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MARK
MCGHEE

Mark McGhee was appointed as the assistant manager of the Scottish national team on January 18, 2013.

After a successful playing career, McGhee took sound advice from Sir Alex Ferguson before taking the managerial plunge with Reading in 1991, where he enjoyed a boon period with the Royals, securing the Division Two title in his final season with the club.

From there, McGhee spent a brief spell in charge of Leicester City before moving across the Midlands to take over the helm at Wolves in 1995. However, McGhee failed to guide the club back into the top flight and satisfy the hunger of the Molineux faithful, and left the club in November 1998 to be replaced by Colin Lee.

McGhee then spent time as a television pundit before being enticed back into management by Millwall in September 2000, where he was handed the task of attempting to restore the club to Division One.

As a player, McGhee enjoyed a medal-laden career with Aberdeen and Celtic and will be hoping he can ultimately translate this success into his managerial life.

He made an excellent start with Millwall, taking them to the top of Division Two in his first few months at The New Den with his team of young homegrown players playing out of their skins.

Winning the Manager of the Month award in April, McGhee helped Millwall to the Second Division title, beating off a spirited challenge from Ronnie Moore's Rotherham side and securing The Lions' return to Division One.

The following season saw the London side do more than simply consolidate their position in the First Division as they secured a place in the play-offs, and were unlucky to be beaten in the semi-finals by Birmingham, who went through to the final and won promotion, by a last minute goal from Stern John.

Their second year in the First Division was not quite so successful but after suffering several injuries The Lions finished the campaign strongly and McGhee admitted that he expected them to be challenging for promotion the following season.

He drafted in one of his former managers, also ex-assistant to Alex Ferguson, Archie Knox to work alongside him at the New Den.

Despite a reasonable start to the 2003-04 season, a 1-0 home defeat to Preston on October 14th proved to be McGhee's last game in charge. The club announced the following day that he and Knox had left the club by mutual consent after an 'amicable' agreement with the chairman Theo Paphitis.

McGhee left The Lions in eighth place in Division One, just six points behind the leaders, after 14 games.

He was not out of management for long however, returning just two weeks later as the new boss of Brighton and Hove Albion. McGhee took charge with Brighton third in Division Two, three points behind leaders Plymouth after 16 games.

He enjoyed success with Brighton as McGhee guided the club to promotion to the Championship in his first season beating Bristol City in the play-offs. The following season was also successful as maintained the side's Championship status in 2004/05, finishing 20th, their highest league position in 14 years.

After Brighton, McGhee then transformed Motherwell with the club finishing 3rd in his first season in charge, qualifying for the UEFA Cup after only just avoiding relegation the previous season. It was the first time in 13 years that Motherwell qualified for European competition.

After being linked with the Scottish National team, McGhee returned to Pittodrie as the new manager of Aberdeen in June 2009. He remained with The Dons until December 2010 before he was appointed at the Memorial Stadium.

After his spell with Bristol Rovers, Mark later joined the SFA as assistant to Gordon Strachan.

Honours (7)
  • promotions
    • Brighton & Hove Albion:
      • Promotion to Coca Cola Championship, (2004-05-29)
    • Millwall:
      • Promotion to Nationwide Division One, (2001-05-26)
    • Reading:
      • Promotion to Endsleigh Football League Division One, (1994-05-07)
  • personal-awards
    • Brighton & Hove Albion:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League One, (2004-03-01)
    • Millwall:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (2003-04-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League One, (2001-04-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League One, (2001-02-01)
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