Steven Pressley, 2009
|Full name||Steven John Pressley|
|Date of birth||11 October 1973|
|Place of birth||Elgin, Scotland|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|1998–2006||Heart of Midlothian||271||(19)|
|2005||Heart of Midlothian (Joint Caretaker)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Steven John Pressley (born 11 October 1973) is a Scottish football player and manager. Pressley had a long playing career, playing for both halves of the Old Firm and making over 100 league appearances for both Dundee United and Hearts. Pressley captained the Hearts side that won the 2006 Scottish Cup Final, and made 32 appearances for Scotland. As a player, Pressley was described as hard working and exhibiting leadership.
After retiring as a player, Pressley was assistant manager of Falkirk, before being appointed manager in February 2010. Pressley also served as an assistant manager to George Burley while Burley was manager of Scotland. He moved to League One side Coventry City in March 2013, but was sacked in February 2015.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Management career
- 4 Honours
- 5 Managerial statistics
- 6 Personal awards and achievements
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Pressley started his career at Rangers as a youngster. During his time at Ibrox, he won a Scottish Cup winner's medal in 1993, appearing as a substitute as Rangers defeated Aberdeen in the final. This would end up being the last cup he would win until 2006 when he won the Scottish Cup with Hearts. Despite being hailed in the media as "the new Richard Gough", he struggled to establish himself as a regular start for Rangers.
He was transferred to English side Coventry City in 1994 for £630,000. His one goal for Coventry came against Manchester United. However, he had problems with his form and disciplinary record, before returning to Scotland with Dundee United for a fee of £750,000.
His influential style of play and his organisational skills were noticed by Hearts manager Jim Jefferies, and he was signed by the Edinburgh club on a Bosman free transfer in 1998. Pressley was appointed club captain by Craig Levein in 2001–02. Only Bobby Parker has held the Hearts captaincy for a longer period.
Pressley was captain when the team beat VfB Stuttgart, Bordeaux and Basel in European matches. He helped Hearts finish second in the league in 2005/06, third on three occasions, as well as reaching the Scottish Cup and League Cup semi-finals. Pressley led Hearts to success in the 2006 Scottish Cup Final, albeit on a penalty shoot-out after the club were held to a 1–1 draw with Gretna after extra time. Pressley scored the first penalty for Hearts, who eventually won 4–2. His enrollment into the Hearts Hall of Fame highlights the status that he enjoyed at Tynecastle.
He acted as a spokesman for the playing squad in response to the various controversies affecting the club under the ownership of Vladimir Romanov. On 27 October 2006, Pressley led a press conference, flanked by fellow internationals Craig Gordon and Paul Hartley, announcing that there was "significant unrest in the Hearts dressing room" following majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov's most recent comments. Romanov stated that he would sell players if Hearts failed to beat Dunfermline Athletic, a match which ended 1–1. However, this game was played out in front of a sell-out crowd who showed their vocal backing for Pressley, Gordon and Hartley. Pressley was then absent from the Hearts squad to face Falkirk on 13 November 2006 and he had been reportedly stripped of the captaincy. A month later, on 9 December 2006, it was confirmed that Pressley and Hearts had parted company and was reported to be attracting the interest of several clubs.
Despite reported interest from Championship Derby County and Premier League Charlton, it was revealed in December 2006 that Pressley had been signed as a free agent by Celtic until May 2008. Having previously played for Rangers, he joined players such as Maurice Johnston, Alfie Conn and Kenny Miller in crossing the Old Firm divide.
He made his Celtic debut on 2 January 2007 against Kilmarnock and then returned to Tynecastle as stand-in Celtic captain on 14 January. He scored his first competitive goal for Celtic against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup, later scoring his only league goal against Hearts on 29 April 2007. He featured in the Celtic team that won the Scottish Cup, making him the first person to do so with three different clubs. He made fewer appearances during the 2007–08 season, and he left the club after his contract expired in the summer.
After his release from Celtic, Pressley continued to train with Celtic Reserves to keep his fitness up and joined Doncaster Rovers, then Blackpool on trial but failed to win a contract at both clubs. Then, on 1 September 2008 he signed for Randers FC of the Danish Superliga on a four-month contract, ending in December. Although he had the eagerness to play in a foreign country throughout his career, this was the first offer he had received from abroad. He said "The prospect of playing abroad excited me and it's an ideal situation for both parties. I had a couple of opportunities to go to England, but I wanted to play abroad and experience a new challenge".
Pressley made his debut in a 1–1 draw against AC Horsens on 14 September and played the full 90 minutes of the match.
Pressley's contract with Randers expired in December 2008, the beginning of the Danish Superliga's Winter break, and he was linked with a move to a number of clubs in Switzerland as well as the manager's job at Inverness in his homeland, but joined Falkirk on 13 January 2009 on a short-term contract until the end of the 2008/09 season. He made his debut for the club in a 3–1 defeat to Rangers at Ibrox Stadium on 18 January.
Pressley was capped 32 times by Scotland. He is the most capped Scottish player at Hearts surpassing the record of 29 caps held by Bobby Walker. He made his debut in 2000 against World and European champions France. His appearance against Lithuania on 6 September 2006 ensured that he surpassed Bobby Walker's 91-year old record as Hearts' most capped Scotland player. He was sent off in what proved to be his last appearance for Scotland, a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier against Ukraine on 11 October 2006. Pressley served a two-match ban following the red card, which gave Stephen McManus the chance to step up to the international fold. McManus performed very well in Pressley's absence and ended up keeping him out of the starting eleven even after Pressley's suspension ended. Pressley retired from international football in February 2008 when he was named as Scotland's assistant coach, but continued to play club football until his official retirement in June 2009.
