Tim Lees

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Tim Lees
Personal information
Full name Timothy Martin Lees
Date of birth (1986-01-24) 24 January 1986 (age 37)
Place of birth Billinge, Merseyside, England
Position(s) Midfielder
Team information
Current team
Bury F.C. (Assistant Manager)
Youth career
1996–1999 Everton
1999–2000 Bolton Wanderers
2006 Stalybridge Celtic 11 (2)
2007 Leek Town 12 (2)
2008–2009 Wingate & Finchley 61 (9)
2009 AFC Hayes 27 (6)
Managerial career
2008–2010 Watford (Coach)
2010–2013 Wigan Athletic (Coach)
2013–2015 Liverpool (Coach)
2015-2021 St Louis SC (Academy Director)
2021–2023 Warrington Rylands (Head Coach)

Timothy Martin Lees (born 24 January 1986) is an English football player and football coach. He is currently Assistant Manager of Bury F.C.


Club career

Lees signed schoolboy forms at Bolton Wanderers after being released by Everton Academy. [1] His recorded semi-professional clubs include Stalybridge Celtic, [2] [3] [4] Wingate & Finchley, AFC Hayes, [5] and Radcliffe Borough. [6]

Coaching career

Lees was employed as Technical Coach for Pepsi in 2007, working on global events with David Beckham, Thierry Henry and Ronaldinho. In 2008 he worked as Youth Development Phase Coach at England’s first full-time training model at Watford [1] FC Academy with 12-16 age groups. In 2010 he moved to Wigan Athletic as Youth Development Lead, under Roberto Martinez, before moving to Liverpool football club [7] in 2013 working alongside Michael Beale and Pepijn Lijnders. Lees became Academy Director at American professional club St Louis SC in 2015, overseeing the 7–23's youth structure and as First Team coach.

Lees was Head Coach at Warrington Rylands, owned by Paul Stretford, winning back-to-back promotions and the FA Vase at Wembley Stadium. In 2023 he was named as Assistant Manager to David Mcnabb at Bury FC the duo moving from Warrington Rylands.

Lees has published two coaching books and is co-owner of Soccer School UK International Camps.

Other career

Lees played for England semi-professional Budweiser team at the FIFA 2006 World Cup finals in Germany, selected and managed by Jamie Redknapp. [1] [8] He was later chosen to represent Great Britain in the Channel 4 2006 TV series The Pepsi Max World Challenge, chosen from a pool of 17,000 entrants and open to players not signed to professional football clubs. [1] The series had a $100,000 prize for the winning country and involved David Beckham, Ronaldinho, Thierry Henry, Carlos Puyol, Roberto Carlos and Alessandro Nesta. The show took place in Rio De Janeiro, Milan, London, Madrid and Cairo. Lees has directed several football commercials and advertisements.

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