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Mike (Mick) Pejic (born on January 25, 1950 in Chesterton, Staffordshire, is a retired English-Serbian footballer.

His father was Serbian and his mother was English.

His playing career in what was then the Football League First Division (same level now as the FA Premier League) commenced in the 1968-69 season and lasted until the 1979 campaign. He also held coaching and managing positions upon retiring.

As a defender, Pejic played for Stoke City, Everton and Aston Villa. He had eight caps playing for England's U-23 squad and four more caps with the full England side in 1974. He was allegedly dropped by new caretaker England manager Joe Mercer in favour of Alec Lindsay because he "didn't smile enough".

He managed Leek Town and Northwich Victoria before being appointed youth coach at Port Vale in July 1986, being promoted to first team coach in December 1987. He was sacked in March 1992, twelve months later an employment tribunal ruled that he had been unfairly dismissed and Vale were forced to pay a four-figure compensation sum.[1]

Pejic was named Chester City F.C. manager in June 1994 after the shock resignation of Graham Barrow. Unfortunately he inherited a very bare side after the loss of several key players, and an immediate relegation back to Division 3 was inevitable after the side began the season without a point from their first seven games. Pejic was sacked in January 1995 after a 4-0 home thrashing by York City. He later had a spell managing non-league side Leek Town.

He went on to be the regional director for the North East FA and has coached such stars as Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon and Stewart Downing. He then taught FA coaching courses at NWHC in Nuneaton. In 1999 he managed Malaysian side Selangor FA.

In February 2007, he became Head of Youth Coaching at Championship side Plymouth Argyle.

Mike's younger brother, Mel, played for Stoke City, Hereford United and Wrexham. Shaun Pejic, the son of Mel and nephew of Mike, currently plays for Vancouver Whitecaps FC and was on the U-21 team of Wales.

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