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John Barnes (footballer)

John Barnes (footballer)
Barnes in 2010
Personal information
Full nameJohn Charles Bryan Barnes
Date of birth7 November 1963(age 53)
Place of birthKingston, Jamaica
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11.6 in)
Playing positionLeft winger

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John Charles Bryan Barnes MBE (born 7 November 1963 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a Jamaican-born English football manager, rapper and former football player.

During his playing career, Barnes had successful periods at Watford and Liverpool in the 1980s and 1990s, winning the First Division twice, the FA Cup twice, and playing for England 79 times (a former record for a black player). After a period at Newcastle United, he ended his playing career at Charlton Athletic in 1999. Barnes currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa

After retiring as a player, Barnes had a brief stint as head coach of Celtic in 1999 2000, working alongside Kenny Dalglish. He took over as manager of the Jamaica national team on 1 November 2008, but resigned six months later to become manager at Tranmere Rovers. He was sacked by Tranmere on 9 October 2009 after a series of poor results.

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