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Marske appoint ex-Hartlepool, Sheff Wed, Doncaster, Bradford, Notts County, Darlington player

Marske United appoint ex-Hartlepool, Sheff Wed, Doncaster, Bradford, Notts County, Darlington player Graeme Lee as their new manager.

The 44 year old is a former player who played as a defender, much of it in the EFL, but these days finds himself manager at non league level.

Lee has won the EFL Trophy with Doncaster Rovers, and helped both Hartlepool United and Sheffield Wednesday to promotion in the mid-2000s.


Marske United are delighted to announce the appointment of Graeme Lee as our new First Team Manager.

The club would like to welcome Graeme to Mount Pleasant. He will be tasked with overseeing first team affairs, with preparations already underway for the 2023/24 season where the Seasiders are set for a second successive campaign in the Northern Premier League โ€“ Premier Division.

Graeme brings a wealth of football experience having played professionally for Hartlepool United, Sheffield Wednesday and Doncaster Rovers, during which time he achieved numerous promotions at those clubs .

Graeme coached at Middlesbrough FC’s academy for over a decade, leading the U23 team in his final role before taking charge of Hartlepool United in the 2021/22 League 2 season. While in charge he guided Pools to a solid mid table finish, a fourth round FA Cup encounter against Crystal Palace and also reached the EFL Trophy Semi Final in the same season.

โ€œI am excited โ€œ said Graeme.

โ€œI have had a bit of time off the football scene since leaving Hartlepool, time with the family, time to reflect, but Iโ€™ve had chats with Mark (Harkin) and Craig (Gibbin) at the club.

โ€œIt just excites me to get back involved in football at club where they want to be part of the community, come forward, and I want to be part of something like that.โ€

Joining Graeme is Marske United fan favourite and ex Pools player Ian Clark who returns as First Team Assistant Manager alongside Nick Ward who continues at the club to complete the management team.

These progressive appointments will allow the club to build upon the solid foundations provided over recent years and also enable a further sustainable step forward with the Seasiders set to benefit from having a football league calibre manager at the helm with an extensive knowledge of the professional and local football scene.

Speaking about the appointment, Marske United CEO Craig Gibbin said: “This is a great appointment for the club and one that shows our intent.

“From our first meeting with Graeme, we made him our number one target, knowing his background and his experience it goes without saying he has all the credentials, but now knowing the person he is, we are sure he’s the right fit for the club.

“How he’s conducted himself is a credit to him and his family and personally I can’t wait to get working with him and am excited to see where this journey will take us.”

Supporters can watch Graeme’s first interview in full here.


*Club domestic league appearances and goals
1995โ€“2003 – Hartlepool United – 225 games (20 goals)
2003โ€“2006 – Sheffield Wednesday – 78 games(5 goals)
2006โ€“2008 – Doncaster Rovers – 60 games (5 goals)
2008 โ†’ Hartlepool United (loan) – 3 games (0 goals)
2008 โ†’ Shrewsbury Town (loan) – 5 games (0 goals)
2008โ€“2009 – Bradford City – 44 games (2 goals)
2009โ€“2011 – Notts County – 50 games (4 goals)
2011โ€“2012 – Darlington – 24 games (1 goal)
2012โ€“2013 – Celtic Nation

Managerial career
2021โ€“2022 – Hartlepool United – P33 W10 D12 L11 30.3 win %
2023โ€“ Marske United


Hartlepool United
Third Division runner-up: 2002โ€“03

Sheffield Wednesday
League One play-offs: 2005

Doncaster Rovers
League One play-offs: 2008
Football League Trophy: 2006โ€“07

Notts County
League Two: 2009โ€“10

PFA Team of the Year: 2002โ€“03 Third Division
Hartlepool United Player of the Year: 2001โ€“02

Here’s what fans said as Marske appoint the ex-Hartlepool, Sheff Wed, Doncaster, Bradford, Notts County, Darlington player as their new boss…

@ste_pippen: Great appointment, looking forward to pre-season already. Great to see @Clarky74 & @lordward01 as part of the set up also ๐ŸŸก๐Ÿ”ต

@StanisStan: This is a great appointment. I’m excited for next season.

@TwoBlues79: Should never have been let go by the Pools. Great appointment and wish you all the best.@Anthony74022632 as assistant? ๐Ÿ˜‰

@ReeceLee2002: Get in there ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป

@rayner1986: Great Appointment that ๐Ÿ‘

@Ashton27_: What an appointment ๐Ÿ˜

@TinShedTitans: Exciting appointment. Onwards and upwards ๐ŸŸก๐Ÿ”ต

@davetait1981: Thatโ€™s an absolutely superb appointment, really delighted at that, really exiting times ahead. Welcome and good luck.

@w_procter18: All the best @5spike ๐Ÿ”ตโšช๏ธ

@CoreyUTB: What an appointment that is

@hartingib: Fantastic appointment for my other MUFC – now weโ€™re cooking! ๐ŸŸก๐Ÿ”ต

@andrewstevo39: Wow ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป best of luck Spike.. top man ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

@KianCooper22: Class appointment good look to you and the lads

@CScollett: Great choice this time guys ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

@Hollis79N: Great appointment ๐Ÿ‘

@baggyduf: Great signing all the best Spike ๐Ÿ’ชโšฝ๏ธ

@Shakyshakes1980: Good luck Graeme – wishing you all the best ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

@millski8: Great appointment should of still been at Hartlepool-good luck mate โšฝ๏ธ

@JackgHUFC: brilliant this, all the best @5spike

@1908CG: brilliant appointment this, all the best @5spike

@GraemeBandeira: Brilliant signing! You only have to look at the state of Pools now

@jimmylees: Wow. What an appointment ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

@connor06650159: Great appointment for youse im sure he can get your club going and can build a great relationship with the fans good luck @5spike

@Dannygall81: ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ good luck spike

@DavidWayneBoyes: Wow! What a coup that is ๐Ÿ‘ #UTM ๐ŸŸก๐Ÿ”ต๐ŸŸก

@danielhufc: Hms piss the league for them then

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