Colin Cooper

Where is Colin Cooper now?

After a long career at the centre of defence, Colin Cooper retired at the age of 39 whilst still playing in the Premier League for Middlesbrough in 2006.

Playing for 22 years, he ended his playing days having made nearly 700 first team appearances for just four teams winning two promotions and the League Cup with Middlesbrough and two promotions with Nottingham Forest.

He also represented the England national side on two occasions in 1995.
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Upon retiring he stayed on at Boro as reserve team coach before moving up to work with Gareth Southgate and the first team as a coach before another promotion to assistant manager in 2009.

When Southgate left, Cooper was briefly appointed caretaker manager before Gordon Strachan was appointed as manager but left the club in 2010 after the Scot brought in his own backroom staff.

In 2011 he was appointed assistant manager to Peter Jackson at Bradford City before leaving after six months to return to Middlesbrough as coach of their under-18’s side.

In May 2013 Cooper left Boro to take the vacant manager’s job at Hartlepool United but after a string of bad results and with his team at the bottom of League Two, he resigned in October 2014.

In April 2016, he made a return to coaching when he was appointed by the English FA as one of their new “out of position”, coaches working with the England under 21’s side.

Promoted to assistant manager when Aidy Boothroyd took over from Gareth Southgate, the pair enjoyed a successful 2017 Euro Championships where their side were unlucky to get knocked out by eventual winners Germany on penalties in the semi final.

He left the international setup in October 2018 and had a year out of the game before joining the Chinese FA in his current role as technical director and advisor.

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