Adrian Neil "Aidy" Boothroyd (born 8 February 1971) is an English former footballer, who is manager of the England national under-21 football team.
At club level, he was manager of Watford from 2005 to 2008. During his time with Watford, he was known as one of the best young managers in the United Kingdom. At the time of his departure, he was the youngest and the second longest serving manager in the division.
Boothroyd then had short spells at Colchester United and Coventry City. In 2011, he replaced Gary Johnson at Northampton Town, after his much speculated appointment was confirmed on 30 November 2011. After saving the club from relegation in the 2011–12 season, he took Northampton to the League Two Playoff final in May 2013, only to be defeated in the final. After a poor start to the 2013–14 season, he was relieved of his duties on 21 December 2013, with the club bottom of the Football League.Close