Wembley hero Wade loses coaching role
Seven years ago Wade Elliott lifted himself into Burnley folklore when he scored the goal at Wembley that took us into the Premier League for the first time, but today he’s found himself out of work having been let go by Bristol City.
Wade played just another year with the Clarets before leaving towards the end of the summer transfer window in 2011 to make way for the arrival of Junior Stanislas from West Ham. Having previously played his football for Bashley and Bournemouth, he made a total of 282 appearances for the Clarets, playing his last game in a 2-1 win at Derby in August 2011.
He was transferred to Birmingham and had three years there, ending the last of them on loan at Bristol City for whom he signed permanently in the summer of 2014. He had rejoined his former Burnley manager Steve Cotterill at Ashton Gate and captained the side to the double of the League One title and a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy success at Wembley against Walsall.
A year ago, he hung up his boots at the age of 36 to become development squad coach at Bristol City and continued beyond January after Cotterill was replaced by Lee Johnson. He was joint interim manager during the period between Cotterill leaving and Johnson arriving.
However, today, he has lost his role with the club in the process of restructuring its coaching set up. Head coach Lee Johnson said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my brief spell working with Wade. He’s been a fantastic servant for the club and I wish him the very best in his future career.”
Wade himself said: “It has been a privilege to have been a part of Bristol City’s progress over the past two and a half years both as a player and a member of the coaching staff. To have players advance from the 21’s and make their first team debut has been very rewarding for myself and all of the academy staff who have worked with them. Allied to this I was flattered to be asked to be joint interim first team manager for a crucial period in our season.
“While disappointed to be leaving I would like to thank the many good people I have met and worked with during my time at the club and the supporters for the backing and the warmth they have shown me.”Share this page :