Martin Scott

Where Are They Now: Martin Scott

by Ashley Houghton

Former Black Cat busy on two fronts.

Martin Scott spent five years on Wearside before injury cut his career short back in 1999.

Scott played over 100 times for the Black Cats after making his debut in 1994 and he proved to be a key player in the early stages of his Sunderland career as the Black Cats successfully fought off relegation in his first campaign before winning the Division One championship in his second.

Unfortunately for Scott, he made only 22 league appearances in his final two years with Sunderland as a persistent ankle injury kept him on the treatment table.

And, though Scott was frustrated by the injuries he sustained, he says he holds fond memories of his time on Wearside.

“It was the best time of my career,” Scott told

“I spent six years at Sunderland and I was lucky enough to play at Roker Park and the Stadium of Light.

“It was amazing going to the Stadium, it was just a different level – you could always see the potential as we used to fill Roker regularly.

“Winning the championship was amazing, we were really emotional and it was a fantastic achievement.

“It was frustrating to have to retire at 30 as I felt I was at my peak but I was constantly fighting against injury.

“I had some fantastic times, though, and when I come back I’m always made welcome by the fans.”

Scott played under Peter Reid for the majority of his time with the Black Cats after joining from Bristol City in 1994.

And Scott says the group of players in Reid’s squad were ‘honest’ professionals who worked tirelessly to bring success to the club.

“There was a great work ethic in the group – a real tight-knit community,” he explained.

“There was no ‘superstars’ just a hard working group of players who played for each other and that is something you could see from the passion we played with.”

After his retirement, Scott acted quickly in staying in football and took on the role of youth team coach at Hartlepool United before eventually going on to manage Pools in an eight-month spell between 2005 and 2006.

“I quickly got back into the game,” Scott added.

“I was youth-team coach at Hartlepool, then reserve team coach and finally first-team manager before I was sacked.

“I had some good times at Hartlepool; we went through the playoffs and got some good results – I was there for about five-and-a-half years."

And despite an unsuccessful stint as boss at the Victoria Ground, Scott is still held in high regard as a coach, after spells with Bury and now Barnsley where he is first-team coach.

Scott also spent time as under-18’s coach at Middlesbrough, where he oversaw the development of Sunderland’s Adam Johnson.

“I was assistant manager at Bury for one season and then I went to Middlesbrough as the under-18 coach there.

“I enjoyed it at Boro; I had players like Adam Johnson in my team so I really enjoyed coaching the youngsters.”

Since his time with Middlesbrough, Scott has stayed in youth coaching with his work at the Improtech Academy at Houghton Kepier Sports College.

“Once I left Boro I set up my own company, Improtech Soccer, which is a football academy based in the north east that aims to improve the skills of young players aged 10-16.

“It’s going really well and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.”

Whilst managing the academy, Scott has been working with David Flitcroft at Barnsley in the Championship.

And Scott says his passion for the game drives him to be involved in professional and youth football.

“It’s a lot of travelling but I absolutely love it and the passion I have for football helps me enjoy both the academy and the work with Barnsley.”