Appointed the manager of the club in June 2007, Mark McGhee was an experienced manager who had managed Reading, Leicester City, Wolves, Millwall and Brighton and Hove Albion. His playing career boasted some great success as he won the European Cup Winners Cup at Aberdeen as well as the League. He would also play for Newcastle United, Celtic, Hamburg, Greenock Morton and Reading in a highly successful career.
He introduced a side that played some fine attacking football and the 4-3-3 formation he implemented went down well with the fans. Signing’s included the like of Chris Porter on a Bosman he was rated around £800,000 and proved to be a fine coup. He also snapped up former Rangers midfielder Stephen Hughes and Lewis Grabban on loan from Crystal Palace. His first game in charge saw the side snatch a win at Love Street and this would be a fine platform as the side would finish the season in 3rd place. With the likes of Bob Malcolm and Simon Lappin added to the squad the side produced some stunning performances to clinch the club a UEFA Cup spot. He also endeared himself to the ‘Well fans and all of Scottish football fans after the sad death of Phil O’Donnell as he had to manage through some tough times. Mark also came close to getting the Scotland job as his impressive debut season at Motherwell wasn’t going unnoticed. At the end of the 2007/08 season he almost left to join Hearts but at the last minute decided his future remained at Fir Park.
The 2008/09 campaign wasn’t as successful as the club would finish 7th, Ross McCormack left to join Cardiff City and a replacement came in the shape of John Sutton who had SPL experience with St.Mirren and Dundee. Jim O’Brien a tricky and pacey winger was snapped up from Celtic on a freebie. The season was long and arduous as by early December the side was flirting with relegation and the UEFA cup proved to be brief as French outfit AS Nancy won both legs. A fantastic run in the latter part of the season would see the side vying for the top 6 and even a return to Europe seemed a possibility but sadly a few hiccups seen the campaign fizzle out.
His friend Gordon Strachan put his name forward for the Celtic job after he resigned but after the Tic board ruled him out the running he joined his former club Aberdeen taking assistant manager Scott Leitch with him.
|Name:||Mark Edward McGhee|
|Date of Birth:||25th May 1957|
|Place of Birth:||Glasgow|