Neil McDonald
NEIL
McDONALD

Neil McDonald was formerly manager of Blackpool FC. He was confirmed as the manager of Blackpool on 2 June 2015.  Previous to this he was the Assistant Manager at West Ham.

McDonald has previously managed Carlisle United having taken over following Paul Simpson's departure in the summer of 2006 winning his first game in charge. He came to the club having been an apprentice player at the club and on the back of a couple of high profile and effective coaching roles including a period at Bolton as part of Sam Allardyce's backroom staff.

As a successful player he began his career at Newcastle United - playing over 200 games for the North East giants. From there he was a £525,000 transfer to Everton - a move that included a 1989 FA Cup Final loss against Liverpool. Over a 3 year period he played over a 100 games for 'The Toffees' before another £500,000 move to Oldham Athletic. This move coincided with their promotion to the top Division, and after 3 years at the club and their relegation from the Premiership he linked up with Sam at Bolton. This move was not as successful in terms of playing and after only 4 games he moved onto Preston North End as a player/coach, before retiring from playing in 1998. By the time he retired his career stats read 354 games with 37 goals.

Following his retirement he took on the Preston coaching job full time before leaving in 2000 to become first team coach at Bolton. During his time at Reebok he earned his UEFA Pro License and following a successful 5 year stint with 'The Trotters' he left to replace Kit Symons at Crystal Palace as Iain Dowie's assistant. Following Palace's play-off defeat to Watford he then parted company with The Eagles.

It was during the summer of 2006 when the call came to take over at 'The Blues' a role he grabbed with both hands. His first season was fairly productive as the club battled to secure a play-off spot. Unfortunately for McDonald the club finished the season in 8th Spot just outside the playoff positions.

After Carlisle, McDonald took charge of Swedish club Östersunds FK and managed to save the club from relegation. He has been the assistant at both Lincoln City and Leeds United before he joined Blackburn.

At Blackburn, Neil helped guide the club to the League Cup semi-final, narrowly missing out on a Wembley appearance to Aston Villa. Blackburn went on to finish in 10th place in his first full season with Rovers, achieving an impressive home record, winning half of their home league games.

Neil is also a graduate of the LMA's Certificate in Applied Management at Warwick University.

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