Peter Shreeves (born 30 November 1940) is a Welsh former football player, manager and coach.
|Date of birth||30 November 1940|
|Place of birth||Neath, Wales|
|Height||5 ft 8.5 in (1.74 m)|
|Playing position||Inside forward|
|1973–1974||Charlton Athletic (youth coach)|
|1974–1977||Tottenham Hotspur (youth coach)|
|1977–1980||Tottenham Hotspur (reserves manager)|
|1980–1984||Tottenham Hotspur (assistant manager)|
|1986–1988||Queens Park Rangers (coach)|
|1988–1990||Queens Park Rangers (assistant manager)|
|1990–1991||Watford (assistant manager)|
|1990–1991||Wales (assistant manager)|
|1993–1996||Chelsea (assistant manager)|
|1996–1997||Sheffield Wednesday (assistant manager)|
|1997||Sheffield Wednesday (caretaker)|
|1997–1999||Sheffield Wednesday (assistant manager)|
|1999||Nottingham Forest (assistant manager)|
|2001–2002||Barnet (assistant manager)|
|2009||Grays Athletic (director of football/caretaker)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Shreeves was born in Neath in South Wales where his mother had been evacuated to during the early stages of World War II, but was brought up in Islington, London. He began his career with non-league Finchley from where he joined Reading in January 1959. He made over 100 league appearances for Reading over the next seven years, but his professional career was curtailed by a broken leg. He left Reading in 1966 to join Southern League club Chelmsford City.
In the summer of 1969, Shreeves joined Wimbledon where he remained until taking up a coaching post at Charlton Athletic in 1974. Later that year he joined Tottenham Hotspur as youth coach. In 1977, Tottenham manager Keith Burkinshaw promoted him to manager of the reserve team, and then as his assistant in 1980.
In June 1984, Shreeves was promoted to the manager's seat after Burkinshaw's resignation and took Spurs to third place in the league at the end of his first season as manager. This would normally have earned them a UEFA Cup place, but the ban on English clubs in European competition began at this time due to the Heysel Stadium disaster. Tottenham finished 10th the following season and Shreeves was sacked in favour of David Pleat in March 1986.
In August that year Shreeves joined the coaching staff at Queens Park Rangers and in December 1988 was made assistant manager after Trevor Francis had been appointed as player-manager. He then worked as assistant to Steve Perryman at Watford before working as Wales assistant manager under Terry Yorath.
Shreeves returned to Tottenham as manager in July 1991 after Terry Venables had moved upstairs to become Chief Executive. Tottenham had won the FA Cup under Venables, but Shreeves was sacked after just one season with Tottenham finishing 15th in the league.
Shreeves then became assistant manager to David Pleat at Sheffield Wednesday, and worked alongside subsequent manager Ron Atkinson. He remained for a short while under the next manager, Danny Wilson, but left to re-join Atkinson at Nottingham Forest, where the duo were unable to prevent the club from being relegated. Shreeves acted as interim manager of the club for a short while following Atkinson's retirement at the end of the season, but left upon the arrival of David Platt as manager.
He was out of work until March 2000, when he was asked to return to Sheffield Wednesday as caretaker manager after Danny Wilson was sacked. The Owls were struggling at the bottom of the Premiership, and despite managing a few decent results, Shreeves was unable to prevent relegation. He did not get the manager's job on a permanent basis, but was retained as assistant manager to Paul Jewell, and got the job permanently when Jewell was sacked in February 2001. The Owls were looking in real danger of a second successive relegation at the time, but Shreeves kept them clear, earning the Manager of the Month award for March 2001 in the process. However, he resigned in October 2001 with the Owls struggling in the league.
Shreeves made a return to football as manager of Conference side Barnet in February 2002, earning the Conference Manager of the Month Award for his first month in charge. However, he resigned after just one year in charge, with the Bees struggling to make the Conference play-offs.
In June 2009 Shreeves was appointed Director of Football at Grays Athletic, and the club appointed him as caretaker manager following Gary Phillips being placed on gardening leave on 10 September, until appointing a new manager on 16 September.
There is some confusion about his name. His name is variously spelled "Shreeve" and "Shreeves" in different sources, as he mentions in an interview for the 2008 book "The Boys From White Hart Lane" by Martin Cloake and Adam Powley. The Tottenham Hotspur website still gives the spelling "Shreeves". He says "My real name is Shreeve, but over the years I've had so many people getting it wrong that in the end I thought, 'why not – it's Shreeves.' I've looked in the club handbooks and I see that one year my name is spelt with an 's' at the end, the next it is 'Shreeve'.
- Captain Atherton's band of hopefuls. Findarticles.com. Retrieved on 8 February 2013.
- Shreeves named manager of the month. BBC News (3 April 2001). Retrieved on 8 February 2013.
- Shreeves quits Wednesday. BBC News (17 October 2001). Retrieved on 8 February 2013.
- Barnet unveil Shreeves. BBC News (26 February 2002). Retrieved on 8 February 2013.
- Shreeves lands award. BBC News (3 April 2002). Retrieved on 8 February 2013.
- Shreeves quits Barnet. BBC News (18 March 2003). Retrieved on 8 February 2013.
- Press release from Grays Athletic board Archived 1 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine
- "Shreeves to lead Grays at Rushden". BBC Sport. 10 September 2009. Retrieved 10 September 2009.
- Barnet bring in Shreeves as coach. BBC News (26 January 2010). Retrieved on 8 February 2013.
- Shreeves is Honorary President of SA Stainash FC. "HENDON'S CONTRACT TERMINATED". Archived from the original on 1 May 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2010.. barnetfc.com (28 April 2010)
- Cloake & Powley (2008). The Boys from White Hart Lane. p. 210. ISBN 978-1-905326-38-9.