Willie McLean was a swift replacement for Ian St John who had just been lured to Portsmouth, with the promise of a financial treasure chest. Willie had previous managerial experience with Queen of the South prior to joining the club. Under the helm of McLean he had the likes of Vic Davidson, Willie Pettigrew, Bobby Graham and Peter Marinello at his disposal up front and also had the solidarity of Peter Millar, Willie Watson, Willie McVie and Stuart McLaren players who could all win 80/20 challenges, even if the odds were stacked up in the oppositions favour. Joe Wark and Bobby Watson were also popular hard working players. The squad certainly had a fair bit of talent and flair. Willie was responsible for establishing Motherwell in the new top ten Premier League which would start in 1975/76 and the side would enjoy a decent season where the club would finish 4th in the table. Other highlights during his tenure would of course include two Scottish Cup Semi Final appearances. He decided to step down in December 1977, taking up a new post as a community coach. His younger brother Tommy would enjoy great success as Motherwell manager a matter of years later, his other brother Jim of course led Dundee United to league success in the 80s.
|Date of Birth:||2nd April 1935|
|Place of Birth:||Lark hall|
|Queen of the South||1973||1974|
|Hamilton Academical (Trialist)||1956|
|Queen of the South||1961||1963|