John Holt (footballer)
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|Full name||John Holt|
|Date of birth||21 November 1956|
|Place of birth||Dundee, Scotland|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
John Holt (born 21 November 1956) is a Scottish football coach and retired footballer. Playing primarily as a full-back, he began his career with Dundee United, where he made more than 400 appearances between 1974 and 1987. Holt won three major domestic trophies with the club, the Scottish League Cup in 1979 and 1980 and the Premier Division title in 1983, as well as appearing in the 1987 UEFA Cup Final. He also played for Dunfermline Athletic, Dundee and Forfar Athletic before becoming player-manager at Deveronvale and then Montrose. He has also managed Celtic Ladies as well as holding coaching roles at Forfar, Dundee and Dundee United. Holt also had a short period as caretaker manager of Montrose in 2016.
Dundee-born Holt played his part in all of Dundee United's successes in the 1980s, breaking into the first team in 1974 along with the likes of David Narey and Andy Gray, and made regular appearances in midfield or defence for the club until 1987, when he left for Dunfermline. He also played for Dundee and Forfar Athletic.
Holt became player-manager of Deveronvale and then Montrose. He returned to Dundee United in the mid-1990s and spent several years in many coaching roles, before leaving in 2003 when Ian McCall was appointed manager. Holt went on to become a scout for Celtic, operating in the Dundee area, before joining Dundee as youth development coach. In May 2012, Holt moved on to take an academy role at Dundee United. In February 2015, he became assistant manager on a temporary basis until the end of the season at Montrose under manager and former United team-mate Paul Hegarty. After staving off the threat of relegation into the Highland League in a two-leg play-off against Brora Rangers, Holt and Hegarty were offered and accepted their positions on a permanent basis. Both signed two-year deals. After Hegarty was sacked in November 2016, Holt was appointed caretaker manager of the club. Holt left the club after Stewart Petrie was appointed permanent manager on 4 December 2016.
- "Paul Hegarty sacked as Montrose manager". Montrose Review. Johnston Publishing Ltd. 16 November 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
- "Montrose look for new manager after sacking Paul Hegarty". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 November 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
- "Montrose: Stewart Petrie is new manager at Links Park". BBC Sport. BBC. 4 December 2016. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
- John Holt, Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database