Billy McKinlay

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Billy McKinlay
Personal information
Full name William Alexander McKinlay
Date of birth (1969-04-22) 22 April 1969 (age 46)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1984–1985 Hamilton Thistle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1995 Dundee United 222 (23)
1995–2000 Blackburn Rovers 91 (3)
2000 Leicester City (loan) 0 (0)
2000–2001 Bradford City 11 (0)
2001 Preston North End
2001–2002 Clydebank 8 (0)
2002–2004 Leicester City 53 (1)
2004–2005 Fulham 2 (0)
Total 387 (27)
National team
1990–1994 Scotland B 2 (0)
1993–1998 Scotland 29 (4)
Teams managed
2014 Watford

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

William Alexander "Billy" McKinlay (born 22 April 1969), is a Scottish football player and coach. He began his career with Dundee United, making over 200 league appearances, before joining Blackburn Rovers in 1995 for £1.75 miliion. He later played for Bradford City, Clydebank, Leicester City and Fulham . He appeared 29 times for Scotland and played at Euro 1996 and the 1998 World Cup. As a coach he has worked for Fulham, the Northern Ireland national team and Watford. He was appointed Watford head coach in September 2014 but left the post after eight days.

Playing career[edit]


A product of Dundee United's scouting and coaching network in the west of Scotland, Glasgow-born McKinlay was signed from Hamilton Thistle in 1986. He played in the 1988 Scottish Cup Final side at the age of 19, after only twelve Scottish Football League appearances. He went on to play over two hundred matches for United, but missed out on the club's 1994 Scottish Cup win due to suspension.

Following Dundee United's relegation in 1995, McKinlay requested a transfer. He was sold to English Premier League champions Blackburn Rovers in October 1995 for a fee of £1.75 million. After leaving Blackburn in 2000, McKinlay had brief spells with Bradford City, Preston North End and Clydebank. In 2002 he joined Leicester City, where he scored once in the Premier League, against Coventry City.[1] In 2004, Fulham manager Chris Coleman signed McKinlay, primarily to assist the reserve squad.


McKinlay represented Scotland at under-21 and B international level before making his full debut in 1993. He made fourteen appearances for Scotland while a Dundee United player, the last two as a First Division player. He is one of only three players from that division to play at full international level for Scotland since 1975. In total he played 29 times for Scotland between 1993 and 1998, scoring four goals. He was selected for the Euro 1996 and 1998 World Cup squads, making one appearance at each tournament.

Coaching career[edit]

On 21 December 2007, Fulham first-team coach Ray Lewington and reserve team manager McKinlay took over after manager Lawrie Sanchez was sacked. Roy Hodgson was appointed nine days later.[2] McKinlay coached Fulham's reserve side and developed youth talent, and in 2012 became Northern Ireland assistant manager, but returned to Fulham to manage the side's 4–0 defeat at Everton, on 28 April 2012 due to Martin Jol's chest infection and was again in charge on Merseyside, for Fulham's win against Liverpool. On 2 December 2013, McKinlay left Fulham after Martin Jol's departure a day earlier.[3]

McKinlay was appointed as Watford first-team coach, under head coach Óscar Garcia, on 26 September 2014.[4] McKinlay replaced Garcia a few days later as head coach, after the Spaniard resigned due to suffering from ill health.[5] McKinlay relinquished his role as Northern Ireland's assistant manager after becoming the Watford manager.[6] After just eight days in the job, McKinlay was replaced as Watford head coach by Slaviša Jokanović.[7] McKinlay had taken charge of two matches, a win against Brentford and a draw with Brighton.[7]

In November 2014, McKinlay joined Spanish club Real Sociedad as an assistant coach, working alongside David Moyes.[8]

Managerial statistics[edit]

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Watford England 29 September 2014 7 October 2014 2 1 1 0 50.00
Total 2 1 1 0 50.00
As of 7 October 2014


  1. ^ "Coventry 1–2 Leicester". BBC. 21 March 2003. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Fulham appoint Hodgson as manager". BBC Sport. 28 December 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Coaching Staff Update". Fulham FC. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "OFFICIAL: Hornets Appoint McKinlay As First Team Coach". Watford F.C. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Watford: Oscar Garcia replaced by Billy McKinlay as head coach, BBC Sport
  6. ^ Watford coach Billy McKinlay quits Northern Ireland role, BBC Sport
  7. ^ a b Watford: Slavisa Jokanovic replaces Billy McKinlay as boss, BBC Sport
  8. ^ "David Moyes: Billy McKinlay named Real Sociedad assistant". BBC Sport. BBC. 27 November 2014. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 

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