Appointed – October 1972 Left – May 1977
Born 28 December 1932 in County Cork, Ireland – died 8 September 2005, Noel played for West Ham Utd and Manchester Utd. He captained West Ham to the Division Two championship in the 1957–58 season leading them back into the top flight for the first time since 1930. In November 1960 Noel joined Manchester United at the time for a record fee for a full back. He helped the club win the 1965 and 1967 First Division league titles and captained Manchester United when they won the 1963 FA Cup Final. Noel’s first managerial role was at Coventry City who had just reached the old First Division. Noel kept Coventry in the top flight in his first two seasons before taking them to a sixth place finish in 1969–70, earning them qualification for the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. Noel left Coventry in March 1972 to take charge of the New England Tea Men in the USA, but within seven months was back in English football for his first stint as manager of Peterborough United. Known as the messiah Noel managed the Posh to the Fourth Division title in his first full season as manager, before leaving on 10 May 1977 for a second spell with the New England Tea Men.
Noel’s Posh managerial record was for his first stint in charge between October 1972 and May 1977 was: