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Mark McGhee

Mark McGhee, photographed in 2010

Mark McGhee was appointed to the position of manager on 18 January 2012, taking over from caretaker boss Shaun North, who had been in charge since the sacking of Paul Buckle in early January.


McGhee had a long playing and management career behind him prior to joining Rovers, stretching back 37 years to when he first joined the senior ranks at Morton (now known as Greenock Morton) as an 18 year old in 1975.

Playing career[]

After spending two years in Greenock he was signed by English side Newcastle United in 1977, but after making just 28 appearances he moved on to Aberdeen a year later.

He enjoyed much success in his four years with The Dons. Playing under legendary manager Alex Ferguson he picked up the 1982 Scottish PFA Players' Player of the Year award and was capped four times by the Scottish national team.

Following this he had a spell in Germany playing for Hamburger SV, before returning to Scotland with Celtic, then had a second spell with Newcastle United and a brief stint in Sweden with IK Brage. He rounded his playing career off as player-manager of Reading between 1991 and 1993, when he was forced to give up his on-the-field activities due to a knee injury.

Managerial career[]

Mark's first managerial position was as player-boss of Reading. He was appointed to the job in 1991 and played for two years before hanging up his boots and managing full-time from 1993. He remained with The Royals until 1994, when he was offered the chance to take over the reigns at Leicester City in December that year.

Leicester were already struggling in the Premier League at this point, and he was unable to save them from relegation at the end of the season, and when Wolverhampton Wanderers offered him the opportunity to manage them in December 1995, just a year after joining Leicester, he accepted the invitation.