Andy Watson



Andy Watson joined the club in July 1994 as Alex McLeish’s assistant. After ‘Big Eck’ decided to move to Hibernian in February 1998, Andy was actually offered the job as Motherwell Football Club Manager on a permanent basis but he declined as he wanted to reunite with Alex at Easter Road.

As the board searched for a new boss, Andy was given the role as caretaker manager and he would take charge of a trio of games which would end in massive disappointment. The first was a Scottish Cup tie against Rangers at Fir Park, the Steelmen put in a fine performance only for a monumental error from keeper Stevie Woods which gifted Gordon Durie a late equaliser which took the game to a replay after a 2-2 draw. As what generally happens when you play the Old Firm, there is no second chances and Motherwell crashed to a 3-0 defeat at Ibrox. The final game was a 2-4 defeat at the hands of Hearts, within days of this result, Watson was on route to Edinburgh to rejoin his former colleague.

Andy would go onto forge a good career as Macleish’s assistant manager, a few years after Hibernian the duo joined Rangers and won every domestic honour in Scotland. From Ibrox it was onto Hampden to try lead Scotland to EURO 2008 in Austria – Switzerland (which was narrowly missed) then onto English Premiership side Birmingham City in early 2008, sadly they were struggling at the foot of the table and despite having former Motherwell favourite James McFadden leading there attack, they were relegated on the last day of the season. They did however upset all the odds by winning the 2011 League Cup final against Arsenal at Wembley.

Name: Andrew Watson
Date of Birth: 3rd September 1959
Place of Birth: Aberdeen
Playing Position: Midfielder
Nationality: Scottish

Management Career:

Scotland Flag Motherwell (Caretaker Manager) 1998
England Flag Ilkeston 2015 2016

Playing Career:

Scotland Flag Aberdeen 1978 1983
England Flag Leeds United 1983 1984
Scotland Flag Heart of Midlothian 1984 1987
Scotland Flag Hibernian 1987 1989