Mike Newell began his managerial career in November 2002, with Hartlepool United confirming Newell, as the new manager at Victoria Park.
The former Leicester, Everton and Blackburn striker's previous coaching experience was at Tranmere Rovers, where he was reserve team boss, and Doncaster Rovers, where he coached before accepting the post at Hartlepool.
Newell guided Hartlepool to success, as they finished runners-up in Division Three in May 2003, gaining an automatic promotion spot.
After Hartlepool, Newell became Luton Town's new manager on June 23, 2003. After taking his UEFA coaching badges, as well as completing an LMA endorsed Certificate of Applied Management at Warwick University in the summer of 2003, he hoped to use his brief experience at Hartlepool to good effect as he looked to take Luton forward.
This he did with aplomb - guiding the Hatters to The Coca Cola League One title, and promotion to the Coca Cola Championship - one step below the Premier League. The fact that he did it with a record points total, and a drive and passion that connected with all within the game, added to the achievement. He was rewarded by winning the Coca Cola Football League One Manager of the Year 2005.
Newell was then appointed manager of Grimsby Town on October 6, 2008.
He achieved early success at Blundell Park, helping to ensure their position in the Football League in the 2008/09 season, before Newell and Grimsby parted company in October 2009.
Newell's playing career began with his hometown club, playing for Liverpool juniors before moving to Crewe Alexandra, where he would return in the twilight of his career. He only made three appearances for Crewe during his first spell, but managed to secure a move to Wigan Athletic where he established himself as a professional. He signed for Luton in January 1986 and made 63 league appearances for The Hatters, scoring 18 goals before moving on to Leicester in September 1987.
After two seasons with The Foxes, the Liverpudlian returned to Merseyside to play for Everton, before making the move to Blackburn, where he helped take Kenny Dalglish's side into the Premier League and then to the title. He also set a new record in the Champions League the following season scoring the fastest ever hat-trick in the competition with his quick-fire ten-minute treble against Rosenborg.
In total Newell played over 500 league games for 14 clubs in a 19-year professional career that saw him compete at every level. After leaving Blackburn he signed for Birmingham then Aberdeen – after loan spells with West Ham and Bradford – then returned to England with Crewe and played out his career at Doncaster and finally Blackpool. He also played international football for England's under-21 and 'B' teams.