Mick is the longest serving manager in the top class women’s game. Now in his fourteenth year at the club, he has endured several
ups and downs as he attempted to mould a side capable of challenging the southern stronghold.
After two relegations and three
promotions Sunderland finally established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in 2009. An appearance in the FA Cup Final was
followed by a fourth place finish in the top flight and then in 2011 the Premier League crown came to the North East for the first
time. Then as if to hammer home the message he has guided The Lady Black Cats to the Premier League and Cup double in 2012 and National
Premier League Champions for three consecutive years in 2013. In recognition of his achievements Mick was named “Manager of the Year”
in 2009, 2011 and again in 2013 at the FA Women’s Football Awards.
Sept 1999 (14yrs)
How did you become
involved in Women's football?
By accident. I was doing 'B' licence and was invited to take a session for Boldon Ladies. They kept asking
me to come back, that was either in 1995 or 1996.
Ambition within football
I'd like to have an involvement at International level.
Domestically to win the SL & FA Cup with Sunderland.
Person you admire within football and why?
Arsene Wenger. An absolute
genius in all aspects of the game. He has taken the game to the next level from sports science perspective to prep and performance.
you admire outside football and why?
Muhammad Ali. The ultimate champion and Nelson Mandela, who was a very strong and dignified
How do you spend your spare time when not involved with football?
What spare time? I'm into golf and the gym and also
I go to a few gigs.
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