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Mark Christian Wotte (born 16 December 1960 in Enschede, Overijssel) is a football player and manager from the Netherlands. Wotte has managed teams in the Netherlands, Egypt, Qatar, England and Romania, and has also worked for the Scottish Football Association.

Mark Wotte
Personal information
Full name Mark Christian Wotte[1]
Date of birth (1960-12-16) 16 December 1960 (age 58)
Place of birth Enschede, Netherlands
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Sportclub Enschede
FC Twente
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1981 FC Vlaardingen 33 (4)
1981–1982 Feyenoord 4 (0)
1982–1983 FC Den Haag 32 (1)
1983–1986 SVV 69 (3)
Total 138 (8)
Teams managed
1983–1988 VV Rijswijk
1992 ADO Den Haag
1994–1996 FC Lisse
1996–1998 ADO Den Haag
1998–2000 FC Utrecht
2000–2000 FC Den Bosch
2000–2002 Netherlands U19+U-21
2002–2004 Willem II Tilburg
2006 Ismaily
2006–2007 RKC Waalwijk
2007–2008 Al Ahli Doha
2009 Southampton
2010 Universitatea Craiova
2010–2011 Ismaily
2011–2014 Scottish FA (performance director)
2015– Moroccan FA (coach national team U.23)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Playing careerEdit

Wotte played for Sportclub Enschede and FC Twente Academy, The Netherlands U.17's, and 1st Team Football for Feyenoord Rotterdam, FC Vlaardingen, FC Den Haag and SVV Schiedam in his native Netherlands.[2] Injuries ended his career in 1986.[2]

Coaching and management careerEdit

In 1996, he was named manager of ADO Den Haag, where he stayed for two seasons, before signing for FC Utrecht (1997–2000). He later worked for FC Den Bosch, Willem II Tilburg, the Royal Dutch Football Association, Feyenoord Rotterdam (technical director), and Ismaily SC in Egypt. He left Ismaily SC on 16 December 2006 due to family reasons, to return to the Netherlands to coach RKC Waalwijk before moving to Qatar to manage Al Ahli.


Having initially been linked with Southampton in 2005,[3] Wotte joined the club as part of the new management team in 2008, with particular responsibility for the development of Southampton's youth squad. He was appointed manager on 23 January 2009, replacing Jan Poortvliet.[4][5] Southampton drew 2–2 against Norwich City in his first game in charge.[6]

Defeats against Sheffield United and Bristol City left the Saints in relegation trouble. Wins against Preston North End, Cardiff City and Ipswich Town gave Southampton hope, but the club went into administration, due to financial problems. The resulting ten-points deduction confirmed their relegation to League One. Wotte left the club after it was taken over by Markus Liebherr in the summer of 2009.[7]

Universitatea CraiovaEdit

Wotte signed a one and a half year contract with Romania's Liga I team Universitatea Craiova on 7 January 2010. He led the team on a good run, which contained victories against Rapid București, Vaslui, Poli Iași, Brașov and Astra Ploiești. However, after losing two home games he was suspended on 10 May 2010 for 30 days, despite the team being 4 points clear from the relegation places. Following the suspension, Wotte got in a conflict with the Craiova's owner and left the club.


Wotte returned to Egyptian club Ismaily in June 2010. He coached his first competitive game on 18 July, in a game against Algerian side JS Kabylie in the 2010 CAF Champions League. After the public uproar in Egypt early 2011 causing temporarily postponing of The Egyptian League Wotte stayed until April managing the team before returning to the Netherlands.

Scottish FAEdit

Wotte was named as the first Performance Director of the Scottish Football Association (SFA) on 23 June 2011.[7] Wotte left the SFA in October 2014, having implemented most of the recommendations of a review conducted by Henry McLeish.[8][9]

Morocco FAEdit

On 1 December 2015, Wotte joined the Royal Moroccan Football Federation. He will work as the football federation's performance director. He signed a five-year contract until 2020. He will work with teams u17, u20 and eventually the Olympic Team. [10]

In July 2017, he won the football tournament at the 2017 Francophone Games in Abidjan with the Morocco U20 team.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Cote d'Ivoire - Maroc" (PDF). 30 July 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Profile – Mark Wotte". 21 December 2005.
  3. ^ "Wotte 'set for switch to Saints'". BBC Sport. 21 December 2005.
  4. ^ "Poortvliet resigns as Saints boss". BBC Sport. 23 January 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Chairman's statement". 23 January 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2009.
  6. ^ "Norwich 2–2 Southampton". BBC Sport. 27 January 2009.
  7. ^ a b "Mark Wotte is Scotland's first performance director". BBC Sport. BBC. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  8. ^ Mark Wotte moves on from Scottish FA, Scottish Football Association Archived 18 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Scotland: Mark Wotte quits as SFA performance director, BBC Sport
  10. ^ "Morocco snap up Dutchman Wotte". Retrieved 1 August 2017.

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