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Colin Bell (footballer, born 1961)

Colin Bell (born 5 August 1961) is an English football manager and former footballer, who is the assistant head coach at Huddersfield Town.

Colin Bell
2015-09-13 1.FFC Frankfurt vs 1.FFC Turbine Potsdam Colin Bell 002.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1961-08-05) 5 August 1961 (age 57)
Place of birth Leicester, England
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Huddersfield Town (assistant head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1982 Leicester City 0 (0)
1982–1987 VfL Hamm
1987–1989 1. FSV Mainz 05 40 (6)
Teams managed
1989–1996 TuS Koblenz
1999–2000 Dynamo Dresden
2000 VfL Hamm
2000–2001 SV Waldhof Mannheim
2001–2005 1. FSV Mainz 05 II
2005 Preußen Münster
2006–2011 TuS Koblenz (Youth coach)
2008–2010 TuS Koblenz (Assistant coach)
2011–2013 Bad Neuenahr (women)
2013–2015 1. FFC Frankfurt (women)
2015–2016 Avaldsnes IL (women)
2016–2017 Sand
2017–2019 Republic of Ireland (women)
2019– Huddersfield Town (assistant head coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Playing careerEdit

Bell began his career at Leicester City, but did not break into the first team, and left for Germany aged 20. Bell played for VfL Hamm and 1. FSV Mainz 05, featuring in the 2. Bundesliga for the latter.

Coaching careerEdit

Bell retired to take up coaching in 1989. He managed TuS Koblenz for seven years, before joining the coaching staff at 1. FC Köln in 1996. In 1999, he took on his most high-profile role to date, managing Dynamo Dresden, but was not successful – the team failed to qualify for the restructured Regionalliga, and dropped to the Oberliga (level four) for the first time. He was sacked before the end of the season. After spells managing SV Waldhof Mannheim, 1. FSV Mainz 05's reserve team, and SC Preußen Münster, he worked at TuS Koblenz as assistant manager and youth coach.

In 2011, he signed for SC 07 Bad Neuenahr in Germany's Women's Bundesliga.[1] Two seasons later, Bell became the manager of 1. FFC Frankfurt.[2] The team won the Frauen DFB Pokal in 2014 and the UEFA Women's Champions League in 2015.[3][4]

In December 2015, he left 1. FFC Frankfurt to coach Avaldsnes IL.[5]

In July 2016, he returned to Germany to coach Sand.[6]

On 8 February 2017, Colin Bell was appointed the Senior International Manager of the Republic of Ireland, replacing Sue Ronan. He took up his new position from 13 February 2017.[7]

On 29 June 2019, he was appointed as the Assistant Head Coach at EFL Championship club Huddersfield Town.[8]


  1. ^ Juchem, Markus (6 April 2011). "Colin Bell neuer Trainer beim SC 07 Bad Neuenahr" (in German). Retrieved 6 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Colin Bell neuer Trainer beim 1. FFC Frankfurt" (in German). Sportal. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  3. ^ Aloia, Andrew (26 March 2015). "Colin Bell: From Leicester City to Frankfurt women's head coach". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  4. ^ Juchem, Markus (14 May 2015). "Frankfurt's Colin Bell: My coaching philosophy". UEFA. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  5. ^ Kassouf, Jeff (1 December 2015). "Equalizer Soccer – Bell leaves UWCL holders Frankfurt for Avaldsnes". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  6. ^ Walsh, Jonathan (12 July 2016). "Colin Bell becomes new SC Sand head coach". Vavel. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Colin Bell replaces Sue Ronan as Ireland manager". RTÉ Sport. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
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