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.
Wadsworth was, for a very short time, a player. But with his
limited to around thirty appearances for Scunthorpe United
in the 1976–77
season, it is for
coaching that he is best known.
playing career with clubs
Wadsworth was player-manager
Wadsworth was then employed by the FA until commencing his club
management career in 1993.
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
. 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
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
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
resigned from his post as Director of Coaching.
In January 1996 Wadsworth became the assistant to the inexperienced
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 &
. 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
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
Southampton Assistant Manager, Oldham Manager
Wadsworth was to leave Newcastle in June 2001, without telling Sir
Bobby, to become assistant manager to Stuart Gray
. 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
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.
2004, he was appointed manager of Portuguese club Beira-Mar, but
left in September amid claims of boardroom interference.
Wadsworth re-surfaced at Shrewsbury
in January 2005 as assistant manager to Gary Peters
and remained with the
club until March 2006.
Gretna and Chester
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.
On 19 May 2008, forty members of staff
at Gretna, including Wadsworth, were laid off due to financial
difficulties and after relegation.
He was appointed Chester City
manager on 29 June 2009. After just two wins in 13 Football
Conference games, Wadworth was sacked.
BBC Sport - Retrieved on 19 May 2008