Date: 6th December 2013 at 9:17am
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Are your kids struggling to think what to get you for Christmas?

Alberto Daniel ‘Danny’ Bergara – The Man from Uruguay – that would do nicely!

Here is a snippet from the books introduction:


In recent years English football supporters have seen the impact that Arsène Wenger, José Mourinho, Rafael Benítez, Carlo Ancelotti, Roberto di Matteo and Roberto Mancini have made at the top level in club football. Even the English national team has been managed by foreigners Sven-Göran Eriksson and Fabio Capello.

Long before foreign managers were commonplace in the English game, Uruguayan Danny Bergara had already blazed the trail for the rest to follow.

Bergara is linked with several English football clubs, most famously Stockport County, although it is a little known fact that he was used as a scout and coach by Dave Mackay when his Derby County side played Real Madrid in the European Cup 2nd round way back in 1975.

He also spent a two year period working for the England youth team as assistant to John Cartwright, the first foreign national to do so, almost twenty years before Eriksson took charge of the first team.

It is probably fair to say that without Bergara’s success, both as a coach and manager, the influx of foreign managers into the English game may never have happened. Danny himself, although always believing that his methods and ideas would work, mentioned on many an occasion that he thought he had probably arrived in the country too early.

The Man from Uruguay tells Bergara’s story from his days as a player in Uruguay and Spain to his superb coaching career in the country that became his second home, England.

From his early days as youth coach at Luton Town to becoming the first South American to be named as a manager of an English Football League Club at Rochdale before taking perennial strugglers Stockport County to promotion and four Wembley appearances.

His highly successful reign at Edgeley Park ended in very unsavory circumstances, and though he was to win his unfair dismissal case, Bergara was never again able to repeat his earlier success.

A spell at Premier League Sheffield Wednesday alongside his oldest friend in the English game, David Pleat, was followed by unsuccessful stints at several lower league clubs. Bergara ending his career as a scout for Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers, who he worked for until his death in 2007.


The Man from Uruguay is available from or from the Stockport County Club Shop

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Written by Phil Brennan the book will be available for delivery w/c 9th December.

(Thanks to Vital County member LGC who spotted this and mentioned it in the forum)


3 Replies to “The Man from Uruguay”

  • What a man ! small in stature but big in heart…… A true County Legend , saddly missed , always loved.

  • Those days under Danny seem like a different lifetime now. ‘Legend’, so often over used but in the case of the man from Uruguay so apt.

  • Simple really !! Thank you Danny…….. don’t think we will ever see those days again…..true County legend and a hugely decent man…RIP mate x

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