In June 1987, he transferred to Lincoln City for £17,500, with whom he won the Vauxhall Conference League, scoring 8 goals in his 15 appearances for the 'Red Imps' that season. He made no league appearances for Lincoln in the 1988-89 season, but the following season scored 1 in 8 appearances, one of which was as a substitute. A broken leg ended his League career. He joined Ilkeston Town in 1990.
Also in this year, whilst playing in Hong Kong for Lai Sun, Mick visited his sister, Julie (pictured left) in Wellington...and after a few chance meetings this led to him signing for Napier City Rovers. He scored 8 goals in 14 National League appearances.
He returned to the UK, joining Spalding United in December 1990, Nuneaton Borough in January 1991 and Grantham two months later. He moved on to join Gedling Town and then Ilkeston Town before emigrating permanently to New Zealand in January 1992. In the 1992 campaign ,for Napier, he scored 4 goals in 21 matches, and also found the net once in 2 Chatham Cup ties. By this time Mick had been appointed Assistant Coach at Napier, and he was appointed Coach of the Club at the end of that season.
Since then these are Mick's excellent achievements:
1993 National League Champions, Chatham Cup Winners
1994 National League Runners-up, Chatham Cup Quarter Finals
1996 Chatham Cup Semi-Finals
1996-7 National League Runners-up
1997-8 National League Champions
On a personal level, Mick was named New Zealand Soccer Media Association Coach of the Year in 1993, 1997 and 1998. In 1998 he was appointed Assistant Coach of the 'All-Whites'. Then he became Coach of the 'Junior All-Whites' in 2001. Now he has New Zealand Football's top job. His first big matches will be in the Oceania Nations Cup tournament, in Auckland in July of 2002.
Oceania Nations Cup 2002
Friday 5th July:
Papua New Guinea 0 Solomon Islands 0, New Zealand 4 Tahiti 0
Saturday 6th July:
New Caledonia 1 Fiji 2, Australia 2 Vanuatu 0
Sunday 7th July:
Solomon Islands 2 Tahiti 3, New Zealand 9 Papua New Guinea 1
Monday 8th July:
Fiji 0 Vanuatu 1, Australia 11 New Caledonia 0
Tuesday 9th July:
Tahiti 3 Papua New Guinea 1, New Zealand 6 Solomon Islands 1
Wednesday 10th July:
Vanuatu 1 New Caledonia 0, Australia 8 Fiji 0
Friday 12th July:
Australia 2 Tahiti 1, New Zealand 3 Vanuatu 0
Sunday 14th July:
3rd/4th Place Playoff:
Tahiti 1 Vanuatu 0
Monday 15th July:
Oceania Nations Cup Final:
NEW ZEALAND 1 (Ryan Nelsen 78') AUSTRALIA 0
New Zealand: Jason Batty (James Bannatyne 58'), Duncan Oughton, Chris Zoricich, Ryan Nelsen, Gerard Davies, Chris Jackson, Simon Elliott, Ivan Vicelich, Mark Burton, Chris Killen, Aaron Lines. Australia: Jason Petkovic, Mehmed Durakovic, Steve Horvat, Patrick Kisnorbo, Jade North (Tom Pondeljak 82'), Angelo Costanzo, Ante Juric, Scott Chipperfield, Fausto De Amicis (Robert Middleby 82'), Damian Mori, Joel Porter (Bobby Despotovski 73'). Referee: Charles Ariiotima (Tahiti). Coaches: New Zealand: Mick Waitt (England). Australia: Frank Farina. Cards: New Zealand: Ivan Vicelich [Y 19'], Chris Jackson [Y 40'], Chris Zoricich [Y 63'], Aaron Lines [Y 81']. Australia: Scott Chipperfield [Y 37'], Fausto De Amicis [Y 69']. Note: Some sources claim the attendance was 6000 (2 666 paying spectators; free entry for minors).
Match Report By Robert Wagman (SoccerTimes)
Two Major League Soccer players combined for what some called the most important goal in New Zealand soccer history. D.C United defender Ryan Nelsen put away a free kick from the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Simon Elliot in the 79th minute to give New Zealand a 1-0 triumph over the heavily fancied Australia for the Oceania Nations Cup title at Ericsson Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand now advance to the Confederations Cup, to be held in France next year, with its minimum $1.3million appearance fee. Both goalkeepers did well to keep the game goalless with Australia getting the better of the action, particularly in the first half. After a clumsy foul by Australia in the 78th minute, Elliot sent a precise direct kick to the far post, inside the six-yard box, for anunmarked Nelsen who connected perfectly with his first touch for the 1-0 lead. "It was a perfect ball," Nelsen said. "There would be a few questions asked if I had missed it. I knew it was going to go in. The guy marking me just drifted off and you can't do that at this level. Thats the biggest goal I have scored in my career. Just to get a 1-0 win overAustralia is tremendous, but who cares who got the goal."
New Zealand Coach Mick Waitt called it fitting that the big goal was scored by Nelsen,the All Whites' captain. "He's a fantastic player," Waitt said. "He and Simon Elliot have so much quality."
A statement from the Board of New Zealand Soccer has today, July 19th 2002, offered Mick Waitt the job of leading the 'All Whites' through until the end of the 2006 World Cup campaign.
2004: Mick is no longer the All Whites manager, his tenure ended after their exit from World Cup qualifying last year. However he now manages Team Wellington in the new New Zealand Football Championship. They had a miserable first season, but a strong second one and he has recently been re-appointed for a third.
He also has a fantastic track record with young players, with the TW youth side cleaning up four of the last five (I think) National Youth League titles in NZ. Mick is also Director of Coaching at Capital Soccer in Wellington, New Zealand.
2011: Mick now works for the New Zealand Police force. He is a test analyst for the in their Radio Dept. He is just about to get involved with football again after a few years off. He has agreed to take the top coaching job with Wellington Olympic AFC who play in the Central Premier League