John Holt (footballer)

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John Holt
Personal information
Full name John Holt
Date of birth (1956-11-21) 21 November 1956 (age 60)
Place of birth Dundee, Scotland
Playing position Full-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1987 Dundee United 269 (17)
1987–1988 Dunfermline Athletic 48 (2)
1988–1990 Dundee 21 (0)
1990–1992 Forfar Athletic 51 (0)
1992–1993 Deveronvale
1993–1994 Montrose 1 (0)
Teams managed
1992–1993 Deveronvale
1993–1994 Montrose
2007–2008 Celtic Women
2016 Montrose (caretaker)
* 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.

Playing career[edit]

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.

Coaching career[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] After Hegarty was sacked in November 2016, Holt was appointed caretaker manager of the club.[4][5] Holt left the club after Stewart Petrie was appointed permanent manager on 4 December 2016.[6]



Dundee United


External links[edit]

  • John Holt, Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database