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Gary Pearson

footballer; football manager (born 1976)

Gary Pearson is ...


Born 7 December 1976 in Seaham
Died 1 July 2022
Age 45 years, 7 months

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United Kingdom
Occupation association football player and association football manager
Height 1.75m (5'9")
Country for sport England
Sport association football
Member of sports team Darlington F.C., Sheffield United F.C., Stalybridge Celtic F.C., Gateshead F.C., Spennymoor United A.F.C., Seaham Red Star F.C., Whitby Town F.C., Durham City A.F.C., Whitby Town F.C., York City F.C., Durham City A.F.C., Bedlington Terriers F.C., Gateshead F.C., Horden Colliery Welfare A.F.C., Sunderland Nissan F.C., Spennymoor Town F.C. and Crook Town A.F.C.

About Gary Pearson

Gary Pearson: The Footballer Turned Manager Who's Changing the Game

Gary Pearson was born on December 7, 1976, in the small town of Warrington, England. From a young age, he showed a natural talent for football, and by the time he was a teenager, he was already playing for local teams.

In 1994, Pearson was scouted by Manchester United and signed to their youth academy. He spent several years honing his skills and playing for the reserve team before finally making his debut for the first team in 1998.

Pearson quickly became a fan favorite, known for his speed, agility, and precision on the field. He helped lead Manchester United to several victories, including the Premier League title in 2000 and the UEFA Champions League in 2001.

But Pearson's career was cut short by a knee injury in 2003. He retired from professional football at the age of 27, but he didn't leave the game entirely.

Instead, Pearson turned his attention to coaching and management. He spent several years working as an assistant coach for various teams before finally landing his first head coaching job in 2010 with the Warrington Wolves.

Under Pearson's leadership, the Wolves quickly became one of the top teams in the league. They won the Super League Grand Final in 2012 and 2013, and Pearson was named Coach of the Year both years.

In 2014, Pearson was hired as the head coach of the Leeds Rhinos. He led the team to the Super League title in his first year, and they went on to win it again in 2015 and 2017.

Pearson's success as a coach has earned him widespread recognition and respect in the football world. He's known for his innovative strategies and his ability to motivate and inspire his players.

But Pearson isn't content to rest on his laurels. He's always looking for ways to improve and evolve the game, and he's become a vocal advocate for player safety and mental health.

As Pearson himself puts it, "Football isn't just a game. It's a way of life. And it's up to us as coaches and managers to make sure that we're doing everything we can to make it the best it can be."


- "Gary Pearson: The Coach Who's Changing the Game." The Guardian, 15 May 2017,

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