Mark Yates (footballer)

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Mark Yates
Personal information
Full name Mark Jason Yates
Date of birth (1970-01-24) 24 January 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1986–1988 Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 Birmingham City 54 (6)
1990–1991 Colchester United (loan) 25 (6)
1991–1993 Burnley 18 (1)
1993 Lincoln City (loan) 14 (0)
1993–1994 Doncaster Rovers 34 (4)
1994–1999 Kidderminster Harriers 237 (40)
1999–2004 Cheltenham Town 227 (21)
2004 Kidderminster Harriers 12 (2)
Total 593 (74)
National team
1999 England semi-professional 2 (0)
Teams managed
2006–2009 Kidderminster Harriers
2009–2014 Cheltenham Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mark Jason Yates (born 24 January 1970) is an English football manager and former player, who was most recently the manager of Cheltenham Town. As a player he played primarily in a central midfield role.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Birmingham, Yates began his footballing career as a trainee at hometown club Birmingham City, before going on to sign professional terms with the club in 1988. He spent a total of three seasons at St Andrew's, making 66 first team appearances, including one in the side that won the 1991 Football League Trophy.

In 1991 Yates was sold to Burnley for £40,000 but struggled to hold down a regular position. Spells at Lincoln City and Doncaster Rovers followed, before Yates dropped out of the Football League to sign for Conference side Kidderminster Harriers in 1994, going on to become club captain. In his first season at the club Kidderminster reached the final of the FA Trophy, losing 2–1 to Woking. In 1997 Yates seemed set for a return to League football as Kidderminster led the Conference by a significant margin going into the final months of the season. However, the Harriers let the lead slip, allowing Macclesfield Town to overtake them and claim the championship.

In January 1999 Yates left Kidderminster to join local rivals Cheltenham Town for a fee of £25,000, helping the Robins to secure the league title and a place in the Football League. Yates remained with the Gloucestershire outfit until February 2004, enjoying reasonable success, the highlight being a victory in the 2002 Third Division play-off final. After falling out of favour at Whaddon Road, in 2004 Yates returned to Kidderminster, by this time a Football League club themselves, playing his part in the club's successful fight against relegation.

Coaching and management[edit]

At the end of this season Yates called time on his playing career, becoming first team coach at Burnley alongside the manager who had signed him at Cheltenham, Steve Cotterill. Following a year and a half in that role, Yates was offered the chance to take up his first managerial position by former club Kidderminster, now back in the Conference, a position which he took up in January 2006. In his first season in charge he steered the club to safety from relegation, and in the second secured a top-half finish as well as an FA Trophy Final place at the new Wembley Stadium. He was twice voted Manager of the Month in this second season, for the months of December 2006 and January 2007.

He was appointed manager of League Two team Cheltenham on 22 December 2009, with Neil Howarth joining him as first team coach. He led them to the 2012 League Two play-off final which they lost 2–0 to Crewe Alexandra.[1] Yates guided Cheltenham to the League Two playoffs again in 2013 only to lose to Northampton Town 2-0 on aggregate.

On 25 November 2014, Yates left Cheltenham Town after almost five years in charge.[2]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 22 November 2014.
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Kidderminster Harriers 1 January 2006 22 December 2009 217 92 52 73 42.40
Cheltenham Town 22 December 2009 25 November 2014 257 93 69 95 36.19
Total 474 185 121 168 39.03

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Birmingham City[3]
Colchester United[4]
Kidderminster Harriers[5]
Cheltenham Town[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kidderminster's Mark Yates appointed Cheltenham manager". BBC Sport. 22 December 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Mark Yates: Cheltenham Town sack manager". BBC Sport. 25 November 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Associate Members Cup Finalists". Coludaybyday.co.uk. 
  4. ^ "Conference Honours". Coludaybyday.co.uk. 
  5. ^ "FA Trophy Honours". Coludaybyday.co.uk. 
  6. ^ "Division Three (League Two) Play-off Finalists". Coludaybyday.co.uk. 

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