Jim Duffy (footballer)

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Jim Duffy
Personal information
Full name James Duffy
Date of birth (1959-04-27) 27 April 1959 (age 55)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Greenock Morton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1982 Celtic 0 (0)
1982–1985 Morton 119 (3)
1985–1988 Dundee 83 (2)
1990 Dundee 8 (0)
1990–1992 Partick Thistle 72 (4)
1992–1996 Dundee 108 (0)
Total 390 (9)
National team
1986 Scotland U21[1] 1 (0)
Teams managed
1988–1989 Falkirk
1993–1996 Dundee
1996–1998 Hibernian
2002–2005 Dundee
2007 Norwich City (caretaker)
2009–2010 Brechin City
2011–2014 Clyde
2014– Greenock Morton
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

James "Jim" Duffy (born 27 April 1959) is a Scottish former footballer and manager, currently managing Scottish League One club Greenock Morton.

During his playing career he played for Celtic, Greenock Morton, Dundee (three spells) and Partick Thistle.

His managerial career seen spells with Falkirk, Dundee (two spells - first as player-manager) and Brechin City before his current role.

Duffy also had a brief Director of Football role at Hearts and an extensive coaching career including spells in English football.

Playing career[edit]

Duffy was born in Glasgow, growing up in the Maryhill area of the city where he was a childhood friend of Charlie Nicholas. Like Nicholas, Duffy began his senior career with Celtic. Duffy, however, was unable to follow his friend into the Celtic first team and moved to Greenock Morton. His career developed greatly there, and in 1985 he was named Scottish PFA Players' Player of the Year despite Morton being relegated.

He moved to Dundee, only for his career to apparently be ended by injury aged only 28. After a short spell as manager of Falkirk[2] he made a playing comeback with Dundee before joining Partick Thistle. Duffy then returned to Dundee for a third spell in 1992 as player/assistant manager to Simon Stainrod. Duffy then succeeded Stainrod to become player-manager in the autumn of 1993.

Managerial career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Duffy led First Division side Dundee to the Scottish League Cup Final in November 1995, but the team lost 2–0 to Aberdeen. Duffy followed this with an unsuccessful spell as manager of Hibernian. After working for Chelsea and Portsmouth as a coach, he returned yet again to Dundee for a second stint as manager in 2002.

Second spell at Dundee[edit]

He was appointed manager on 4 July 2002.[3] During his second spell as manager at Dens Park he again led Dundee to Hampden, this time for the 2003 Scottish Cup Final against Rangers, which Dundee lost 1–0. As Rangers also won the Scottish Premier League, Dundee qualified for the UEFA Cup.

During November 2003 the club went into administration due to the gross financial mismanagement by the clubs owners, Peter Marr and Jimmy Marr. Going into administration meant that Dundee lost most of their talented players, but the team battled on and managed to avoid relegation that season. In the following season, however, Dundee struggled with a threadbare squad and were relegated on the last day of the season. Duffy stayed on with the blessing of the board to try to get the club back into the SPL at the first attempt.[4] However on 24 August 2005, the board then decided to sack Duffy after just four games of the new season, even though Dundee were top of the Scottish First Division.[5]

Director of football at Hearts[edit]

He joined the coaching staff at Hearts at the end of January 2006 and was promoted to director of football two weeks later on a contract until the end of the 2005–06 season.[6] Duffy spent barely a month in that position, however, as he was dismissed by the club, along with manager Graham Rix, on 22 March 2006.[7]

Norwich City[edit]

On 9 February 2007, Duffy was appointed the Assistant Manager to Peter Grant at Norwich.[8] When Grant left Norwich on 9 October, Duffy was made caretaker manager. But after recording losses to Bristol City, Burnley and WBA he did not win the job for a longer term. Duffy left Norwich after Glenn Roeder was appointed Norwich manager on 30 October.