Pressley had his first experience as a manager while still a player when he took charge of Heart of Midlothian as joint (Caretaker Manager) for two games at the end of the 2004-2005 SPL season, losing both of the games.
Along with Terry Butcher, Pressley was named as an assistant to the Scotland manager George Burley in February 2008. Pressley was Hearts' captain, and club captain, under Burley during his short reign at Tynecastle. Pressley is currently sitting his UEFA pro license. He left his post as Scotland assistant coach following the country's unsuccessful World Cup qualifying campaign on 16 September 2009.
During the summer of 2009, Pressley was appointed as an assistant manager at Falkirk, following his retirement as a player. Following the resignation of manager Eddie May on 11 February 2010, Pressley was appointed Falkirk manager on a contract until the end of the 2009–10 season. Falkirk were relegated to the First Division at the end of the 2009–10 season. Despite failing to gain promotion back to the SPL at the first attempt, Falkirk extended his contract for another year.
Coventry City manager
Pressley was announced as the new manager of League One side Coventry City on 8 March 2013. He took over the position from Mark Robins, who resigned to join Huddersfield Town. Steven Pressley won his first match in charge the following day, 2-1 away at Scunthorpe. Later in March 2013, the club went into administration and were deducted 10 points, dropping Coventry City from 10th to 14th in the 2012–13 Football League One. Coventry City finished the season in 15th place. In the 2013–14 Football League One season, Coventry City started with a 10 point deduction and had to play all of their home games in Northampton, 34 miles away. Despite these obstacles, the club avoided relegation and finished in 18th place, and were realistic play-off contenders before the mid-season departure of striker Leon Clarke.
Following Coventry City's positive start to the 2014-15 season, speculation arose as to Pressley's future at the club, with rumours that Championship club Huddersfield Town were interested in appointing him. Coventry returned to the Ricoh Arena in early September, winning 1-0 before a crowd of 27,500 fans. Pressley signed a four year contract with Coventry City in September 2014. The team struggled for form following Pressley's contract renewal with a low-point coming when Coventry City were knocked out of the 2014–15 FA Cup by non-league club Worcester City. After a poor run of results in early 2015, Pressley was sacked by Coventry City on 23 February.
- Scottish Cup (1): 1992-93
- Scottish Premier Division (2): 1992-93, 1993-94
- Scottish League Cup (2): 1992-93, 1993-94
- Dundee Utd
- As of 21 February 2015[update]
|Falkirk||11 February 2010||8 March 2013||144||63||35||46||43.75|
|Coventry City||8 March 2013||23 February 2015||100||32||30||38||32.00|
Personal awards and achievements
- Scottish Premier League Player of the Month: February 2004
- Scottish Football League Manager of the Month: September 2011
- Falkirk FC Managers
- "Celtic sign ex-Hearts star Steven Pressley". RTÉ Sport. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
- "Steven Pressley: Coventry City appoint Falkirk boss as manager". BBC News. BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
- "Hearts fans to have say over third Hall of Fame induction". The Scotsman. 30 September 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2010.
- "Romanov issues player ultimatum". BBC Sport website. 27 October 2006.
- "Hearts 1–1 Dunfermline Athletic". BBC Sport website. 28 October 2006.
- "Pressley loses captain's armband". BBC Sport website. 13 November 2006.
- "Pressley and Hearts part company". BBC Sport website. 9 December 2006.
- "Celtic win race to sign Pressley". BBC Sport website. 29 December 2006.
- Lindsay, Clive (25 February 2007). "Inverness CT 1–2 Celtic". BBC. Retrieved 17 January 2010.
- Lindsay, Clive (29 April 2007). "Celtic 1–3 Hearts". BBC. Retrieved 17 January 2010.
- Taylor, Julian (26 May 2007). "Celtic 1–0 Dunfermline". BBC Sport website.
- "Pressley joins Randers". Thescotsman.scotsman.com. Retrieved 2010-02-26.
- "Pressley makes Danish move". Sportinglife.com. Retrieved 2010-02-26.
- "Bairns pick up Pressley". Skysports.com. 13 January 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-26.
- "France spoil Scottish party". BBC Sport website. 29 March 2000.
- Pressley set to equal Scots cap record at Hearts Scotsman.com Sport, 2 September 2006. Accessed 16 October 2006
- Moffat, Colin (11 October 2006). "Ukraine 2–0 Scotland". BBC Sport website.
- "Hearts Management Stats". Retrieved 15 April 2011.
- "Butcher and Pressley join Scots". BBC Sport website. 4 February 2008.
- "Pressley exits post with Scotland" BBC Sport website (26 September 2009)
- "Steven Pressley succeeds Eddie May as Falkirk manager". BBC Sport. 11 February 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2010.
- "Falkirk extend Steven Pressley's contract as manager". BBC Sport. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
- "Coventry City deducted 10 points by the Football League". BBC Sport (BBC). 28 March 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
- "Coventry City groundshare with Northampton 'a disaster'". BBC News. BBC. 4 July 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
- "Coventry City: Steven Pressley sacked by struggling Sky Blues". BBC Sport. BBC. 23 February 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
- Steven Pressley career statistics at Soccerbase
- Hearts profile at London Hearts
- Scotland profile at London Hearts