Date of birth
Matthew Bates was appointed as the new First Team Manager at Hartlepool United in May 2018 following a successful stint as caretaker boss at the end of the 2017/18 season.
With the Club struggling for form and being sucked towards relegation trouble, Bates stepped up to lead the team to National League safety by achieving five crucial wins during the run-in.
He was rewarded for that performance with the offer of the job on a permanent basis following Raj Singh’s successful takeover at Victoria Park.
Bates had previously worked under Craig Harrison as First Team Coach as a part of a staff reshuffle upon relegation from the EFL in 2017 but stepped up to take temporary charge in February 2018.
Middlesbrough-born Bates began his career as a youngster with Manchester United before joining his hometown club and forming part of their successful FA Youth Cup campaign of 2003/04.
He went on to make his senior debut for The Teessiders in December 2004 but made his real breakthrough the following season when he partnered Gareth Southgate in the heart of the Boro defence.
Injury was to have a major impact throughout his career and his first setback arrived whilst on loan at Ipswich Town when he suffered a cruciate ligament rupture which kept him on the sidelines until the start of 2008.
Another serious knee injury and further surgery curtailed his progress but upon Middlesbrough’s relegation from the top flight he ignored interest from elsewhere to sign a new deal.
However, injury struck him down again when he suffered another cruciate ligament tear and it wasn’t until 2010/11 that he re-established himself in the Boro ranks under Tony Mowbray who installed him as skipper at The Riverside.
Bates suffered a fifth serious knee injury in March 2012 which kept him on the sidelines for six months and when he returned to fitness a short-term deal at Bristol City was agreed.
Following his release from Ashton Gate he spent time training with Pools before opting for a move to Bradford City though he did end up joining Pools as a player in the summer of 2014 under Colin Cooper.
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 before reprising that role with greater success at the end of last term.