Martyn Eaden is an English professional football coach and former player who is currently the assistant manager at League Two side Colchester United. Eaden began his playing career at Birmingham City in 1989.
He then moved on to Coventry City where he made over 200 first-team appearances. He also had a short spell with Notts County before joining Cambridge United in 1997. His time at Cambridge was memorable as he helped the club win the Football League Trophy just a year later in 1998. After his time with Cambridge, Eaden moved to Peterborough United and then ended his playing career with Torquay United in 2002. Eaden began his coaching career as youth team coach of Torquay United in 2003, before becoming assistant manager of Hereford United in 2006 and then head coach of Exeter City in 2008. He then moved to Ipswich Town as part of Paul Jewell's backroom staff in 2011 before joining up with Keith Alexander's staff at Lincoln City in 2012. After three years at Lincoln, Eaden joined Colchester United as assistant manager under John Ward in 2015 and has since been a key member of their coaching staff. Under Ward's leadership, Colchester narrowly missed out on promotion from League Two last season after losing out to Exeter City on goal difference. Despite some inconsistency with results so far this season, under Eaden's guidance, Colchester have managed to get themselves into the play-off places during the second half of the campaign, with a real chance of making it back into League One next season for the first time since 2018. As well as having great coaching experience both on and off the pitch, Eaden also has extensive knowledge of running successful academies after working as Head of Academy Coaching at Peterborough United between 2004 and 2007 and then again between 2010 and 2011 whilst still being involved with Tottenham Hotspur's academy during this period too. Eaden’s extensive experience across many different levels of football make him an invaluable asset to any club or academy looking for someone who can provide good guidance and help achieve success both on and off the pitch.
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