Sammy Chung dies aged 90: Who was former Wolverhampton Wanderers boss - who else did he manage?

Sammy Chung dies aged 90: Who was former Wolverhampton Wanderers boss - who else did he manage, who did he play for

Sammy Chung, former Wolverhampton Wanderers manager, has died at the age of 90.

Wolverhampton Wanderers confirmed the news on the website and said the former first team manager  “died peacefully in his sleep” on Sunday 28 August following a long illness. Wolves have since passed on their condolences to Sammy’s family.

Here’s everything you need to know about Sammy Chung, including who he was, who he managed, who he played for, and what position he played.

Who was Sammy Chung?

Sammy Chung, former Wolverhampton Wanderers manager, has died aged 90

Sammy Chung was a professional football manager best known for his spells at Wolves, Tamworth and Doncaster Rovers. He was also a professional footballer before he made the step into management.

He made more than 300 appearances as a professional player for Reading, Norwich City and Watford.

Chung took charge of more than 100 Wolves matches during his reign between June 1976 and November 1978 after first joining the Wanderers as an assistant under Bill McGarry.

The pair helped guide Wolves to glory in the 1974 League Cup, as well as the UEFA Cup final which remains the club’s first and only major European final.

Following relegation from the First Division in 1976, McGarry left and Chung took over as manager. He guided Wolves to the Second Division title in 1977, regaining their top-flight status.

Sammy Chung (right) speaks to former Scottish footballer Ken Malcolm (left)

He kept Wanderers in the top tier the season after that and then departed the club at the end of 1978. After, Chung went on to manage Tamworth and Doncaster before coaching in the United Arab Emirates.

Chung even became a Director of Football in Barbados towards the end of his terrific career.

Who did Sammy Chung manage?

After retiring as a professional player, Sammy Chung returned to the game as an assistant manager and then a first-team head coach.

Chung managed three teams:

  • Wolverhampton Wanderers (1976-1978)
  • Tamworth (1992-1993)
  • Doncaster Rovers (1994-1996)

Chung was also assistant manager at two teams:

  • Wolverhampton Wanderers (1974-1976)
  • Stoke City (1985-1990)

Who did Sammy Chung play for and in what position?

Sammy Chung played over 300 career matches, predominantly for Reading, Norwich City and Watford

Playing predominantly as a striker or wing-half, Sammy Chung played for five different teams, including at youth and senior levels. These were:

  • Abingdon Town: 1949
  • Headington United: 1950-1953
  • Reading: 1953-1955 (22 appearances, 12 goals)
  • Norwich City: 1955-1957 (47 appearances, 9 goals)
  • Watford: 1957-1965 (219 appearances, 22 goals)