Michael Clegg

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Michael Clegg
Personal information
Full name Michael Jamie Clegg
Date of birth (1977-07-03) 3 July 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Ashton-under-Lyne, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Sunderland (coach)
Youth career
1993–1995 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2002 Manchester United 9 (0)
2000 Ipswich Town (loan) 3 (0)
2000 Wigan Athletic (loan) 6 (0)
2002–2004 Oldham Athletic 46 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Michael Jamie Clegg (born 3 July 1977) is an English former professional footballer who played as a football defender from 1995 to 2004.

He notably played in the Premier League for Manchester United and then moved on to play in the Football League for Ipswich Town, Wigan Athletic and Oldham Athletic.[1] He currently works as the strength and conditioning coach of Sunderland.

Playing career[edit]

Clegg, born in Ashton-under-Lyne,[2] began his football career as a trainee with Manchester United[3] and was part of the 1995 FA Youth Cup-winning side.[4][5] He turned professional soon afterwards,[3] and made his first-team debut on 23 November 1996, in the Premiership game away to Middlesbrough which finished as a 2–2 draw.[6] He played in four FA Premier League games in the 1996–97 season, and although United were champions for the fourth time in five seasons it was not enough for a title winner's medal. He managed a further three appearances in 1997–98 (when United were trophyless for only the second time in the decade) before making his final two appearances in the 1999–2000 campaign, when United won their sixth title in eight seasons, but once again Clegg failed to meet the required number of appearances for a title winner's medal. [1]

Clegg spent time on loan at Ipswich Town and Wigan Athletic[1] before he joined Division Two club Oldham Athletic on a free transfer on 19 February 2002.[3] In his first season Oldham qualified for the Division Two playoffs, but the club then went into administration and Clegg helped a heavily reshaped squad stay clear of relegation in his final season before retiring as a professional footballer at the age of 27.[7]

Coaching career[edit]

Clegg was appointed by Roy Keane as Sunderland's strength and conditioning coach in 2006.[8] Clegg's father, Mike, was strength and conditioning coach at Manchester United (2000-2011).[9]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Michael Clegg". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Michael Clegg Manchester United FC". Football Heroes. Sporting Heroes Collections. Retrieved 3 December. 
  3. ^ a b c "Off to Oldham". Manchester United F.C. 19 February 2002. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  4. ^ O'Keeffe, Brendan (12 May 1995). "Spurs youngsters have the edge". The Independent. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  5. ^ Hodgson, Guy (16 May 1995). "Cooke's spot success for United". The Independent. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Middlesbrough v Man Utd". 4thegame. Sportech. 23 November 1996. 
  7. ^ "Club History". Oldham Athletic A.F.C. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  8. ^ Rayner, Stuart (20 January 2007). "Cats are fighting fit – Keane" (reprint). The Journal (FindArticles). Retrieved 3 December 2009. [dead link]
  9. ^ Thompson, Gemma (7 July 2009). "Meet... Mike Clegg". Manchester United F.C. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 

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