Dave Bassett

Former Manager of numerous clubs including Nottingham Forest and Leicester City

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Affectionately known as 'Harry', Dave Bassett plied his trade at several clubs with considerable success. He is probably best known for guiding his unfashionable Wimbledon side to the First Division in the 1980s after taking over from Dario Gradi at Plough Lane in 1981.

His credentials as a hard-working and successful motivator are well-renowned and it was hardly surprising when Leicester City turned to him to help lift them from the bottom of the Premiership table following Peter Taylor's exit in October 2001.

Dave Bassett ended his managerial career on a day of very mixed emotions on April 6 2002. Having received a crystal vase from Sir Alex Ferguson on behalf of the League Managers Association in recognition of his achievement in reaching 1000 games as a league manager ahead of his last game in charge of Leicester City, Bassett saw his side beaten by Manchester United at Filbert Street condemning them to relegation from the Premiership.

Bassett had already agreed to hand over the reins to his assistant Micky Adams, formerly manager of Brighton, and received a standing ovation from the Leicester fans who acknowledged his feat in reaching the landmark that has only been achieved by five other managers in English football: Alec Stock, Sir Matt Busby, Jim Smith, Graham Taylor and Dario Gradi.

'Harry' remains a valued, extremely committed and well-respected member of the League Managers Association. He is also one of a trio on the panel that votes for the Scottish Mutual Performance of the Week, alongside Sir Alex Ferguson and Howard Wilkinson.

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