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Mike is recognised for his contributions as both a former player and an accomplished manager.


Known for his no nonsense and driven playing style which he applied to football management, earning recognition for his adept dealings in the transfer market and the ability to attract top-tier talent.


In his playing career, Newell represented 13 clubs, amassing 530 league games and scoring 120 goals. Notably include being part of Blackburn Rovers' Premier League-winning team in 1995 and holding the record for the fastest hat-trick in the UEFA Champions League during the 1995–96 season.


Transitioning to management after his career, Mike served as the reserve team manager of Tranmere Rovers after retiring from playing in October 2001. He then took on managerial roles at Hartlepool United, Luton Town, and Grimsby Town. Particularly noteworthy is his success in leading Luton Town to the League One championship in 2004-2005 and securing a Championship promotion in the subsequent season.


During the 2008-2009 season, Newell faced the challenge of steering Grimsby Town away from relegation, showcasing his managerial acumen and resilience.


His managerial journey extended to clubs such as Wrexham, where he served as an assistant, and Waterford, where he took on the role of assistant to Kevin Sheedy in December 2020 until May 2021.


Mikes career is characterised by a wealth of experience, strategic insights, and an enduring passion for the sport. Beyond the pitch and the managerial dugout, Mike has consistently shown a genuine commitment to helping others succeed in the world of football.


Off the field, Mike has been known to engage with youth development programs, football academies, and community initiatives. His goal is not just to create successful players but to shape well-rounded individuals who embody the values of teamwork, discipline, and resilience.


His achievements are marked by a remarkable playing career and a managerial trajectory that reflects his commitment to success in the ever-evolving landscape of football where his desire is now focused on helping and supporting the next generation of professionals.

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