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Iain Jenkins is an English
England
England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west; the Irish Sea is to the north west, the Celtic Sea to the south west, with the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south separating it from continental...

-born former footballer who represented Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland national football team
The Northern Ireland national football team represents Northern Ireland in international association football. Before 1921 all of Ireland was represented by a single side, the Ireland national football team, organised by the Irish Football Association...

 at international level. He is the former assistant manager of St. Mirren
St. Mirren F.C.
St Mirren Football Club are a Scottish professional football club based in Paisley, Renfrewshire who play in the Scottish Premier League, having been promoted from the First Division in 2005–06.St...


Playing career


Born in Whiston
Whiston, Merseyside
Whiston is a large village and civil parish within the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley on Merseyside, England. At the 2001 Census the population was recorded as 13,629...

 (then in Lancashire
Lancashire
Lancashire is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in the North West of England. It takes its name from the city of Lancaster, and is sometimes known as the County of Lancaster. Although Lancaster is still considered to be the county town, Lancashire County Council is based in Preston...

, but now part of Merseyside
Merseyside
Merseyside is a metropolitan county in North West England, with a population of 1,365,900. It encompasses the metropolitan area centred on both banks of the lower reaches of the Mersey Estuary, and comprises five metropolitan boroughs: Knowsley, St Helens, Sefton, Wirral, and the city of Liverpool...

), Jenkins began his career with Everton
Everton F.C.
Everton Football Club are an English professional association football club from the city of Liverpool. The club competes in the Premier League, the highest level of English football...

 and made five league appearances for the Toffees. After a short loan spell at Bradford City
Bradford City A.F.C.
Bradford City Association Football Club is an English association football club based in Bradford, West Yorkshire, playing in League Two....

, Jenkins moved to Chester City
Chester City F.C.
Chester City Football Club was an English football team from Chester. The club was founded as Chester F.C., and joined the Football League in 1931, spending most of their time in the lower divisions. They changed their name to Chester City in 1983. Chester won their first league title in 2004, the...

, where he would stay with the Blues five years. He recovered from a car accident in November 1995 to play again within five months and went on to often captain the side before leaving for Dundee United in March 1998. By this point, Jenkins was part of the Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is one of the four countries of the United Kingdom. Situated in the north-east of the island of Ireland, it shares a border with the Republic of Ireland to the south and west...

 squad – making him Chester's first full international since Andy Holden
Andy Holden
Andy Holden is a Welsh former football player. He had playing careers at Chester City, Wigan and Oldham Athletic and is the long-serving reserve team manager at Everton...

 more than a decade earlier.

Injuries restricted Jenkins to just 14 league appearances in two years for Dundee United. Following his release from United in 2000, Jenkins moved south to Shrewsbury Town
Shrewsbury Town F.C.
Shrewsbury Town Football Club is an English Association football club based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, who play in League Two, the fourth tier of English football. The club was formed in 1886 and has played in all the bottom three divisions in various guises since being elected into the Football...

 and then back to Chester City
Chester City F.C.
Chester City Football Club was an English football team from Chester. The club was founded as Chester F.C., and joined the Football League in 1931, spending most of their time in the lower divisions. They changed their name to Chester City in 1983. Chester won their first league title in 2004, the...

, where he ended his playing career with a handful of appearances.

Coaching and management


Following his retirement, Jenkins became Chester youth coach, before moving to Scottish Junior Football Eastern Region North Division
Scottish Junior Football Eastern Region North Division
The Scottish Junior Football East Region North Division is a third-tier division of the East Region of the Scottish Junior Football Association.The league came into existence in time for the 2006–07 season, replacing the older regional setup ....

 side Broughty Athletic
Broughty Athletic F.C.
Broughty Athletic F.C. is a Scottish football club based in Broughty Ferry, a suburb of the city of Dundee. Members of the Scottish Junior Football Association, they currently play in the East Region Premier League....

 in 2004. After a year there as coach, he became assistant manager at Dundee North End in June 2005, before becoming manager in June 2006. Shortly after leaving his post in May 2008, Jenkins was appointed manager of Tayport, leaving in August 2009 to become assistant manager at Cowdenbeath
Cowdenbeath F.C.
Cowdenbeath Football Club are a professional Scottish football team based in the town of Cowdenbeath, Fife. They currently play in the Second Division of the Scottish Football League. The club plays its home games at Central Park in the centre of the town which has the unusual feature of a motor...

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It was announced on 11 June 2010 that Jenkins had followed Danny Lennon
Danny Lennon
Danny Lennon is a former association football player and current manager of Scottish Premier League club St. Mirren. Lennon played internationally for the Northern Ireland B national football team.-Club career:...

 to St Mirren as his Assistant Manager; he left the club amicably in July 2011. Jenkins announced in September that he was in the running to take up the Manager's Vacancy at Scottish Third Division side Peterhead
Peterhead F.C.
Peterhead F.C. are a football club based in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. They currently play in the Scottish Football League Third Division, following promotion in the 2004–05 season.Their home ground is Balmoor in Peterhead, with a capacity of 4,000...

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