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Gudjon on Gudjonsson-Father&Son

Not many Clarets fans will probably know that Joey Gudjonsson's father is current Crewe manager, Gudjon Thordarson. It is now reported that Thordarson has delayed his return to his native Iceland so he can attend the Clarets Championship Play-off final at Wembley against Sheffield United on Spring Bank Holiday Monday May 25th. He is of course hoping he will see his son,Joey play for the Clarets and help them secure promotion to the top flight for the first time in 33 years.

Thordarson played for his home town club, ÍA Akranes in Iceland for the whole of his playing career between 1972-1986 and got one International cap for the Iceland National team in 1985.

He then embarked on a managerial career having three spells with ÍA Akranes but in between also managing KA Akureyri and KR Reykjavík.

Between 1997-1999 he managed the Iceland National team before embarking on a career in the UK.

He became Stoke City's first foreign manager in November 1999 after the club was taken over by an Icelandic consortium, Stoke Holding. His contract renewal was however terminated just 5 days after Stoke were promoted to what is now the Championship. About 5000 Stoke fans protested outside the ground to try and get him reinstated but it came to nothing. His record at Stoke is still one of the best up to present day averaging 1.7 points per match (Played 154,Won 77,Drew 39 and Lost 38). He left by all accounts due a personal decision taken by club chairman Gunnar Gíslason.

He then had a managerial spell at Start in Norway before returning to the UK to manage Barnsley for a brief spell between 2003-4. Back to Iceland to manage Keflavík before again coming to the UK this time to take charge at Notts County before resigning in May 2006. Icelnad beckoned again with Thordarson returning once more to his first love,[edit] ÍA Akranes.

He was announced as new manager of League One side Crewe Alexandra in December 2008 replacing former managerial legend and caretaker manager at the time,Dario Gradi.

Speaking to Crewe Alexandra's Official Site about the big day at Wembley he said:

'The play-offs are always very exciting and they are always close. You will have to throw a coin to decide the winner because anything can happen on the day.It is a tough and cruel way to decide things. MK Dons went out on penalties. Their whole season was ended by one save and although it can be cruel it is still very exciting for the spectators and it has prolonged the season too. It is a vey exciting way to decide things and a lot of clubs are involved. It is always a great day at Wembley. I have experienced it with Stoke and won through the play-offs, so I know what it is about and what is required. It will be a proud day for me at Wembley on May 25th. I will be a proud father watching my son play and hopefully I will be there to see Joey earn promotion to the Premier League.'



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Writer:turfmanphil
Date:Tuesday May 19 2009
Time: 10:44AM

Comments

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Proud dad, hope Joey gets on,suspect he will be on bench but he normally comes on at some point
turfmanphil
19/05/2009 10:48:00
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Yes - I too expect him to start on the bench and come on around the hour mark - Owen seems to trust him to help complete the job.
Claretdale
19/05/2009 12:20:00
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Got me thinking about other Clarets/ex-Clarets with fathers in the business-eg Walter&Warren Joyce but their must be many more?
turfmanphil
20/05/2009 08:05:00
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