John McMahon (footballer, born 1949)

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John McMahon
Personal information
Date of birth (1949-12-07) 7 December 1949 (age 66)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Playing position Right back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970-1979 Preston North End 257 (7)
1970 Southend United (loan) 4 (0)
1979 Chesterfield (loan) 1 (0)
1979-1981 Crewe Alexandra 67 (2)
1981-1983 Wigan Athletic 71 (5)
1983-1984 Tranmere Rovers 40 (0)
Total 440 (14)
Teams managed
2003 Tranmere Rovers (Caretaker)
2008 Shrewsbury Town (Caretaker)
2009-2011 Liverpool F.C. Reserves
2014 Tranmere Rovers (Caretaker)

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

† Appearances (goals)

John McMahon (born 7 December 1949 in Manchester) is an English football player and coach.

Playing career[edit]

A full-back who joined Preston North End in 1965 aged sixteen, he made his first team debut on 6 October 1970 in a League Cup tie against West Bromwich Albion.[1]

He had a loan spell at Southend United in 1970-71 (playing 4 games) before establishing himself as a first team regular in 1971-72 when he was named as the club's Player of the Year.

In total he played 291 games for Preston (including 1 as substitute) between 1970 and 1979 and scored 6 goals. He played one game on loan at Chesterfield before moving to Crewe Alexandra in 1979.

Coaching career[edit]

McMahon spent eight years on the coaching staff of Tranmere Rovers, where he had two spells as caretaker manager, in the 2003–04 season and at the end of the 2005–06 season.

He moved to become first-team coach at Shrewsbury Town in June 2006,[2] and was made assistant manager in September 2007.[3] During this period he completed his UEFA Pro Licence in coaching during 2006.[4] On 3 March 2008 he was appointed caretaker manager, after the departure of manager Gary Peters.[5] The appointment of Paul Simpson on 12 March saw him resume the assistant role.

On 8 June 2009, John was appointed reserve team coach of Liverpool, replacing Gary Ablett.[6][7] He took charge of the reserve team for the first time on 18 July 2009, when the a Liverpool XI beat Aberystwyth Town 4-1 in a friendly.[8] On 11 March 2011 it was announced that he would no longer be a coach at Liverpool.

In June 2011 he rejoined the coaching staff at Tranmere as first team coach. McMahon was appointed caretaker manager of Tranmere in February 2014, after the suspension of Ronnie Moore.[9] He left the club in August 2014.[10]

Personal life[edit]

McMahon is the brother of Liverpool and England player Steve McMahon.[11]


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gary Ablett
Liverpool F.C. Reserves Coach
Succeeded by
José Segura