Brechin City[edit]

Duffy was appointed as Brechin City manager in January 2009, replacing Michael O'Neill, who had left the club to manager Shamrock Rovers a month earlier.[9] Duffy resigned after Brechin were beaten 3–0 on aggregate by Cowdenbeath in the First Division play-offs in May 2010.[10]


Duffy was appointed manager of Clyde on 6 February 2011.[11] Duffy appointed his former Partick Thistle team-mate Chic Charnley as his assistant two day later.[12] He succeeded in lifting Clyde off the bottom of the Third Division briefly, but finished the season last, and agreed to stay with the club for the 2011–12 season.[13] Duffy chose to stay at Clyde because in a time where an average managerial reign at a club in Britain lasts approximately fifteen months was because of job security and in agreement with board Clyde, progression on the field for the club would take time.[14] At the start of the 2011-12 season, Duffys Clyde defeated his ex managing team Brechin City 4–2 away and East Stirlingshire 7–1. On 1 February 2012, Duffy was appointed on to the clubs board.[15] Duffy was awarded SPFL League Two manager of the month for October 2013 after an unbeaten month with Clyde in the league and Scottish Cup,[16] Duffy and Clyde stretched that unbeaten run to ten matches between October and early December, after a 3-1 home defeat to Peterhead on December 7 ended it.[17] Clyde qualified for the promotion/relegation playoffs, but were beaten by East Fife after a penalty shootout in the semi-final. Soon afterwards, Duffy resigned as manager of Clyde to take a similar position at Morton.[18]


Duffy took over from Kenny Shiels as Morton manager on 19 May 2014.[18] He signed a two-year contract with the club.[19]


Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 24 January 2015

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Falkirk Scotland 1988 1989 53 27 11 15 50.94
Dundee Scotland August 1993 December 1996 137 57 42 38 41.61
Hibernian Scotland December 1996 February 1998 46 8 15 23 17.39
Dundee Scotland July 2002 September 2005 142 44 38 60 30.99
Brechin City Scotland January 2009 May 2010
Clyde Scotland February 2011 May 2014 145 48 29 68 33.10
Morton Scotland May 2014 present 30 16 3 11 53.33
Total 553 200 138 215 36.17
  • No statistics currently available for Brechin City.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jim Duffy". www.fitbastats.com. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Falkirk FC Managers
  3. ^ "Dundee go for Duffy" BBC Sport (4 July 2002)
  4. ^ "Dundee keep faith in boss Duffy" BBC Sport (26 May 2005)
  5. ^ "Dundee move to sack manager Duffy" BBC Sport (25 August 2005)
  6. ^ Gordon, Phil. Duffy promoted over Rix in the latest Tynecastle reshuffle, The Times, 14 February 2006.
  7. ^ Roberts, Chris. Rix and Duffy are sacked by Hearts, The Independent, 23 March 2006.
  8. ^ "Livermore goes as Duffy takes post". 9 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  9. ^ "Duffy confirmed as Brechin boss". BBC Sport. 9 January 2009. 
  10. ^ "Jim Duffy resigns as Brechin City manager". BBC Sport. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "Jim Duffy Appointed". Clyde F.C. 6 February 2011. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  12. ^ Chic Joins Clyde Clyde FC. 08-02-2011. 16-04-2014.
  13. ^ "Jim Duffy appointed permanent Clyde manager". BBC Sport. 29 April 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  14. ^ Spiers on Saturday: meeting Jim Duffy, a survivor of many clubs Herald Scotland. 30-11-2013. Retrieved 16-04-2014.
  15. ^ "Manager Jim Duffy joins Clyde board". BBC Sport. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  16. ^ League 2 Manager of the Month spfl.co.uk. 15-11-2013. Retrieved 22-12-2013.
  17. ^ Clyde 1-3 Peterhead Clyde FC. 07-12-2013. Retrieved 16-04-2014.
  18. ^ a b "Jim Duffy leaves Clyde to 'join Morton as manager'". BBC Sport (BBC). 19 May 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  19. ^ Mitchell, Jonathan (20 May 2014). "Duffy wants to bring back glory days to Cappielow". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 

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