Andy Watson (footballer, born 1959)

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Andy Watson
Personal information
Full name Andrew Watson
Date of birth (1959-09-03) 3 September 1959 (age 57)
Place of birth Aberdeen, Scotland
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Sunnyside B.C.
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1983 Aberdeen 97 (11)
1983–1984 Leeds United 38 (7)
1984–1987 Heart of Midlothian 46 (6)
1987–1989 Hibernian 31 (3)
Total 212 (27)
National team
1980–1982 Scotland U21 4 (1)
Teams managed
2015–2016 Ilkeston
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Andrew "Andy" Watson (born 3 September 1959) is a former professional footballer and coach.


During his playing career, Aberdeen-born Watson had spells at Leeds United, Hearts, Hibernian and Aberdeen. He joined the coaching staff at Hibs under Alex Miller and was persuaded by Alex McLeish, his former team mate at Aberdeen, to be his assistant at Motherwell in 1994. He later re-joined McLeish in moving to Hibernian and Rangers, where he was assistant manager until the end of the 2005–06 season.

From January 2007 he was one of McLeish's assistants with the Scotland national side, and in November 2007 followed McLeish when he was appointed manager of Birmingham City.[1] On 21 May 2013 he was appointed first team coach at Notts County,[2] but he was sacked on 27 October 2013, along with manager Chris Kiwomya.[3]

Watson joined Northern Premier Division side Ilkeston FC during the 2015 close season as an assistant head coach and technical director, working with head coach Gavin Strachan.[4] After Strachan left the club in October 2015, Watson was appointed head coach.[5] Watson has now been appointed as assistant coach to Gordon Strachan and the Scottish National team alongside assistant coach Mark McGhee since the departure of Stuart McCall.


  1. ^ "Birmingham unveil McLeish as boss". BBC. BBC Sport. 28 November 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2007. 
  2. ^ Watson appointed first team coach at Notts County
  3. ^ "Chris Kiwomya leaves Notts County by mutual consent". BBC. BBC Sport. 27 October 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Experienced Watson is Strachan's number two". Ilkeston Advertiser. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Ilkeston: New coach Andy Watson watches Robins beat Buxton". Derby Telegraph. 18 October 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 

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