At 63 years old, Danny Wilson has this physical status:
Daniel Joseph Wilson (born 1 January 1960) is a former footballer and manager.
clinicians, he has worked with Sheffield Wednesday, Bristol City, Milton Keynes Dons, Hartlepool United, Swindon Town, Barnsley, and Chesterfield.
Wilson began his playing days with Wigan Athletic in the Northern Premier League, scoring once in eight appearances before moving to Bury in the Football League. He won the Anglo Scottish Cup with Chesterfield in 1981 and went on to win the League Cup with both Luton Town and Sheffield Wednesday in 1991. Luton's equalizer against Arsenal with seven minutes remaining in the 1988 final was certainly the club's most controversial match-saving goal. In 1993, he finished as runner-up in both domestic cup finals with Sheffield Wednesday. He also played for Northern Ireland and scored one goal.
Wilson and Viv Anderson joined Barnsley on free transfers to become player-assistant manager and boss respectively in 1993. Wilson was appointed player-manager after Viv Anderson left to become assistant manager to Bryan Robson at Middlesbrough 12 months after a disappointing season.
Barnsley finished sixth in Division One from 1994-95. This would have meant occupying a playoff position in an ordinary season, but only two clubs will be promoted (with the fifth placed club occupying the final playoff position) and Barnsley skipped out. The following season was a disappointment as the club finished mid-table.
Wilson led Barnsley to the Premier League in 1996-97. It was the first time Barnsley had been promoted to the top division of English football. Wilson's team reached the FA Cup quarter finals, knocking out favorites Manchester United in the fifth round despite the fact that their tenure lasted just a single season before relegation.
Wilson played for Sheffield Wednesday as the club's manager in 1998 and was hopeful of resurrecting the club's fortunes. They had just finished 16th in the Premier League and five seasons ago, when Wilson was still on the club's playing staff, and they had reached both domestic cup finals and finished seventh in the first ever Premier League.
Wilson led Sheffield Wednesday to a respectable 12th place in the Premier League in 1998-99, with aim for a top-half finish the following season. But he was fired the following March, only after leading the club not to relegation. Following some poor results such as losing 8–0 to Newcastle United, four Sheffield-based MPs, including David Blunkett, asked for his head in January 2000 (he received the Premier League's Manager of the Month award in January 2000). After his dismissal, Basset law MP Joe Ashton said: "Danny was a kind fellow but he couldn't do it," he said (manage Sheffield Wednesday).
Wilson was appointed manager of Division Two Bristol City on a four-year basis in June 2000. After his deal was not renewed, he left the club at the end of the 2003–04 season, having struggled to qualify for promotion.
Wilson took over as the new manager of Milton Keynes Dons in December 2004. He saved the club from relegation in his first season, and they would have lost if it wasn't for a 10-point suspension on Wrexham who had switched to receivership.
Wilson was unable to save MK Dons from relegation to League Two at the end of the 2005–06 season, and he was fired on May 10, 2006.
Wilson was appointed manager of Hartlepool United on June 13, 2006. Wilson took over from Youth Team Coach Paul Stephenson, who took over the first team's interim charge for the 2005-06 season. MK Dons and Hartlepool United were relegated to League Two alongside MK Dons.
He took Hartlepool to second place in League 2 in 2006-07 and gained promotion back to League 1.
On December 15, 2008, he left Hartlepool United, leaving Chris Turner in temporary charge.
Wilson, the team's newest manager of Swindon Town, was appointed on December 26, 2008, saving the team from relegation that season. Wilson brought in several new players, including Gordon Greer, Alan O'Brien, Jonathan Douglas, David Lucas, and Charlie Austin. The club lost 0–1 against Millwall F.C.
Wilson and club chairman Andrew Fitton developed many friendships with Premier League and SPL clubs, most notably Liverpool, Manchester City, and Celtic, who all loaned Wilson players to assist in his squad's growth. Wilson sent youth goalkeeper Jamie Stephens to the Liverpool youth academy, who in turn loaned Swindon Stephen Darby, who later scored the winning penalty that brought Swindon into the 2009–10 play-off final. Both Simon Ferry and Paul Caddis were loaned from Celtic, and the club has since agreed to permanent agreements. Wilson loaned Manchester City striker David Ball for the 2010–11 season. Wilson resigned from his position on March 2nd, 2011 following a poor run of form that saw the club fall into the relegation zone.
Wilson was appointed Sheffield United's manager on May 27, 2011. The appointment was met with some dissatisfaction among the fans, as around 400 people descended on Bramall Lane to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the appointment, especially considering that he was a former player and boss of Sheffield's bitter rivals. During the announcing press conference, disapproving chants against his appointment could have been heard. Wilson's later remarks implied that he already felt the heat as a result of crossing the political divide. Captain Chris Morgan was promoted to a player-coach role as part of the Blades' restructured executive team. Morgan had played under Wilson during his time at Barnsley. Wilson appointed ex Sheffield United player Frank Barlow as his assistant a few weeks later.
corporate Wilson got off to a promising start with a 2–0 win over Oldham Athletic in his first league game in charge. In Wilson's first home league game, this was followed by a League Cup win over Hartlepool United and a 2–0 win over Brentford. Wilson was named Manager of the Month for December 2011, after leading the Blades to league victories over Rochdale, AFC Bournemouth, Notts County, and Hartlepool United. Despite the Blades' 92 league goals and accumulating 90 points (finishing 3rd) in Wilson's first season as coach, the team lost on penalties against Huddersfield Town in the 2011-12 League One play-off finals.
Wilson received the League One manager of the month award for October 2012, which included a 19-game unbeaten streak in all leagues. However, six months later, he left Sheffield United on April 10, 2013 after a poor run of form.
Wilson was named as Barnsley's second manager on December 17, 2013, fifteen years after his previous resignation. Following David Flitcroft's dismissal with Barnsley at the foot of the Championship table, he took over.
Wilson was fired by Barnsley on February 12, 2015, after a string of poor results.
He was appointed as Chesterfield's new boss on December 24, 2015, replacing Dean Saunders. He won by 7–1 against Shrewsbury Town in his second game as a coach.
Wilson won Chesterfield's League One status with a game to spare, putting the season in 18th place.
The following season got off to a promising start under Wilson, with Chesterfield remaining undefeated in the first three games of the season, winning two.
After a poor run of results, Wilson was fired as Chesterfield manager on January 8th, 2017.