Billy McEwan (footballer, born 1951)
McEwan managing York City in 2007
|Full name||William Johnston McGowan McEwan|
|Date of birth||20 June 1951|
|Place of birth||Cleland, Scotland|
|1974||Brighton & Hove Albion||27||(3)|
|1995||Derby County (caretaker)|
|2002||Derby County (caretaker)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
William Johnston McGowan "Billy" McEwan (born 20 June 1951) is a Scottish former footballer and manager. He had a 14-year playing career in the Scottish and English professional leagues, playing for seven different clubs. McEwan then undertook a coaching career; he has managed six different English league clubs, plus one club on a caretaker basis twice. McEwan was most recently the manager of Antigua Barracuda but left the post in 2011.
Born in Cleland, North Lanarkshire, McEwan started his playing career as a midfielder with Scottish non-League side Pumpherston Juniors before joining Hibernian in 1969, making 60 appearances and scoring two goals for the Edinburgh club. McEwan left Hibernian in May 1973 to join Blackpool, and went on to play for Brighton & Hove Albion, Chesterfield, Mansfield Town, Peterborough United and Rotherham United whom he left in the 1982–83 season.
McEwan's first coaching appointment was at Sheffield United after he replaced Ian Porterfield as manager on 27 March 1986. The following season Sheffield United finished ninth in Second Division after an unspectacular season. More disappointing performances in the 1987–88 season followed, and McEwan was forced to resign before taking over as manager of Rotherham United and guided them to the Fourth Division Championship in the 1988–89 season. McEwan later had a spell as manager at Darlington, but he was replaced by Alan Murray midway through his second season.
McEwan then spent nine years on the coaching team at Derby County. He was caretaker manager there twice in April to June 1995 and in January 2002, after the sackings of Roy McFarland and Colin Todd respectively. In 2003 he was sacked by the then manager John Gregory, but was restored into the post when he was found to have been unfairly dismissed. Altogether he was on the coaching staff under five managers at Derby. He left Derby on 19 October 2004, saying "I am looking for a new challenge. The time was right for me to move on".
McEwan was appointed as manager of York City on 10 February 2005, where in his first full season he achieved a position of eighth in the Conference National. McEwan said that he rejected an offer from an unnamed Football League club to take over as their manager in October 2005. During October 2006, he threatened to walk out on the club if the fans were not satisfied with his efforts.
McEwan issued a public apology to York City's supporters and on loan West Bromwich Albion striker Rob Elvins after the team's home defeat to Conference bottom club Tamworth on 3 February 2007. McEwan was named Conference Manager of the Month for April 2007, but was then sacked by York on 19 November 2007.
McEwan was linked with the managerial vacancy at Mansfield Town in March 2008, and he was appointed as their manager on a three-year contract on 4 July 2008. McEwan was sacked by the club on 10 December.
As a player
As a manager
- As of match played 9 December 2008.
|Sheffield United||27 March 1986||2 January 1988||86||27||25||34||31.4|||
|Rotherham United||1 April 1988||1 January 1991||141||52||40||49||36.9|||
|Darlington||1 May 1992||4 October 1993||57||13||19||25||22.8|||
|Derby County (caretaker)||29 April 1995||15 June 1995||1||0||0||1||0.0|||
|Derby County (caretaker)||14 January 2002||30 January 2002||2||0||0||2||0.0|||
|York City||10 February 2005||19 November 2007||131||52||31||48||39.7|||
|Mansfield Town||4 July 2008||10 December 2008||26||8||6||12||30.8|||
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- Flett, Dave (5 February 2007). "McEwan apologises after his sloppy side succumb to Lambs". The Press (York). Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- "York City dismiss manager McEwan". BBC Sport. 19 November 2007. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- "Boss McEwan sacked by Mansfield". BBC Sport. 10 December 2008. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- Baptiste, Neto (25 March 2010). "Barracudas want 'Billy'". Antigua Sun. Retrieved 30 April 2010.[dead link]
- Baptiste, Neto (9 April 2010). "Barracudas name squad". Antigua Sun. Retrieved 30 April 2010.[dead link]
- "Billy McEwan's managerial career". Soccerbase. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007.
- Batters, Dave (2008). York City: The Complete Record. Breedon Books. pp. 404–410, 420. ISBN 9-781859-836330.
- Williams, Tony; Wright, James, eds. (2009). Non-League Club Directory 2010. Tony Williams Publications. p. 120. ISBN 978-1-869833-66-4.
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