Neil Woods was confirmed as Academy Manager at Grimsby Town in October 2016, after being dismissed from his position as the Head of Youth at Walsall from 2011-2016.
Woods was previously in charge of Grimsby Town. As a player, he played over 200 games for the Mariners and had been a coach with Grimsby since 2003, overseeing the youth team.
Woods, a holder of the UEFA A Licence, brought through a large number of players who went on to play for their first-team and won both the Midland Cup and Football League Youth Alliance Cup.
During that time, Grimsby also sold over £600,000 worth of talent that had come up through the ranks. Outside the Premier League they were the second most successful club in the country in bringing players through from the youth team to first-team.
After the departure of Mike Newell, Woods was in caretaker charge and earned three draws before being appointed manager on a permanent basis.
He was confirmed as manager of Grimsby Town on November 23, 2009. Neil's first victory for The Mariners was a 3-0 win over Shrewsbury Town at Blundell Park.
In 1998, Woods won promotion with Grimsby through the play-offs and during his playing career he also represented Doncaster Rovers, Rangers, Ipswich Town, Bradford City, Grimsby Town, Wigan Athletic, Scunthorpe United, Mansfield Town, York City, Southport and Gainsborough Trinity.