David Pleat


Former winger footballer, David Pleat has now turned his hand to management, commentary and the after dinner speaker circuit. Having begun his career with Nottingham Forest, Pleat has also made appearances for the likes of Exeter City and Peterborough United before coaching some of the UK’s most prolific teams. With more than 40 years in football under his belt, Pleat has amassed some of the most sought-after skills in which he can apply to a variety of corporate, school and sporting organisations as a speaker.

After making his debut league performance with Nottingham Forest, he moved to Luton Town where he made more than 70 appearances. Since then, he has played for Shrewsbury Town, Exeter City and Peterborough United totalling up to 185 football league appearances and 26 goals scored throughout his playing career.

Beginning his renowned career in management with Nuneaton Borough in 1971, Pleat went onto make his first big impact with Luton Town. During his nine-year role, he oversaw the promotion of the team form Football League Second Division to First Division, several players on the team gain international acclaim and the team reaching the semi-final of the 1985 FA Cup. After making similar progress with Tottenham Hotspur and a brief spell with Leicester City, he returned to Luton Town to lead them to the semi-final of the FA Cup once more in 1994.

Some of his most recent managerial stints were with Sheffield Wednesday, a return to Tottenham Hotspur and Nottingham Forest. In 2008, he became an advisor for Spanish team UD Marbella where he mentored young English players. Having also turned to a media career, David has written for various publications including The Guardian and The Daily Mail. He has also become a commentator for ITV, Radio 5 Live, ESPN UK and most recently Al Jazeera Sport.

An incredibly passionate, determined and driven footballing figure, David Pleat is able to encourage the same motivation within corporate audiences as he does as a football manager. With an abundance of knowledge surrounding effective teamwork, leadership and achieving peak performance, Pleat has been known to make revolutionary changes to many businesses.

To book David Pleat as the football speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.

When he’s at corporate events, David is known to cover the following topics:

  • Football Management
  • Sporting Success
  • Nottingham Forest
  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • Team Management
  • Drive & Determination

Get a taste for what David’s like at corporate events, here: