Jackie McNamara

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This article is about the former Celtic and Scotland player, born 1973. For his father, who played for Celtic, Hibs and Morton, see Jackie McNamara, Sr.
Jackie McNamara
Jackie McNamara 07-09-2014 1.jpg
McNamara playing in a charity match in 2014
Personal information
Full name Jackie McNamara[1]
Date of birth (1973-10-24) 24 October 1973 (age 42)[1]
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
York City (manager)
Youth career
Cumbernauld Colts
0000–1991 Gairdoch United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1995 Dunfermline Athletic 79 (3)
1995–2005 Celtic 256 (10)
2005–2007 Wolverhampton Wanderers 29 (0)
2007–2008 Aberdeen 17 (0)
2008–2010 Falkirk 42 (0)
2010 Partick Thistle (loan) 4 (0)
2010–2011 Partick Thistle 15 (0)
Total 442 (13)
National team
1994–1996 Scotland U21 12 (1)
1996 Scotland B 1 (0)
1996–2005 Scotland 33 (0)
Teams managed
2011–2013 Partick Thistle
2013–2015 Dundee United
2015– York City

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


Jackie McNamara (born 24 October 1973) is a Scottish former professional footballer who is the current manager of League Two club York City. He is a former Scotland international, who filled a variety of defensive roles in his playing career.

McNamara began his playing career with Dunfermline Athletic before joining Celtic in 1995. During ten years at the club he won the Scottish Premier League title four times and the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup three times each. He then played in England with Wolverhampton Wanderers before returning to Scotland, finishing his career with spells at Aberdeen, Falkirk and Partick Thistle.

In international football, McNamara played for Scotland at under-21 and B international levels, and made 33 full international appearances. He was a member of the Scotland squad that played at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

McNamara moved into management with Partick Thistle in April 2011, before his appointment at Dundee United in January 2013. He was sacked by Dundee United in September 2015, and two months later took over as manager of York City.

Early life[edit]

McNamara was born in Glasgow[1] and is the son of Jackie McNamara, Sr., a former professional footballer.[2] He played youth football for Cumbernauld Colts[3] and Falkirk-based Gairdoch United.[4]

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Dunfermline Athletic[edit]

McNamara joined Dunfermline Athletic from Gairdoch United on 17 September 1991.[1]

Celtic[edit]

McNamara moved to Celtic for a £600,000 fee on 3 October 1995.[1] He made an impressive start to his Celtic career, being named PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year in 1996.[5] McNamara won his first trophy with the club in the 1997–98 season when Celtic won the Scottish Premier Division, preventing arch-rivals Rangers from winning ten-in-a-row,[5] which would have seen them eclipse Celtic's record of nine-in-a-row.[citation needed] He was recognised for his performances this season by his fellow players when being named the PFA Scotland Players' Player of the Year in 1998.[5] He featured regularly in the Celtic first eleven until the arrival of Martin O'Neill in the 2000–01 season saw him become more of a fringe player,[5] although he did score the opening goal in the 2001 Scottish Cup Final, a 3–1 win over Hibernian at Hampden Park.[6]

McNamara re-established himself in the team in 2003–04[5] and was awarded the SFWA Footballer of the Year in 2004, beating off competition from his teammates Henrik Larsson and Chris Sutton.[7] The following year McNamara was named captain when Paul Lambert was injured.[5] McNamara proved himself a consistent and reliable performer on the field, playing almost every game in the league in the 2004–05 season.[citation needed] To reward his loyalty to the club over a ten-year period, Celtic played a testimonial match against the Republic of Ireland.[citation needed] The match ended 1–0 a win for the Republic of Ireland.[citation needed] At the end of the 2004–05 season Martin O'Neill left as manager and Celtic brought in Gordon Strachan as his replacement.[citation needed]

McNamara's contract was also due to expire at the end of the 2004–05 season. Strachan assured McNamara that he wanted him at the club[8] but Celtic were slow to offer a new contract, waiting until the close season to do so. By that time McNamara had already accepted an offer from Wolverhampton Wanderers as he had assumed Celtic no longer wanted his services.[9] As he went on record saying he still wanted to play for the club, he was told he was still needed by the club by its manager, and he was offered the contract he wanted while still in a position to accept it, the incident has caused much speculation amongst supporters and the media as to who was to blame for his departure from Celtic. The club accused McNamara of being unreasonable and of moving for monetary reasons. They also blamed his agent for not encouraging negotiations and setting unhelpful deadlines.[8]

