Join us in the Banqueting Suite at Edgbaston Stadium for our Evening with the Midlands Managers featuring three men who have managed the biggest clubs in the region! West Brom boss Darren Moore who almost achieved a Houdini-like escape for the Baggies last season will be joined by Blues boss Garry Monk, former Wolves manager Mick McCarthy, and former Aston Villa, West Brom and Coventry City manager 'Big Ron' Atkinson. This is the perfect opportunity to entertain key clients, or enjoy a night out with colleagues in the run-up to Christmas.
With a delicious three course dinner to enjoy, and a night of footballing chat with four legends of the game, our host Sky Sports Presenter Pete Graves will ensure the evening goes with a swing!
Garry Monk: After a handful of appearances at Torquay Utd, Southampton signed Garry, where he spent the next 7 seasons on the fringe, with numerous loan spells. His career took off when he signed for Swansea, going on to become club captain, playing for the club in all four divisions as they rose from League 2 to the Premier League in just seven seasons. He finally lifted a major trophy as the Swans destroyed Bradford City 5-0 in the 2013 League Cup Final, finishing his Swansea career with 272 appearances and 8 goals. Garry didn’t have to wait long to break into management, as Swansea sacked Michael Laudrup in February 2014 and made him interim player-manager. He steadied the ship, keeping them up, and the next season led the Swans to 8th place in the Premier League, including home and away wins against Arsenal and Man Utd. After being controversially sacked with the club 15th in the League, he successfully managed Leeds Utd before resigning following the Radrizzani takeover, and then a spell at Middlesbrough. He was appointed manager of the Blues on March 4 2018 with the club in deep trouble, but a run of 5 wins in the last 9 games kept the club up!
Darren Moore: Birmingham born-and-bred, Darren began his career with Torquay Utd, as a centre back with an eye for a goal. He went on to play for Doncaster Rovers, Bradford City and Portsmouth, on an upward trajectory which eventually saw him make the Premier League with West Brom, where he enjoyed a great spell, playing over 120 matches in all competitions, scoring 6 goals. After falling out of favour at The Hawthorns during 2005-06 he signed for Derby County, where he was pivotal in their return to the Premier League the following season, following a 1-0 Play-off Final triumph, ironically against the Baggies! Following the Rams relegation, he went on to play for Bradford City again, and Burton Albion, finishing a 20 year pro career with 599 League appearances and 32 goals. Following the dismissal of Alan Pardew on 2 April 2018, Darren took the West Brom reins and the club left their poor form behind them, with stunning wins over Man Utd and Spurs, and a draw at Liverpool, netting him the Manager of the Month Award for April. Although it was too late to save the club from relegation, his positive impact saw him named manager on a permanent basis at the end of the season.
Mick McCarthy: A centre-back, Mick made his debut for hometown club Barnsley back in 1977 aged 18, a successful period which saw the club rise from Division 4 to Division 2. He was snapped up by Man City in 1983, winning promotion to the top flight the following year. A move to Celtic yielded silverware, winning the League and Cup double in his first season. Mick was a fixture in the Eire team for almost a decade (57 caps/2 goals), playing in Euro ’88 and Italia ’90, often captaining his country. He joined Nice briefly, before ending his playing career at Millwall, when he took over as manager of the club in 1992. After being offered the Eire manager role in 1996, he went on to lead the Irish to the 2002 World Cup, and in his 6 years won 29 and lost 19 of his 68 games in charge. A 3 year spell at Sunderland saw him experience both promotion and relegation in the top flight, before he took over at Wolves. His 6 years at Molineux is fondly remembered, as he became the first manager in over 30 years to achieve the distinction of maintaining the club's top flight position for two successive seasons. After being harshly dismissed in 2012 with a distinct lack of board support in the transfer market, Mick went on to enjoy a long spell at Ipswich, comfortably keeping the club in the Championship on a shoestring for six seasons.
Ron Atkinson: Having spent his playing career at Oxford Utd, where he made over 500 appearances, it was as a manager that Ron really stamped his mark on the game. After retiring from playing in 1971 aged just 32, he launched straight into management with Kettering Town followed by Cambridge Utd, who he steered from the 4th to the 2nd Division. In 1978 he was snapped up by First Division West Brom, where he excelled for 3 years, leading the club to consecutive top 4 finishes, and a UEFA Cup quarter-final. The Old Trafford hierarchy were impressed, and Ron took over at Man Utd in 1981, where he achieved third place in his first season, bringing in the likes of Bryan Robson, Remi Moses and Frank Stapleton, and giving a debut to the precocious Norman Whiteside. He went on to win 2 FA Cups in 1983 and 1985, whilst challenging at the top of the table. Sacked by Utd in 1986, he then had spells at West Brom again, Atletico Madrid and Sheffield Wednesday, before becoming Villa boss in 1991, famously leading the club to their highest ever Premier League placing to date, second in the inaugural season, the highest ever finish by an English manager in the Premier League. He also landed the 1994 League Cup with the Villa, before later managerial roles at Coventry City, Sheffield Wednesday and Notts Forest. With over 1000 games as a manager, Ron is one of the game’s most enduring characters.
Pete Graves: A passionate Newcastle United fan, Pete has enjoyed a swift rise through the broadcasting ranks to become one of the most recognisable faces on Sky Sports. After leaving university, Pete started his broadcasting career with the hospital radio show Radio Tyneside, before working in the local Metro Radio, and then ITV Tyneside as a sports reporter. Since 2009 he has worked at Sky Sports, mainly as a presenter, where his passion for football and knowledge of the game are amongst his greatest assets. Over the past few years Pete has become a great asset as a regular host of our events, and we are delighted to have him as always!
Edgbaston Stadium: We are delighted to be holding our event in the Banqueting Suite at Edgbaston Stadium, which is a fantastic large facility, perfectly suited to our event. This is the stadium’s premium pitch-facing facility, enjoying magnificent views over the middle, and plenty of natural light. Our guests will enjoy quality dining and service for which Edgbaston is rightly renowned, with ample complimentary parking for all attendees.
Please note: All speakers subject to final availability.