Former Football League player and manager joins Wayne Benn’s Ossett United staff

Former England under 21 player and Football League manager Mark Smith has joined Ossett United as first team coach.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 9:25 am
Updated Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 9:28 am
Mark Smith.

Smith has joined Wayne Benn’s backroom staff and will add valuable experience to the ranks after making 510 league appearances spread over a 17-year playing career for teams including Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley, Chesterfield and Huddersfield.

After a solid playing career Smith has continued to work in the game holding positions such as international youth director at Sheffield United, youth team coach at Chesterfield, U18 academy coach at Sheffield Wednesday and even one-time caretaker manager at Hillsborough after the departure of Chris Turner.

Currently he holds the position of loans manager at Sheffield United.

“Bringing in someone like Mark will set the tone from the very beginning of our new campaign,” said United manager Wayne Benn.

“The returning lads will be joining up with some new faces and Mark will be working to make sure a solid team bond is forged immediately.

“He has some great ideas and his CV speaks for itself. Very exciting to get to work.”