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Tommy Cavanagh

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Full nameThomas Henry Cavanagh
Playing positionInside forward

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Thomas Henry "Tommy" Cavanagh (29 June 1928 - 14 March 2007) was an English footballer and coach. As a player, he was an inside-forward at six professional clubs, most notably Huddersfield Town and Doncaster Rovers.

After retiring as a player, Cavanagh coached and later managed Brentford. He coached at Nottingham Forest from 1966 until 1972. He then linked up with his former Preston teammate Tommy Docherty as a coach at Manchester United. Cavanagh stayed at United when Docherty was sacked in 1977 and became assistant manager under Docherty's successor, Dave Sexton, but he left the club following Ron Atkinson's appointment in 1981.

He later had coaching spells at Newcastle United, and Rosenborg in Norway. In 1985, he became Martin Buchan's assistant at Burnley, and took over as manager when Buchan was sacked later that year.

After leaving Burnley in 1986, he worked at the FA School of Excellence at Lilleshall until his retirement. In 2002, Cavanagh was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and died in March 2007, aged 78.

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