Manager of Portsmouth Football Club August 1898–May 1901
Manager from August 1898 to May 1901
In 1875 Brettell became player-secretary-manager of Liverpool side St. Domingo, later being one of the founder members Everton, initially as a player (playing primarily at full-back) but later becoming assistant secretary and then secretary. He also worked as a reporter for the Liverpool Mercury.
He joined Bolton Wanderers as secretary in 1896 before becoming the first (secretary-)manager of Tottenham Hotspur in February 1897. He signed a number of players from Bolton, but left to become Portsmouth's first manager in May 1898. He again signed a number of players from the North of England and led Portsmouth the 2nd place in their first ever season in the Southern League. He left Portsmouth in June 1901.
In 1903 Brettell became the first manager of Plymouth Argyle, leaving 1905
|Bolton Wanderers||1 August 1896||14 March 1898||68||26||13||29||38.24|
|Tottenham Hotspur||14 March 1898||17 February 1899||63||37||12||14||58.73|
|Portsmouth||1 August 1899||31 May 1901||88||56||9||23||63.64|
|Plymouth Argyle||1 August 1903||31 May 1905||115||57||27||31||49.57|