Next week former NASL great Brian Kidd will return to the United States as caretaker manager of Manchester City. The Blues have a two game US tour which begins in St Louis on May 23 and culminates in New York on May 25. While Kidd is best known for his time with Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City he played for the Atlanta Chiefs and Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL. He scored 22 goals in his lone season with the Chiefs in 1981, and after the Chiefs folded Kidd moved with his coach David Chadwick to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers where he scored 33 goals in 44 games. He moved with the team to Minnesota in 1984 where he scored 8 goals in about a half season before returning to England.
Kidd was an instrumental behind the scenes player in Sir Alex Ferguson’s building of Manchester United into a dynastic power in English football and one of the most popular football clubs in the world. Kidd was seen celebrating with Ferguson just over touchline in a famous image when United clinched the first Premier League title in May 1993. Kidd left Ferguson and United during the treble winning season of 1998-99 to become a manager in his own right at Blackburn but after Rovers relegation in May 1999 and bad start to the following campaign, Kidd was relieved of his duties.
Kidd later served as an Assistant to former Manchester United star Bryan Robson at Sheffield United before re-joining Manchester City in 2009 as a youth team coach. In December 2009, newly appointed manager Roberto Mancini named Kidd his top assistant.
Last year Kidd shared his NASL experiences with Atlanta Silverbacks.com. “I would say the experience of actually playing in America in the NASL which had a great name, even in England. To have the opportunity to go out, it’s one of the fond memories I have. In football, I’ve always said your legacy is not about how much money you earn in the game, but about the games they’ve played in, the experiences they’ve been involved in, the adventures, and the people they meet. It was wonderful - Ted Turner ran the franchise. I remember meeting Ted and hearing so much about him. Ted was just starting out then. Nobody thought he would do well, and Ted was losing millions. For the time I was out in Atlanta, everybody was trying to buy him out. That was an experience, seeing the way that CNN is now. One of the highlights was in colony square, at a hotel; Mohammed Ali was there, which was a real highlight.”
Speaking about the NASL Kidd said “Obviously, the Cosmos were the flagship team, but you had the glamour teams like Fort Lauderdale and Tampa in Florida, a great German connection in Chicago and on the west coast and Canada, you had a really big British base. There were some great players - some ex-Manchester United players, who I’d played with as a young boy. In California, you had the great George Best, who has sadly passed away - it was terrific. It gave me an opportunity to travel all around America and see places and meet people who I have stayed friends with over the years.”
Kidd has served as an Assistant Manager of Manchester City since December 2009 and on Monday he was named interim Manager with the sacking of Roberto Mancini. Kidd will manage Manchester City this Sunday in their season finale versus Norwich and then next week in the United States.
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