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Matthew Bates

First Team Coach



Date of birth




Matthew Bates was appointed as First Team Coach as part of a reshuffle of backroom staff under new boss Craig Harrison in the summer of 2017.

Having joined the Club as a player from Bradford City in 2014, Bates has long held an ambition to move in to the coaching side and had a two-game spell in caretaker charge of the First Team at the end of 2016/17 following the departure of Dave Jones.

The former Middlesbrough defender remains on a playing contract with Pools but will concentrate his efforts on his work alongside Harrison with the First Team while his duties also extend to looking after the Club’s Reserve Team.

He is currently looking to study towards his UEFA A Licence at the same time as gaining valuable hands-on experience as part of Pools backroom staff.