John McMahon (football coach)

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John McMahon (born 7 December 1949) is a former association football player and coach. The brother of Liverpool & England player Steve McMahon, he played football at non-league level before a successful coaching career. He coached at Tranmere for several years (twice becoming caretaker manager), then became assistant manager at Shrewsbury from where he moved, in 2009, to become Reserve Team Coach at Liverpool,[1] leaving in April 2011. In July 2011, he returned to Tranmere as first team coach.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

John McMahon spent eight years on the coaching staff of Tranmere Rovers, where he had two spells as caretaker manager, in the 2003–04 season and at the end of the 2005–06 season.

He moved to become first-team coach at Shrewsbury Town in June 2006,[3] and was made assistant manager in September 2007.[4] During this period he completed his UEFA Pro Licence in coaching during 2006.[5] On 3 March 2008 he was appointed caretaker manager, after the departure of manager Gary Peters.[6] The appointment of Paul Simpson on 12 March saw him resume the assistant role.

On 8 June 2009, John was appointed reserve team coach of Liverpool, replacing Gary Ablett.[7][8] He took charge of the reserve team for the first time on 18 July 2009, when the a Liverpool XI beat Aberystwyth Town 4-1 in a friendly.[9] On 11 March 2011 it was announced that he would no longer be a coach at Liverpool.

In June 2011 he rejoined the coaching staff at Tranmere as first team coach.[2]


  1. ^ "McMahon's Delight at Landing Reserve Team". 2009-06-08. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  2. ^ a b "John McMahon Rejoins Tranmere Coaching Staff". Tranmere Rovers FC. 21 June 2011. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  3. ^ McMahon gets Shrews coaching role
  4. ^ Peters reshuffles management
  5. ^ "The Class of 2006". The Football Association. 3 July 2006. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Shrews part company with Peters
  7. ^ "Liverpool appoint Steve McMahon's brother John as reserve-team coach". The Guardian. 2009-06-08. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  8. ^ "MCMAHON NAMED NEW RESERVE BOSS". 2009-06-08. Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  9. ^ "McMahon Off To A Good Start". 2009-07-18. Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gary Ablett
Liverpool F.C. Reserves Coach
Succeeded by
José Segura