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Jonathan Woodgate

Position:
First Team
Date of birth:
22nd January 1980
Nationality:
English

Jonathan Woodgate played at the highest level as a player and also has experience in management in the Championship since transitioning into coaching.

While born in North Yorkshire, Woodgate began his senior playing career as a central defender in West Yorkshire with Leeds United in the late nineties, playing over a century of games for the club and earning his first call-up to the England squad, whom he would earn eight caps for.

A member of the Leeds squad that reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2001, Woodgate switched to Newcastle United for a reported initial fee of £9m in 2003, impressing to the extent that 18 months later he was signed by Real Madrid.

Injuries were a consistent theme in Woodgate's playing career and he was unable to compete during his first season in La Liga was restricted to just 14 appearances for the Spanish giants during his two seasons with the club.

Returning to the UK with hometown club Middlesbrough, signing permanently following a loan spell. The defender would earn an England recall before switching to Tottenham in January 2008, winning man of the match and scoring the winner as Spurs a month later as the side won the League Cup with an extra time win over Chelsea.

Woodgate's latter career took in a spell with Stoke City and four years back with Boro, before he hung up his boots at the end of the 2015/16 campaign at the age of 35.

Before starting his coaching career, Woodgate worked within Liverpool's European recruitment department with a focus on Portugal and Spain, then offered the chance to take over as assistant manager to caretaker Steve Agnew at Middlesbrough in March 2017.

After Garry Monk came in as the club's permanent manager, Woodgate moved to a role in the club's academy, before stepping back up to his previous role under new appointment Tony Pulis.

Woodgate was then appointed Boro's permanent manager in the summer of 2019, leading the side in the Championship until June of 2020.

He joined AFC Bournemouth as senor first team coach in February 2021, soon taking over as caretaker manager before being confirmed as the club's head coach until the end of the campaign.

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