Chris McCann

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Chris McCann
Chris McCann (cropped).jpg
McCann playing for Burnley in 2012
Personal information
Full name Christopher John McCann[1]
Date of birth (1987-07-21) 21 July 1987 (age 27)[1]
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Wigan Athletic
Number 7
Youth career
0000–2004 Home Farm
2004–2005 Burnley
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2013 Burnley 238 (27)
2013– Wigan Athletic 32 (3)
National team
2006 Republic of Ireland U19 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:36, 6 December 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Christopher John "Chris" McCann (born 21 July 1987) is an Irish professional footballer who plays for Wigan Athletic as a midfielder. A graduate of the youth system at Home Farm, McCann joined Burnley as a teenager, making his first team debut in 2005. He went on to make over 200 appearances for the club before joining Wigan Athletic on a free transfer in 2013. He has also won one cap for the Republic of Ireland U19 team.

Club career[edit]

Burnley[edit]

McCann was born in Dublin, County Dublin.[2] Brought over to Lancashire from the Irish club Home Farm, McCann progressed through the youth system at Burnley, and made his senior debut in the 2005–06 season, coming onto the pitch as an early substitute in the 4–0 win against Coventry City on 13 August 2005.

McCann scored his first senior goal on 27 September 2005, in the 3–0 win against Ipswich Town.

He started the 2006–07 season in the first-team squad, but reverted to the substitutes' bench after a few games as he sought to confirm his potential at Championship level. However, injuries saw him pressed into action as an emergency left-back and he took these opportunities – re-establishing himself in the first-team line-up. In 2008–09, McCann was linked with a possible move to a Premier League club. McCann began his debut Barclays Premier League season well, but an unfortunate knee injury and subsequent surgery to his cruciate following the game against Sunderland at Turf Moor in September sidelined the midfielder until December 2009 at the earliest. In his second match back from injury, he picked up a second injury that ruled him out for the rest of the season.[3][4]

Following Burnley's relegation from the Premier League McCann returned to the team and played in Burnley's first three pre-season friendlies against Bury, Oldham Athletic and the first game of Burnley's tour of Singapore in which McCann was taken off with a knee injury. McCann played no further part in Burnley's pre-season and in the week before the Clarets season opener against Nottingham Forest, news broke that the midfielder was a doubt for this game and would be sent to see a specialist.[5] McCann returned to Championship action while being named captain of Burnley FC by manager Eddie Howe.

Wigan Athletic[edit]

On 26 June 2013, McCann agreed to join Wigan Athletic following the expiry of his contract with Burnley at the end of the month. He was reunited with former Burnley manager Owen Coyle.[6]

International career[edit]

McCann has represented the Republic of Ireland at under-17, under-18 and under-19 level.[7] He was first called up to the Republic of Ireland U21s for the matches against Montenegro and Bulgaria on 16 and 20 November 2007 for the 2009 European U21 Championship qualifiers.[8] On the wake of his call-up Ireland U21 manager, Don Givens, stated that "Chris has been involved with Ireland at other age levels but this is his first call-up to the Under-21 panel. He is a good player and deserves a chance at this level".[9] He was selected in the squad for the 1–0 defeat to Montenegro in Podgorica.[10] However he had to withdraw due to an injury. This was unexpected news as he has played the week before against Preston North End after he had missed three games with a groin injury.[11] McCann was again named on the bench for the second match against Bulgaria but opted out of the squad two hours prior to kick-off claiming it was a waste of his time being there. Don Givens criticised McCann saying, "I can never understand anybody that doesn't want to pull on the green shirt". He also added that this event could hinder McCann's future international career, "Will I pick him again? Would you?".[12] Ireland went onto win the match in Athlone regardless of McCann's actions through a 90th minute winner from the Watford midfielder John-Joe O'Toole.[13] However, Givens later apologised for his criticism, "I take it back, its nice to see Chris developing into a player of true class"[14] Despite smoothing things over with Givens he was never called up to the under-21s again. Since that event McCann has stated his desire to play for the full national side and hoped that his form for his club side could push him into Giovanni Trappatoni's squad.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 6 December 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Burnley 2005–06[16] Championship 23 2 1 0 3 0 27 2
2006–07[17] Championship 38 5 1 0 1 0 40 5
2007–08[18] Championship 35 5 1 0 1 0 37 5
2008–09[19] Championship 44 6 4 0 7 2 3[a] 0 58 8
2009–10[20] Premier League 7 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
2010–11[21] Championship 4 1 0 0 0 0 4 1
2011–12[22] Championship 46 4 1 0 4 1 51 5
2012–13[23] Championship 41 4 0 0 2 1 43 5
Total 238 27 9 0 18 4 3 0 268 31
Wigan Athletic 2013–14[24] Championship 27 2 5 1 1 0 6[b] 0 39 3
2014–15[25] Championship 5 1 0 0 0 0 5 1
Total 32 3 5 1 1 0 6 0 44 4
Career total 270 30 14 1 19 4 9 0 312 35
  1. ^ Appearances in Championship play-offs
  2. ^ One appearance in FA Community Shield, five in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Burnley

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 262. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ "C. McCann". Socceway. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Kayley, Jason (25 September 2008). "Burnley boss tips McCann to reach the top". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Fitzmaurice, Aidan (3 November 2008). "Coyle lashes out at McCann's exclusion". Dublin: Herald. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Laws cautious over McCann return". BBC News. 4 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Burnley midfielder Chris McCann to join Wigan on a free transfer". BBC Sport. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "International recognition". Burnley: Burnley Football Club. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Three newcomers included in Ireland's U21 squad for UEFA Championship matches". FAI. 6 November 2007. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "McCann Heads International Call-Ups". Burnley Football Club. 7 November 2007. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "Montengro U21 1–0 Rep of Ireland U21". Sky Sports. 16 November 2007. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  11. ^ "McCann No Go Montenegro". Vital Football. 24 March 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  12. ^ Scholes, Tony (21 November 2007). "McCann Sent Home". ClaretsMad. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  13. ^ "Rep of Ire U21 1–0 Bulgaria U21". BBC Sport. 20 November 2007. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  14. ^ "McCann good enough for the Premiership". One Team in Ireland. 16 February 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  15. ^ "CHRIS McCann hopes that his form with Championship side Burnley can help him catch Giovanni Trapattoni's eye and earn him promotion to the senior Ireland squad,". Dublin: Dublin Evening Herald. 16 February 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  16. ^ "Games played by Chris McCann in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Games played by Chris McCann in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "Games played by Chris McCann in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  19. ^ a b "Games played by Chris McCann in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Chris McCann in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Chris McCann in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Chris McCann in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Chris McCann in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  24. ^ "Games played by Chris McCann in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Chris McCann in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 

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