Craig Hignett


Where is Craig Hignett now?

A club legend at Middlesbrough, the former striker-cum-midfielder Craig Hignett retired from playing in 2007 after a brief spell with Hartlepool United.

He will always be held in high regard by the Middlesbrough fans because he took a pay cut in the 1997-98 season just so that he could stay at the club.

This was in contrast to the big money they were paying at the time to stars such as Emerson and Fabrizio Ravanelli.

His time at Middlesbrough had many ups and downs including two relegations, a First Division title and losses in both the FA Cup and League Cup finals in 1997.

He did however finally win some silverware as part of the Blackburn Rovers side that beat Tottenham Hotspur in the 2002 League Cup.

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Upon retiring from playing, Hignett started coaching at the Middlesbrough youth academy before joining up with his former Boro team mate Colin Cooper at Hartlepool United as his assistant manager.

Hignett was only in the role for a year before making a move back to Middlesbrough to work as assistant head coach to Aitor Karanka.

Unfortunately this was a short-lived role and he left in December 2014 by mutual consent after a fall out with Karanka.

Hignett revealed in an interview in 2017 that Karanka was very intense and a perfectionist and sometimes very hard to work with.

Hignett was back in professional football in February 2016 when he took on his first management role at League Two strugglers Hartlepool United.

Unable to turn around Hartlepool’s fortunes and after a run of poor results in the league, Hignett left the club by mutual consent in January 2017.

In April 2018, Hignett returned to Hartlepool as director of football after the club was taken over by Teeside business man Raj Singh.

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Craig Hignett: Premier League Statistics

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Premier League Teams Played forBlackburn Rovers, Leicester City Middlesbrough

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