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Anthony Hudson (footballer)

Anthony Hudson

Hudson (right) as Bahrain U23 manager in 2012
Personal information
Full name Anthony Patrick Hudson[1]
Date of birth (1981-03-11) 11 March 1981 [2]
Place of birth Seattle, Washington, United States
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
New Zealand (manager)
Youth career
West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
000?–2000 Luton Town 0 (0)
2001–2002 NEC Nijmegen 0 (0)
2006–2008 Wilmington Hammerheads 10 (0)
Total 10 (0)
Teams managed
2008–2010 Real Maryland Monarchs
2011 Newport County
2012–2014 Bahrain U23
2013–2014 Bahrain
2014– New Zealand
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Anthony Patrick Hudson (born 11 March 1981) is an English football manager, currently manager of the New Zealand national football team.

Playing career

Hudson was born in Seattle, Washington, United States.[2] As a player, Hudson started in the youth system at Premier League club West Ham United, and later had a spell at Luton Town. In 2001 he moved to Dutch First Division team NEC Nijmegen.[3] After a break working in the City of London as an Aviation Insurance Broker, he resumed his playing career in 2006 with American lower division club Wilmington Hammerheads, ultimately appearing in 10 league games.

Coaching career

United States

In 2005, Hudson became player/assistant head coach of USL Second Division team Wilmington Hammerheads, having spent the previous two years working as an academy coach at AC Diablos SC.

In October 2008 he was selected as Real Maryland Monarchs head coach at the age of 27.[3] One of the youngest to have obtained the UEFA Pro License, and having studied with the English Football Association, Hudson also became the youngest manager (head coach) in the U.S. In his very first season as manager he led the club, which had the worst record and finished bottom of the table in 2008, to the quarter-finals of the 2009 Playoffs.[4] Hudson was also nominated for the 2009 Coach of the Year Award.[5]

United Kingdom

After leaving Real Maryland following the 2010 season, Hudson returned to the United Kingdom and began coaching under the guidance of Harry Redknapp at Tottenham Hotspur.[6][7][8]

On 1 April 2011, Hudson, aged 30, was appointed manager of Conference Premier club Newport County.[6] He arrived with a "glittering reference"[9] from Redknapp, who likened him to "a young José Mourinho".[10][11] A decent run-in to the 2010–11 season saw Newport County finish ninth in the league.[12] In July 2011, Hudson was working towards the UEFA Pro Licence with the English Football Association.[13] After a poor start to the 2011–12 season, in which Newport County gained eight points from the first twelve matches,[14] Hudson was sacked on 28 September 2011,[15] despite support from some senior players.[16][17] He was succeeded by Justin Edinburgh.


In March 2012, Hudson was appointed manager of the Bahrain under-23 team.[18] He was brought in to coach the national under-23 and Olympic team by Peter Taylor, national team coach of Bahrain senior team. He led Bahrain to the final of the 2012 GCC tournament, eventually losing to Saudi Arabia. This was Bahrain's highest ever finish at this age group, having never reached above 5th place in the gulf.[19] Hudson then worked under Argentinian coach Gabriel Calderon after Peter Taylor's exit. In June 2013 Hudson signed a two year extension by the Bahrain Football Federation.[20] In between tournaments in Bahrain, Hudson spent time studying with Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho, and later with Marcelo Bielsa at Athletic Club de Bilbao.[21]

On 13 August 2013 Hudson was appointed manager of Bahrain.[22] In October 2013 Hudson was listed as a potential candidate as coach of Denmark.[23] Before taking on his new job as head of the senior team, Hudson made history by leading the Bahrain U23 team to their first title at the U23 Gulf Cup of Nations, beating Saudi Arabia in the final.[24] This was the first official gold medal the Bahrain national team have won in their history. In November Hudson led the National team to qualification for the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia. In January 2014 he led Bahrain to their highest finish at the West Asian tournament, beating Kuwait to the bronze medal.[25] Hudson was offered a new two year contract as coach of National Team in February 2014.[26]

New Zealand All Whites

In August 2014, Hudson was appointed manager of the New Zealand national football team.[27][28]

Managerial statistics

As of match played 18 November 2014.
Team From To Record Ref
G W D L Win %
Real Maryland Monarchs October 2008 2010 45 13 11 21 28.9 [29]
Newport County 1 April 2011 28 September 2011 19 6 5 8 31.6 [12][30]
Bahrain U23 1 March 2012 1 August 2014 13 9 2 2 69.2 [31]

[32] [33]

Bahrain 13 August 2013 1 August 2014 12 4 5 3 33.3 [34]


New Zealand 1 August 2014 Present 3 0 1 2 00.0
Total 92 32 24 36 35.2


As a manager

Bahrain Senior Team
  • West Asian Championship 2014 Bronze Medal
  • Qualification for AFC Asian Cup 2015 in Australia
Bahrain U-23

Personal life

Hudson is the son of former Chelsea, Stoke City, Arsenal and England player Alan Hudson.[5] He also speaks Spanish after studying when working with Latin players in America.


  1. ^ "Bahrainis set for Asian qualifiers". Gulf Daily News. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "A. Hudson". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Real Maryland hire Hudson as new head coach". Potomac Soccer Wire. 28 October 2008. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "PFA Exclusive interview: Anthony Hudson". Professional Footballers Association. 14 August 2009. Archived from the original on 2 January 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Winter, Henry (1 September 2009). "Alan Hudson's son opens up a new line of the family business". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Shuttleworth, Peter (1 April 2011). "Tottenham coach Anthony Hudson accepts Newport vacancy". BBC Sport Wales. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "anthony hudson". LinkedIn. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Murray, Nicholas (2 September 2010). "Trafford Finding Feet in Finland". Real Maryland Monarchs. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Pearlman, Michael (11 June 2011). "Harry Redknapp: Why I'm backing County". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  10. ^ Bloom, Mark (2 April 2011). "New Newport boss Hudson reminds me of Mourinho says Redknapp". Western Mail. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  11. ^ Shuttleworth, Peter (5 April 2011). "New boss Hudson prefers Newport County to Real Madrid". BBC Sport Wales. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Newport County AFC 2010–2011 : Results & Fixtures". Statto. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  13. ^ Pearlman, Michael (2 July 2011). "Hudson vows to add three or four more". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "Newport County AFC 2011–2012 : Results & Fixtures". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  15. ^ "Anthony Hudson departs as Newport County manager". BBC Sport. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  16. ^ Pearlman, Michael (16 September 2011). "Players are to blame – Rogers". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  17. ^ "Newport players fully behind Hudson". BBC Sport. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  18. ^ Bahrain appoint Hudson
  19. ^ Bahrain reach final
  20. ^ [1]
  21. ^ Bahrain can be the best
  22. ^ / Hudson appointed Senior National Coach
  23. ^ [2]
  24. ^ /2013 U23 GCC Cup Final
  25. ^ [3]
  26. ^ [4]
  27. ^ [5]
  28. ^ Anthony Hudson takes over as New Zealand manager, BBC Sport
  29. ^ "Real Maryland FC". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  30. ^ "Newport County AFC 2011–2012 : Results & Fixtures". Statto. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  31. ^ "Bahrain U23". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  32. ^ "Bahrain Olympic". Gulf daily news. 
  33. ^ "Bahrain Olympic". Gulf daily news. 
  34. ^ "Bahrain". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  35. ^ "Bahrain". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 

External links

  • Anthony Hudson website
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