Ex-Bristol City boss to lift the lid on 41-year career - twice suffered play-off pain with Robins - also managed both Sheff Utd and Sheff Wed
Wilson couldn’t get the Robins over the line despite having quality players at his disposal
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Wilson has played and managed several clubs, including both Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United, as well as MK Dons, Swindon Town, Barnsley and the Robins.
Forewords by Viv Anderson and assisted by Mathew Mann, Wilson is publishing a book called ‘I Get Knocked Down’, which is due to come out in the middle of next Month.
It is to touch upon several moments during his career, including a petition by four members of parliament to remove him from the hot seat Hillsborough.
His time at City is certainly something that will interest fans of the red side of Bristol, who will want an idea of what things were like under his stewardship.
For four years of his managerial career, he was in charge of first-team affairs at Ashton Gate, but could not achieve the goal of promotion that was set out in front of him. They were in League One, known as the Second Division back then and in his first campaign he finished ninth with Tony Thorpe and Lee Peacock the men who he most relied on.
His teams were the nearly men, where they always got close to success but could never quite get there. In his second campaign they finished seventh, five points off of the play-offs.
Two back-to-back third placed finishes came but they ended up firstly suffering a defeat to Severnside rivals Cardiff City with Peter Thorne scoring the only goal in a 1-0 defeat at Ninian Park.
Misery then came when Queens Park Rangers snatched an automatic spot from under City’s noses, finishing ahead of them by a point.
Wilson’s men would reach the final this time in the playoffs, defeating Hartlepool United who Wilson would later go on to manage. More heartache in Cardiff would follow as they lost 1-0 to Brighton & Hove Albion in the Millennium Stadium.
After the defeat, his contract was not renewed by club chairman Steve Lansdown, who backed Brian Tinnion to lead the club to promotion. It would be Gary Johnson however to lead the club back to the second tier, three years after Wilson’s exit.
Fans of City, as well as Wilson’s other clubs will soon be able to get an insight as to what things were like as their respective teams.
The book’s description reads: During a 25-year managerial career, Danny’s teams have won trophies, promotions, and celebrated last-gasp relegation escapes. Danny managed over a thousand games for Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday, Bristol City, MK Dons, Hartlepool United, Swindon Town, Sheffield United, and Chesterfield.“Danny speaks candidly about his time in management, including: working with Paolo Di Canio; being attacked in the media by four MPs; managing MK Dons during their inaugural season; helping to turn a young Harry Maguire from a midfielder to a defender; and his controversial decision to manage both Sheffield clubs - Wednesday and United.“I Get Knocked Down is a truly fascinating insight into the life of a true football man.”
The book is available to pre-order now and will be widely available to the public when it is published on Friday, October 14, 2022.