McNamara had gone on record as saying he wanted to end his career with Celtic[10] and seemed to be bemused when no new contract was forthcoming. After he had accepted the Wolves offer, McNamara felt that Celtic showed a lack of respect to him in their comments to the media and he accused them of harming his reputation for their own benefit. It also emerged that in his new contract at Wolves, he was earning the same wages as his previous contract with Celtic.[11]

Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

However McNamara had agreed with then manager Glenn Hoddle that he would join Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer of 2005 on a free transfer under the Bosman ruling.[citation needed] After a promising start to his Wolves career, McNamara sustained a cruciate knee ligament injury in the home match with Leicester City in September 2005.[citation needed] He came back in the penultimate game of the 2005/06 season at home to Brighton & Hove Albion.[citation needed]

Aberdeen[edit]

McNamara joined Aberdeen from Wolves on a two-year contract in May 2007,[12] but he left Pittodrie before the end of the season, with manager Jimmy Calderwood citing "travelling and injuries" as the reasons for his departure.[13] Three weeks later, it was revealed that McNamara would join Falkirk for the 2008–09 season.[14]

Falkirk[edit]

McNamara signed a two-year contract at Falkirk in May 2008.[15]

Partick Thistle[edit]

McNamara signed a one-month loan deal with Partick Thistle in February 2010, making him available to debut the following day against Dundee if selected.[16] The terms of the deal allowed it to be extended beyond its initial period, but McNamara suffered a leg break during a match against Ayr United, prematurely ending his 2009–10 season.[17] McNamara subsequently signed a one-year contract with Thistle for the 2010–11 season,[18] which then continued on a one-year rolling contract basis.[19]

International[edit]

McNamara made his debut for the Scotland national under-21 team in a 2–1 away win over Greece on 13 December 1994, in a 1996 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier.[20] His first goal came in the reverse fixture, a 3–0 home win on 15 August 1995.[21] McNamara finished his under-21 career with 12 caps and one goal, earned between 1994 and 1996.[20][21] He was capped once by the B team, in a 3–0 away defeat to Denmark on 23 April 1996,[22] before making his debut for the senior team in a 2–0 away win over Latvia in a 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier on 5 October 1996.[23] He was selected for the Scotland squad in the 1998 FIFA World Cup.[5] He did not feature in the opening match, a 2–1 defeat against defending champions Brazil in Paris.[citation needed] His introduction from the bench in Scotland's second match, against Norway in Bordeaux, was seen as pivotal in wiping out a one-goal deficit.[citation needed] The game finished in a 1–1 draw, leaving Scotland with a chance of qualification to the knockout stages.[citation needed] Ultimately the efforts were futile as Morocco were victorious in St Etienne with a 3–0 win in the final match and Norway managed to qualify from the group with a win against Brazil.[citation needed] McNamara earned 33 caps for Scotland between 1996 and 2005.[24]

Management career[edit]

Partick Thistle[edit]

McNamara began his managerial career at Partick Thistle where he was appointed caretaker manager on 15 April 2011, after Ian McCall left his job.[25] He was then appointed manager on a one-year rolling contract a month later.[26] Thistle performed well in his second season as manager, reaching the 2012–13 Scottish Challenge Cup final and lying in second place in the 2012–13 Scottish First Division in late January 2013.[27] At this point he left Thistle to take the vacant position at SPL club Dundee United.[27] McNamara was replaced at Partick Thistle by Alan Archibald, a former Thistle and Dundee United defender.[28]

Dundee United[edit]

McNamara's first match in charge of his new club was a fifth round Scottish Cup tie with Third Division Rangers on 2 February 2013.[29] United won 3–0, with Johnny Russell putting the home side ahead in the first minute of the match.[29] The following week United defeated Hearts 3–1 in McNamara's first Scottish Premier League match as manager of the side.[30] It was the side's first league win at home since August 2012.[citation needed] On 24 February 2014, McNamara extended his contract with Dundee United until 2017.[31]

