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Mark Venus (born 6 April 1967) is an English football coach and former player. He currently works as assistant head coach of Blackburn Rovers. As a player, he spent the majority of his career with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Ipswich Town. As a coach, he has served as an assistant manager to Tony Mowbray at Hibernian, West Bromwich Albion, Celtic and Middlesbrough.

Mark Venus
Personal information
Date of birth (1967-04-06) 6 April 1967 (age 52)
Place of birth Hartlepool, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Blackburn Rovers
(assistant manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985 Hartlepool United 4 (0)
1985–1988 Leicester City 61 (1)
1988–1997 Wolverhampton Wanderers 287 (7)
1997–2003 Ipswich Town 148 (16)
2003–2004 Cambridge United 21 (0)
2004Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 5 (0)
2004 Hibernian 0 (0)
Total 526 (24)
Teams managed
2006 Hibernian (caretaker)
2013 Middlesbrough (caretaker)
2016 Coventry City (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

His career started with his hometown team of Hartlepool United where he signed as a youngster in 1985. After a stay at Leicester City, he signed in 1987 for Wolverhampton Wanderers. Over nearly a decade at Molineux, Venus was an integral part of the club's resurrection after bankruptcy. Playing left back and, occasionally in his preferred position of central defence, Venus helped Wolves to Divisions Four and Three championships.

He joined Ipswich Town in 1997 after being exchanged for Steve Sedgley. With Ipswich Town he won the 1999–2000 First Division play-offs, and then finished 5th in the Premier League, qualifying for the UEFA Cup. Ipswich were relegated in 2001–02, but Venus picked up the club's Player of the Year award. He was given a free transfer by Ipswich Town manager Joe Royle at the end of 2002–03.

Whilst playing for Cambridge United in 2003–04, he fell out with the club and played the rest of that season on loan to Dagenham & Redbridge.

Coaching careerEdit

Venus was hired as Hibernian assistant manager by his former Ipswich Town teammate Tony Mowbray in 2004.[1] Venus also registered as a player for Hibs, but played in only one match before ending his playing career. He returned to the West Midlands in October 2006 by following Mowbray to West Bromwich Albion.[1] Their first game in charge was a Black Country derby against Wolves, where Venus had spent the bulk of his playing career.

Venus was appointed Celtic assistant manager on 16 June 2009, again following Mowbray.[1][2] After Mowbray was sacked as Celtic manager in March 2010, Venus and Peter Grant also left the club.

Venus was appointed assistant manager of Middlesbrough on 26 October 2010, working again with Mowbray.[3] After Mowbray was sacked by Middlesbrough in October 2013, Venus was made caretaker manager.[4] Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson commented that Venus was on the shortlist of candidates to be the next permanent manager.[4] On 25 October he led Middlesbrough to a 4-0 win over Doncaster Rovers.[5] Mark Venus' tenure as caretaker manager came to an end on 13 November when Aitor Karanka was appointed as the new Middlesbrough head coach.[6]

Venus joined Coventry City in June 2015 as technical director.[7] After the resignation of Tony Mowbray on 29 September 2016 he was made caretaker manager.[8][9]

Personal lifeEdit

Two medals awarded to Venus were stolen during a break-in at his house in the Morningside area of Edinburgh on 29 December 2010.[10]

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of match played 15 December 2016
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Hibernian (caretaker) Scotland 13 October 2006 16 October 2006 1 0 1 0 2 2 +0 000.00 [11]
Middlesbrough (caretaker) England 21 October 2013 13 November 2013 3 1 1 1 6 3 +3 033.33 [12]
Coventry City (caretaker) England 29 September 2016 21 December 2016 18 8 2 8 24 27 −3 044.44 [13]
Total 22 9 4 9 32 32 +0 040.91



  1. ^ a b c Wilson, Mark (17 June 2009). "Mark is from Venus, Tony is from Mars but together they are quite a partnership". Daily Mail. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 June 2009. Retrieved 16 June 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Mowbray Is New Boro Manager". Middlesbrough F.C. official website. Retrieved 26 October 2010.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Steve Gibson: Mark Venus on Middlesbrough manager shortlist". BBC Sport. BBC. 25 October 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
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  6. ^ "Aitor Karanka: Middlesbrough name ex-Real Madrid man as boss". BBC News. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  7. ^ Connoll, Nick. "Coventry City FC Staff Profiles". Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Tony Mowbray: Coventry City manager resigns after 18 months in charge". BBC Sport. 29 September 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Mark Venus: Coventry City caretaker boss says no time limit to finding the right man". BBC Sport. 5 October 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Former footballer Mark Venus has medals stolen". BBC News. 2 January 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2011.
  11. ^ "Mark Venus manager details". Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  12. ^ "2013–14 Middlesbrough Results". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  13. ^ "2016–17 Coventry City Fixtures and Results". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  14. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (1999). The 1999–2000 Official PFA Footballers Factfile. Harpenden: Queen Anne Press. p. 352. ISBN 978-1-85291-607-7.

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