Mark Dempsey (English footballer)

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Mark Dempsey
Personal information
Full nameMark James Dempsey
Date of birth (1964-01-14) 14 January 1964 (age 57)
Place of birth Crumpsall, Manchester, England
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1980–1982 Manchester United
Senior career*
1982–1986 Manchester United 1 (0)
1985Swindon Town (loan) 5 (0)
1986–1988 Sheffield United 63 (8)
1988Chesterfield (loan) 3 (0)
1988–1991 Rotherham United 75 (7)
1991–1994 Macclesfield Town 54 (2)
Teams managed
2010–2014 Molde (assistant)
2014 Cardiff City (assistant)
2015 Haugesund (assistant)
2016 Haugesund
2016 Djurgården
2017 Molde (assistant)
2017–2018 Start
2018 Kongsvinger
2018– Manchester United (first team coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mark James Dempsey (born 14 January 1964) [1] is an English football former player who works as a head of development (academy) at Manchester United.


Dempsey was born in Moston, Manchester.[ citation needed ] He played as a midfielder in The Football League for Manchester United, Swindon Town, Sheffield United, Chesterfield and Rotherham United, and in Non-League football for Macclesfield Town. [2] He was a youth coach with Manchester United before moving to Norway. [3] He has six children, two of them adopted. [4]

Managerial career

In February 2009, he took up a post in youth development with Tromsø IL and the Northern Norway region. [5] On 9 November 2010, Dempsey joined Molde as part of new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær's backroom staff. [6] He followed Solskjær to Cardiff City in January 2014 as part of a new-look backroom staff after the sacking of Malky Mackay. [7]


In 2016, Dempsey was FK Haugesund's manager after taking over from Jostein Grindhaug after the 2015 season. Dempsey resigned as manager of Haugesund on 14 July 2016. [8]


In August 2016, Dempsey became manager of Swedish top-flight side Djurgården. [9]

Molde return

On 29 December 2016, Molde announced that Dempsey had returned to the club as an assistant manager, working alongside Erling Moe, on a 2 12-year contract. [10]


On 1 December 2017, Dempsey was appointed manager of Start [11] On 18 May 2018, Dempsey got sacked by Start due to poor results. [12]


Dempsey was announced as the new manager of Norwegian 2nd tier club Kongsvinger on 11 June 2018. [13]

Manchester United

Dempsey rejoined Manchester United after the departure of José Mourinho in December 2018 as part of caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær's coaching staff, taking on the role of a technical coach. In 2019 whilst Manchester United were on their pre-season tour of Australia Dempsey was struck ill and was admitted to hospital. He was subsequently off work for the next couple of months before returning to his role in December 2019.

Managerial statistics

As of match played 11 November 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Haugesund 1 January 201614 July 2016191054052.6
Djurgården 3 August 20166 November 201614914064.3
Start 1 December 201718 May 201810118010.0
Kongsvinger 12 July 201813 November 201815645040.0

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