Jim Jefferies (footballer)

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Jim Jefferies
Jim Jefferies - Hearts.jpg
Jefferies in his second spell as Hearts manager
Personal information
Full name James Jefferies
Date of birth (1950-11-22) 22 November 1950 (age 63)
Place of birth Musselburgh, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Dunfermline Athletic (manager)
Youth career
1965–1967 Gorgie Hearts
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1981 Heart of Midlothian 227 (5)
1967–1968 Haddington Athletic (loan)
1968–1969 Gala Fairydean (loan)
1981–1983 Berwick Rangers 71 (0)
Teams managed
1983 Hawick Royal Albert
1983–1988 Gala Fairydean
1988–1990 Berwick Rangers
1990–1995 Falkirk
1995–2000 Heart of Midlothian
2000–2001 Bradford City
2002–2010 Kilmarnock
2010–2011 Heart of Midlothian
2012– Dunfermline Athletic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

James "Jim" Jefferies (born 22 November 1950 in Musselburgh) is a Scottish football former player and manager currently at Scottish League One side Dunfermline Athletic. Jefferies played for Heart of Midlothian for almost his whole playing career and enjoyed a successful first managerial spell with the club, winning the 1998 Scottish Cup. Jefferies has also managed Gala Fairydean, Berwick Rangers, Falkirk, Bradford City and Kilmarnock.

Playing career[edit]

Jefferies made more than 300 competitive appearances for Heart of Midlothian.[1] The main highlight of his playing career was playing in the 1976 Scottish Cup Final, which Hearts lost 3–1 to Rangers.[2] He also played in the famous 0-7 New Year Edinburgh Derby defeat against Hibernian. Jefferies eventually left Hearts in 1981, and spent the last two seasons of his career with Berwick Rangers.

Managerial career[edit]

Gala Fairydean[edit]

Jefferies left Berwick in 1983 to become a manager at East of Scotland Football League club Gala Fairydean.

Berwick Rangers[edit]

Jefferies returned to the Wee Gers to begin his senior managerial career in September 1988.[2] Despite a great deal of financial turmoil during that time, he turned the struggling team around to the extent that they set a club record of 21 games unbeaten in the league during season 1988–89.[2]

Falkirk[edit]

In the 1990 close season Jefferies took over at Falkirk,[3] guiding them to the Scottish First Division title (and promotion to the Scottish Premier Division) in 1991 and 1994.[2] Falkirk also won the Scottish Challenge Cup in 1993.[2]

Heart of Midlothian[edit]

In August 1995, Jefferies returned to Hearts. He was manager of the Hearts team that won the Scottish Cup in 1998, his greatest success in the game to date.[2]

Bradford City[edit]

Jefferies moved south of the border on 20 November 2000 to replace Chris Hutchings as manager of then Premier League side Bradford City.[4] He was given the task of selling players by chairman Geoffrey Richmond and was unable to prevent them from going down.[5] He resigned in December 2001 after a poor start to the season left them with no hope of a promotion challenge.[2] Former England striker Stan Collymore later described Jefferies as 'One of the most useless managers he worked under" on Talksport in January 2013.[citation needed] He criticised Jefferies training regime as "being from 1975".[citation needed]

Kilmarnock[edit]

On 28 February 2002, he returned to management back in his native Scotland with Kilmarnock.[6] He kept Kilmarnock in a respectable position despite the necessity of drastically reducing the club's wage bill, reaching the 2007 Scottish League Cup Final.[2] Following Alex McLeish's departure from Rangers at the end of the 2005–06 season, Jefferies was the longest-serving manager in the Scottish Premier League. He left Kilmarnock by "mutual consent" on 11 January 2010.[7]

Return to Heart Midlothian[edit]

Jefferies was appointed manager of Hearts for a second time on 29 January 2010, just hours after Csaba László was sacked from the position.[8] Hearts finished third in the SPL in the 2010–11 season, having threatened the dominance of the Old Firm until falling away after February. Jefferies and right-hand man Billy Brown were sacked by Hearts on 1 August 2011, after just two games of the 2011–12 Scottish Premier League season.[9][10]

Dunfermline Athletic[edit]

Jefferies held talks with Dunfermline about succeeding Jim McIntyre as their manager[11] and was appointed on 20 March.[12] He was unable to keep the Pars in the top flight and were relegated at the end of the season. The following season in the Scottish First Division the club ran into financial difficulties and were placed in administration in March 2013. This led to a 15-point deduction penalty by the Scottish Football League as well as many first-team players leaving. The effect of the points penalty saw Jefferies' side relegated to the Scottish Second Division through the Scottish First Division play-offs losing to Alloa Athletic in the two-legged final. Jefferies signed a new contract with Dunfermline in December 2013, after the club exited administration.[13]

Managerial Honours[edit]

Falkirk
Heart of Midlothian

Personal awards and achievements[edit]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 18 May 2014
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Hawick Royal Albert Scotland 1983 1983
Gala Fairydean Scotland 1983 1988
Berwick Rangers England September 1988 May 1990 74 28 18 28 37.84
Falkirk Scotland August 1990 August 1995 237 99 60 78 41.77
Heart of Midlothian Scotland August 1995 November 2000 242 108 57 77 44.63
Bradford City England November 2000 December 2001 53 15 12 26 28.30
Kilmarnock Scotland February 2002 January 2010 325 116 65 144 35.69
Heart of Midlothian Scotland January 2010 August 2011 61 25 13 23 40.98
Dunfermline Athletic Scotland March 2012 Present 101 43 18 40 42.57
Total 1,091 433 243 415 39.69
  • Berwick Rangers league statistics only. There are currently no statistics available for Hawick Royal Albert and Gala Fairydean.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jim Jefferies, London Hearts Supporters' Club.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h A turbulent end to otherwise tranquil and successful eight years for Jim Jefferies, The Scotsman, 12 January 2010.
  3. ^ Falkirk FC Managers
  4. ^ "Jefferies is new Bradford manager" BBC Sport website (20 November 2000)
  5. ^ "Bradford ready to off-load stars" BBC Sport website (8 January 2001)
  6. ^ "Jefferies made new Killie boss" BBC Sport website (28 February 2002)
  7. ^ "Killie part with boss Jefferies". BBC Sport. 11 January 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Jim Jefferies replaces Csaba Laszlo as Hearts manager". BBC Sport. BBC. 29 January 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "It's only August 1 but already Hearts have sacked manager Jefferies". Daily Mail (Associated Newspapers). 1 August 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Jim Jefferies sacked as Hearts manager". Daily Telegraph. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  11. ^ McLauchlin, Brian (19 March 2012). "Dunfermline continue talks to make Jim Jefferies their manager". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Jim Jefferies signs deal to take Dunfermline Athletic job". STV Sport. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  13. ^ "Jefferies intends to bow out at the end of new contract". The Herald (Herald & Times Group). 20 December 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Awards 08". Retrieved 3 March 2011. 
  15. ^ "Awards". Retrieved 3 March 2011. 

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