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Graeme Lee



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Appointed on December 1st 2021, Graeme Lee is Hartlepool United’s manager. Previously a coach with Middlesbrough’s under-23s side, the former defender took over at the Suit Direct Stadium after Dave Challinor’s resignation.

As a player, Lee started his career with Pools, playing 225 league games and scoring 20 goals. He helped Pools to secure promotion to the Second Division in 2003, finishing as runners-up to Rushden & Diamonds. After leaving Pools, Lee linked up with former manager Chris Turner at Sheffield Wednesday. He also achieved promotion there, playing in defence as Wednesday defeated Pools in the 2005 League One Play-Off Final in Cardiff.

Following his time in Sheffield, Lee moved to Doncaster Rovers where he achieved promotion via the play-offs and won the Football League Trophy. During his time with Rovers, he returned to Pools on loan, playing three games in 2008. Further spells at Bradford, Notts County, Darlington, and Celtic Nation brought a curtain down on his playing career. Lee enjoyed these spells, becoming the Bradford captain for the 2008-09 season and winning the league with Notts County after signing just before the infamous Munto Finance takeover.

Following this vast playing career, Lee joined Middlesbrough as a coach and worked his way up to become the Professional Development Phase Coach, focused on developing players for Boro’s first team.