Dave Bassett is one of football’s colourful characters. Affectionately known as ‘Harry’, he plied his trade at several clubs with considerable success including: Wimbledon, Watford, Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest, Barnsley, Leicester City, Southampton and most recently Leeds United.
Dave Bassett is probably best known for guiding Wimbledon FC to the First Division in the 1980s after taking over from Dario Gradi at Plough Lane in 1981. Considering the fact that Wimbledon had only been elected to the Football League in 1977, it was an astounding achievement.
Dave Bassett formed the original ‘Crazy Gang’ and although he left in 1987, many of the players he had signed took ‘The Dons’ to an unexpected FA Cup victory in 1988 under Bobby Gould.
Bassett was appointed assistant to Harry Redknapp at Southampton in the summer of 2005, after the departure of Jim Smith. When Redknapp left in December 2005, Bassett became the caretaker manager, in a dual role with Dennis Wise.
In 2007, Dave Bassett was appointed as assistant manager to Dennis Wise at Leeds United for the remainder of the 2007 – 08 season.
In his autobiography ‘Settling the Score’ he reveals the stories that have been the hallmark of his amazing career. He reveals the truth behind his four days in charge of Crystal Palace, his fiery relationship with Elton John at Watford, the boardroom battles during his time at Sheffield United and also the chain of events that led to his rejection of Manchester City. He also explains his philosophy of football which has led to his success and made him one of the personalities in the history of the game.
His credentials as a hard-working and successful motivator are well-renowned.
‘Harry’ remains a valued, extremely committed and well-respected member of the League Managers Association.