|Football clubs originally dealt with
team selection by way of committee - with one person, usually a Director
or Club Secretary, assuming greater responsibility than others for
From their first competitive fixture in 1887 up until March 1946 Everton
adhered to this model and never appointed a formal team manager. The
following people were regarded as the prime movers in team selection
and player transfers but none of them had the word “Manager” anywhere
in the title of their post - they were all "Club Secretary" - and
none of them fully acted like a manager as we know the role today:
Alexander Nisbet (Aug 1886 - Jun 1888) William Barclay
(Jun 1888 - Aug 1889) Dick Molyneux (Aug 1889 - Sep
William Cuff (Sep 1901 - Dec 1918) William
Sawyer (Dec 1918 - Nov 1919) Thomas McIntosh
(Dec 1919 - Oct 1935)
Thomas McIntosh had become Everton Secretary in 1919 and was still
in that role in 1932 when he was diagnosed with cancer.
From 1932 onwards, Theo Kelly acted as secretary on-and-off during
McIntosh’s many enforced absences. However, formally speaking, McIntosh
remained as Secretary until his death on 29 October 1935.
By that time, many football clubs had got around to appointing “Managers”
or “Secretary-Managers” (doing most of what we see
managers doing today) and following McIntosh’s death Everton’s board
debated long-and-hard about whether to appoint a
“Team Manager”, a “Secretary-Manager” or another “Secretary”.
Finally, on 25 February 1936, they appointed Theo Kelly as “Secretary”.
Not "Manager” or “Secretary-Manager” – just “Secretary”.
He was undoubtedly the prime mover when it came to first-team affairs
and team selection (and had been since McIntosh's
death) but he was not yet a “Manager” as we now understand the term.
Kelly continued in that role until, on 5 March 1946, Everton caught
up with nearly all other clubs in England and appointed him, on
a salary of £1,500 per annum, as “Secretary-Manager”. Everton’s Managerial
dynasty had begun!
(Although, just to be awkward, the club later gave Ian Buchan the
official title of "Chief Coach" and it was only from his 10th
game in charge, after a board announcement on 20 September 1956, that
Buchan officially had control over team selection!)
Click on the links above to see the full records of all of Everton's
bosses, whether they were called 'Club Secretary', 'Secretary-Manager',
'Manager' or whatever!