John McGlynn (Scottish footballer)

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John McGlynn
Personal information
Full name John McGlynn
Date of birth (1961-12-19) 19 December 1961 (age 55)
Place of birth Musselburgh, Scotland
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1979–1980 Bolton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1983 Berwick Rangers 56 (2)
1983–1984 Musselburgh Athletic
1984–1987 Whitehill Welfare
1995–1997 Musselburgh Athletic
Teams managed
Easthouses Lily
Musselburgh Athletic
2005 Heart of Midlothian (caretaker)
2006–2012 Raith Rovers
2012–2013 Heart of Midlothian
2013–2014 Livingston

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

John McGlynn (born 19 December 1961) is a Scottish football player and manager.

Playing career[edit]

Musselburgh-born McGlynn enjoyed a brief senior playing career with Berwick Rangers, having been a youth player with Bolton Wanderers. After three years with The Borderers, McGlynn dropped out of the senior game into junior football, firstly with Musselburgh Athletic then Whitehill Welfare.[1]

During his time at Ferguson Park, McGlynn started coaching youth sides and gradually coaching rather than playing became his primary function. He was subsequently appointed co-manager at Easthouses Lily before returning to Musselburgh as manager in his own right.

Coaching and management[edit]

In 1996, McGlynn was invited to assist with coaching the youth sides at Heart of Midlothian by newly appointed manager Jim Jefferies, initially on a part-time basis. Within two years he had earned a permanent position, eventually working his way up to the position of first-team coach.

He was twice appointed manager on a caretaker basis in 2005, after the departures of John Robertson[2] and George Burley.[3]

Raith Rovers[edit]

McGlynn ended his ten-year association with Hearts when he was appointed Raith Rovers manager on 20 November 2006.[4] Rovers' second season in the Scottish Second Division ended in disappointment, finishing third and beaten in the promotion play-off semi-finals against Stirling Albion. In 2007–08, McGlynn's first full season, Raith again finished third and fell at the first play-off hurdle, losing to Airdrie United. In 2008–09, however, McGlynn guided Raith to the Second Division title and subsequent promotion back to the First Division.

McGlynn won his first manager of the month award as a Division One manager in March 2010.[5] McGlynn led Raith to a comfortable 7th place and took the club into their first Scottish Cup semi-final for 47 years, beating Peterhead, Airdrie, Aberdeen and Dundee. Raith were eliminated by eventual Cup winners Dundee United.

McGlynn then led Raith to a First Division championship challenge in 2010–11. Despite losing out to Fife derby rivals Dunfermline Athletic in the final weeks of the season, McGlynn won the PFA Scotland Manager of the Year award.[6] In the 2011–12 season, however, Raith struggled against relegation from the First Division.[7]


McGlynn was appointed manager of Hearts on 26 June 2012.[8] With the restricted budget imposed by the club's financial situation he was only able to bring in two new signings and he put his faith in many young players coming through the youth ranks.

Hearts started the SPL season badly under McGlynn, with only one win in the first six games, and lost in the Europa League play-off against Liverpool 2–1 on aggregate, drawing at Anfield. In the League Cup they defeated Livingston and Dundee United to reach the semi-final, but they lost 1–0 to city rivals Hibernian in the 4th round of the Scottish Cup. Hearts progressed to the 2013 Scottish League Cup Final, but poor league results led to McGlynn departing by mutual consent on 28 February 2013.[9]


On 12 September 2013, McGlynn was appointed manager of Livingston, replacing the departing Richie Burke.[10] He was initially given a contract until the end of the 2013–14 season.[11] After overseeing good results that improved Livingston's league position, McGlynn agreed an extended rolling contract with the club.[11] McGlynn left Livingston by mutual consent in December 2014.[12]

Celtic hired McGlynn as a first team scout in January 2015.[13]


Raith Rovers

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 16 December 2014.
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Raith Rovers Scotland November 2006 July 2012 249 106 64 79 42.57
Heart of Midlothian Scotland July 2012 February 2013 34 10 10 14 29.41
Livingston Scotland September 2013 December 2014 58 22 9 27 37.93
Total 341 138 83 120 40.47

  • SPFL clubs only. Caretaker spells not included.


  1. ^ "John still hale and hearty". Sport. 29 March 2006. 
  2. ^ "McGlynn: Elvis in good nick". Sport. 14 May 2005. 
  3. ^ "McGlynn calling for brave Hearts". Sport. 25 October 2005. 
  4. ^ "Raith Rovers appoint McGlynn boss". BBC Sport. BBC. 20 November 2006. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "PFA awards for John McGlynn and John Baird". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 May 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "John McGlynn goes from SPL hopes to relegation scrap". STV. STV Group. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "John McGlynn departs for Tynecastle". Raith Rovers FC. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "John McGlynn departs Hearts manager position". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 February 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Richie Burke resigns". Livingston F.C. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "McGlynn signs new Livingston contract". Edinburgh Evening News. Johnston Publishing. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  12. ^ Manager John McGlynn departs Livingston 'by mutual consent', BBC Sport
  13. ^ Morgan, James (19 January 2015). "Former Hearts manager takes up Celtic post". The Herald. Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 21 January 2015.