Craig Brown CBE
CRAIG
BROWN CBE

Craig Brown CBE retired from football management with Aberdeen in April 2013.

Brown's coaching career began at Motherwell, where he worked as the assistant manager having seen his playing days ended prematurely by injury. As a player, Brown had won schoolboy, youth and junior international honours in his teenage years before signing for Rangers in 1959. He moved onto Dundee after three years at Ibrox and won a league championship medal in first season with the Dens Park club, where he stayed for six years. Craig's final move was to Falkirk, where he spent three successful seasons before calling time on his playing career after five operations on his knee.

After working with Motherwell, Craig became the part-time manager of Clyde, where he spent ten seasons - winning the Second Division championship in that time - whilst also working as a primary school head teacher then a lecturer in primary education at Craigie College.

Having been asked to join Scotland's coaching team for the 1986 World Cup by caretaker national boss Alex Ferguson, Craig was appointed as the full-time assistant national coach to Andy Roxburgh, who was named as the permanent successor to the late Jock Stein.

In 1989 Craig coached Scotland's Under-16s to the final of the world championship and three years later coached the under-21s to the semi-finals of the UEFA championship. He went on to replace Roxburgh in November as the manager of the full national team having been caretaker manager for two months, with responsibility for games against Italy and Malta.

Qualifying for Euro 96, the Scots managed to beat Switzerland at Villa Park in the tournament itself but were denied a place in the knockout stages by Patrick Kluivert's 'consolation' goal for Holland against England. Brown also took Scotland to the 1998 World Cup finals after a 2-0 win over Latvia at Celtic Park ensured their passage to France in 1997. Before the tournament, Craig signed a new contract which was due to take him up to April 2002, however Scotland failed to progress from the first stage at the French World Cup after losing 3-0 to Morocco however.

Craig Brown was awarded the CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 1999.

He was disappointed not to take his side to the finals of the Euro 2000 tournament having been drawn against Kevin Keegan's England side in a two-legged play off, despite beating the English at Wembley thanks to a solitary Don Hutchison goal. He continued in the post as attempted to take Scotland to the 2002 World Cup finals but resigned on October 6 2001 after failing to achieve this aim despite a 2-1 win over Latvia in the Scots' final qualifying match.

Craig then moved into a position at the Scottish Football Association in which he described himself as 'Scotland's Howard Wilkinson' and turned down an offer to become the national coach of Saudi Arabia.

Brown was then appointed as the manager of Preston North End on April 29 2002, succeeding s David Moyes in the post at Deepdale after accepting the opportunity to take up his first managerial position in English football at the age of 61.

Although he was proud to continue working for his country and helping to develop Scottish football and talent, Craig could not resist the opportunity to return to club football and embark on a career in the English game when approached by First Division club Preston, who had recently lost their manager - Brown's countryman, David Moyes - to Premiership side Everton.

In the job for two years, his career at the club ended, following a loss to Brighton on the 29th August 2004, when he was relieved of his duties. When his actual performance at Preston is analysed hemade a net profit of £1.5m in transfers, reduced the clubs wage bill, and brought Billy Davies (his successor) to the club – all in all good starting points for establishing the club for a Premier League push, and his work could have been viewed as unfinished, though we'll never really know.

With over 30 years worth of high level experience, and no plans to retire he kept himself in the public eye through his media commitments, and as with all managers, the game is in his blood and that translates as wanting to manage a team.

He then took charge of Motherwell in December 2009, initially in a caretaker capacity. Brown remained with the club unitl December 2010 before joining Aberdeen.

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