McNamara's first full season at Tannadice saw United reach the Scottish Cup final, which his side lost 2-0 to St Johnstone.[32] The following season United lost the League Cup final to Celtic, 2-0.[33] The latter few months of that season also saw a sharp dip in United's form following the sale in Janaury 2015 of Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong.[34]

Reports following Dundee United's 2–1 defeat to St Johnstone on 26 September 2015 suggested McNamara had been relieved of his duties,[35][36] which was confirmed by the club two days later.[37]

York City[edit]

McNamara with York City in 2016

McNamara was appointed manager of League Two club York City on 4 November 2015,[38] and his first match in charge came three days later, with a 3–2 away defeat to Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup first round.[39]

Personal life[edit]

McNamara co-wrote a television sitcom pilot with Scottish actor and comedy writer Fran Gilhooley called The Therapy Room, starring Jackie's actor brother, Donny.[40] The show is based around a young footballer who is catapulted from amateur football to the English top flight, and is partly based around McNamara's own experiences as a player and manager.[40]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dunfermline Athletic 1992–93[41] Scottish First Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 4 0
1993–94[42] Scottish First Division 39 0 2 0 0 0 2[a] 0 43 0
1994–95[43] Scottish First Division 30 2 1 0 1 0 3[a] 0 35 2
1995–96[44] Scottish First Division 7 1 2 0 3[a] 1 12 2
Total 79 3 3 0 3 0 9 1 94 4
Celtic 1995–96[45] Scottish Premier Division 26 1 4 0 0 0 30 1
1996–97[46] Scottish Premier Division 30 1 5 0 3 0 4[b] 0 42 1
1997–98[47] Scottish Premier Division 31 2 2 0 4 0 6[b] 1 43 3
1998–99[48] Scottish Premier League 16 0 2 0 1 0 6[c] 0 25 0
1999–2000[49] Scottish Premier League 23 0 0 0 4 0 4[b] 0 31 0
2000–01[6] Scottish Premier League 30 3 4 3 3 1 5[b] 0 42 7
2001–02[50] Scottish Premier League 20 0 4 0 2 0 4[d] 0 30 0
2002–03[51] Scottish Premier League 19 1 2 0 0 0 7[e] 0 28 1
2003–04[52] Scottish Premier League 27 1 4 0 1 0 11[f] 0 43 1
2004–05[53] Scottish Premier League 34 1 4 0 1 0 5[g] 0 44 1
Total 256 10 31 3 19 1 52 1 358 15
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2005–06[54] Championship 10 0 0 0 1 0 11 0
2006–07[55] Championship 19 0 2 0 0 0 2[h] 0 23 0
Total 29 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 34 0
Aberdeen 2007–08[56] Scottish Premier League 17 0 3 0 2 0 3[b] 0 25 0
Falkirk 2008–09[57] Scottish Premier League 29 0 4 0 4 0 37 0
2009–10[58] Scottish Premier League 13 0 1 0 1 0 2[i] 0 17 0
Total 42 0 5 0 5 0 2 0 54 0
Partick Thistle (loan) 2009–10[59] Scottish First Division 4 0 4 0
Partick Thistle 2010–11[60] Scottish First Division 15 0 1 0 0 0 2[a] 0 18 0
Total 19 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 22 0
Career total 442 13 45 3 30 1 70 2 587 19
  1. ^ a b c d e Appearance(s) in Scottish Challenge Cup
  2. ^ a b c d e Appearances in UEFA Cup
  3. ^ Four appearances in UEFA Champions League, two in UEFA Cup
  4. ^ Three appearances in UEFA Champions League, one in UEFA Cup
  5. ^ One appearance in UEFA Champions League, six in UEFA Cup
  6. ^ Five appearances in UEFA Champions League, six in UEFA Cup
  7. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  8. ^ Appearances in Championship play-offs
  9. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Scotland[24] 1996 2 0
1997 2 0
1998 5 0
2000 2 0
2001 1 0
2002 2 0
2003 9 0
2004 5 0
2005 5 0
Total 33 0

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 7 May 2016.
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref
P W D L Win %
Partick Thistle 15 April 2011 30 January 2013 75 34 17 24 45.3 [61]
Dundee United 30 January 2013 28 September 2015 119 51 24 44 42.9 [61]
York City 4 November 2015 Present 32 5 7 20 15.6 [61]
Total 226 90 48 88 39.8

Honours[edit]

Celtic

Individual

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