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Mick Wadsworth
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Personal information
Full name Michael Wadsworth
Date of birth 3 November 1950 (1950-11-03) (age 59)
Place of birth    Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Unattached
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1976–1977 Scunthorpe United 28 (3)   
Teams managed
1993–1996
1996–1999
1999
2001–2002
2002–2003
2003–2004
2004
2006–2008
2009
Carlisle United
Scarborough
Colchester United
Oldham Athletic
Huddersfield Town
DR Congo
Beira-Mar
Gretna (caretaker)
Chester City

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Michael "Mick" Wadsworth (born 3 November 1950 in Barnsley, South Yorkshire) is an English football coach and former player, who most recently had the role of manager of Chester City Football Club from June to September 2009.

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Playing career

Wadsworth was, for a very short time, a player. But with his league playing experience limited to around thirty appearances for Scunthorpe United in the 1976–77 season, it is for coaching that he is best known.

A non-league playing career with clubs including Gainsborough Trinity and Mossley ended at Frickley Athletic, where Wadsworth was player-manager. Wadsworth was then employed by the FA until commencing his club management career in 1993.

Coaching career

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The FA

In 1985, Wadsworth was appointed as an FA regional coach in the north-west region of England, a position he would hold until 1991, when he became a Technical Co-ordinator on the FA's Excellence Programme, working on the futures of promising youngsters. Between 1988 and 1992, he was also an official match observer for the England national team under Bobby Robson and then Graham Taylor.

Wadsworth also coached some of the FA's representative teams during his time in their employ, including a coaching role with the national team at the 1990 FIFA World Cup. He spent two years as manager of the England non-league team, five years as manager of the England youth team and had a coaching role with the England U-21 team.

Post-FA Positions

Management and Coaching

Carlisle United Manager

In 1993, Wadsworth was offered a coaching role at PSV Eindhoven, but couldn't accept due to a lack of Dutch coaching credentials. In August, however he was appointed Carlisle United manager. Carlisle finished 7th in Division Three and made the playoffs, but lost in the semi-final. The following season Carlisle reached the Auto Windscreens Trophy final but lost to Barry Fry's Birmingham City. In the league the club finished 1st in Division Three, winning promotion.

After a poor start to 1995–96 in Division Two, Wadsworth resigned from his post as Director of Coaching.

Scarborough

In January 1996 Wadsworth became the assistant to the inexperienced Gary Megson at Norwich City. Norwich were to finish the season 16th of 24 in Division One. At the end of the disastrous season he moved to Scarborough as manager and took the club to the play-off semi-finals in his second season.

Colchester United Manager and St Kitts & Nevis Coach

In January 1999 Wadsworth left Scarborough to manage Colchester United, who finished 18th in Division Two that May. In the close-season, Wadsworth held a short-term coaching role with St. Kitts & Nevis. Not long afterwards, however, Wadsworth resigned from Colchester, on 25 August 1999.

Newcastle United Assistant Manager

After leaving Colchester, Wadsworth spent two weeks working with Steve Coppell at Crystal Palace before becoming assistant manager to Sir Bobby Robson at Newcastle United.

In May 2000, Newcastle finished 11th in the Premier League, a position they would repeat in 2001.

Southampton Assistant Manager, Oldham Manager

Wadsworth was to leave Newcastle in June 2001, without telling Sir Bobby, to become assistant manager to Stuart Gray at Southampton. In November the duo were sacked after a very poor start to the season. The following month he was appointed manager of Oldham Athletic but was fired at the end of the season after finishing ninth in Division Two.

Huddersfield Town Manager

After Lou Macari and Joe Jordan's dismissal Wadsworth was appointed manager of Huddersfield Town in July 2002, after being recommended to chairman David Taylor for the job. Firstly he brought in Dave Wilkes as his First Team Coach and former Barnsley keeper Dave Watson but by January 2003 he was sacked but as Wadsworth and the club could not agree a severance package, he was reinstated until March.

Congo national team

In November 2003 he was appointed manager of Democratic Republic of Congo ahead of African Nations Cup, for which they had qualified. He was sacked from "The Simbas" on 2 February 2004, the day after the team had lost their third of three matches in the tournament.

Portugal/Shrewsbury

In June 2004, he was appointed manager of Portuguese club Beira-Mar, but left in September amid claims of boardroom interference. Wadsworth re-surfaced at Shrewsbury Town in January 2005 as assistant manager to Gary Peters and remained with the club until March 2006.

Gretna and Chester

Wadsworth was appointed Director of Club Development at Scottish side Gretna in July 2006, and he later took on a dual role as Director of Football and assistant manager when David Irons was appointed as Gretna's new manager in July 2007.[1] On 19 May 2008, forty members of staff at Gretna, including Wadsworth, were laid off due to financial difficulties and after relegation.[2]

He was appointed Chester City manager on 29 June 2009.[3] After just two wins in 13 Football Conference games, Wadworth was sacked.[4]

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