst rumours that he (Don) would be replaced. Steve was himself replaced by George Graham.
His record as a manager of Arsenal was a win rate of 27.27% winning 3, losing 6 and drawing 2.
He took over after four consecutive Arsenal wins had pushed Arsenal up the table. But Steve’s reign started with a 0-1 defeat by Tottenham, included consecutive defeats by Watford and ended with a 3-0 defeat by Oxford United. The away match to already relegated Birmingham City which we won on May 3 was played in front of just 6,234 people.
When he arrived Arsenal were fifth in the league, but despite the poor run ended up only two places lower at 7th
Steve was born 23 November 1935 and joined Arsenal as a coach in 1971, when Don Howe went to WBA as manager and stayed for two years before resigning, seeing the club become runners up in the FA Cup and in Division 1. Prior to this as a player he played 237 times for Brighton between 1952 and 1966. He became a coach at Brighton upon retiring as a player.
Here is the summary of his managerial work
- Sheffield Wednesday Jan 1974 to Oct 1975
- Everton 1977 (3 games as caretaker)
- QPR 1978/79 – QPR were relegated
- Arsenal 1986
Steve then returned to his coaching role under George Graham. He (Steve Burtenshaw) later admitted taking a bung for signing John Jensen and was find £7,500 with £2,500 costs by the FA. However unlike George Graham he was not sacked by the club and stayed at Arsenal until the summer of 1996 when Rioch was sacked.
But despite his long service to the club, there appears to be no information about him at all on Arsenal.com
After leaving Highbury Steve Burtenshaw then became chief scout under Stewart Houston at QPR. He suffered a stroke in 2001 but continued to work, joining Kevin Keegan as a scout at Manchester City in 2001, before retiring.
Analysing the success rate of managers who step in for a short while is rather invidious, and is only done on the managers analysis page for completeness. He occupies the bottom position in the chart of all 25 Arsenal managers with a success rate of just 27.77%. But only four men in the history of the club have managed a smaller number of games.
- 23 June – Patrick Vieira’s birthday
- 22 June 1893 – the date the modern Arsenal was launched
- Sylvain Wiltord, a tribute
- Tottenham’s strange election to the football league – an update
- Jack Crayston – player, coach, manager
- Paul Davis, wonderful player, great coach, and one incident
- Don Howe at Arsenal
- The last time Arsenal were bottom of the league
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