Martin Canning

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Martin Canning
Martin Canning.jpg
Canning playing for Hamilton Academical
Personal information
Date of birth (1981-12-03) 3 December 1981 (age 37)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2006 Ross County 132 (10)
2001–2002Peterhead (loan) 21 (0)
2006–2008 Gretna 46 (1)
2008 Hibernian 12 (0)
2008–2017 Hamilton Academical 215 (8)
Total 426 (19)
Teams managed
2015 Hamilton Academical (caretaker)
2015–2019 Hamilton Academical
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Martin Canning (born 3 December 1981) is a Scottish football player and coach. Born in Glasgow, Canning played as a central defender for Ross County, Peterhead, Gretna, Hibernian and Hamilton Academical. He then managed Hamilton for four years in the SPFL. Canning, is currently Head of Coaching at North Kelvin United.

Playing career[edit]

Canning became Gretna's record signing in January 2006 after joining from Ross County in a £60,000 deal.[1] He made 46 appearances for Gretna, scoring once against Livingston, and helped them to promotion to the Scottish Premier League in the 2006–07 season. He was cup tied for their run to the 2006 Scottish Cup Final.[2]

His contract with Gretna was terminated by mutual consent on 31 January 2008 due to the ensuing financial crisis at Gretna.[3] Canning had to waive money he was due by Gretna to ensure that he was released from his contract[4] and he was subsequently named in a creditors list published by Gretna's administrator in April 2008.[5]

In February 2008, Canning signed a 16-month contract[4] on 16 February 2008 with Hibernian after impressing in two reserve games while on trial.[6] Canning made 12 league appearances for Hibs, but was released on 1 September 2008 to make way for new signing Souleymane Bamba.[7] Canning then signed for Hamilton Academical on the same day.[8]

Canning started coaching Hamilton's under-17 team, while continuing his playing career, in the 2012–13 season.[9] He signed a new one-year contract with Hamilton in May 2013.[10] A year later, he was part of the Accies team which won promotion to the Scottish Premiership, via a play-off win over his previous club Hibernian.[11] Canning maintained his playing registration after being appointed Hamilton manager in 2015. Despite only making three first team appearances in the 2015–16 season due to injury, he extended his playing contract by another year in May 2016.[12]

Coaching career[edit]

Canning became interim player-manager of Hamilton Academical in January 2015, after Alex Neil left to join Norwich City.[13] He was appointed manager on a permanent basis later that month, despite having lost all three matches as caretaker manager.[14].

Hamilton finished 11th in the 2016–17 Scottish Premiership, then avoided relegation by winning a play-off against Dundee United.[15][16] Hamilton again avoided relegation in 2017/18 by finishing in 10th place. Canning left Hamilton in January 2019 by mutual consent.[17][18]

Since departing Hamilton, Canning has been at Real Betis, Celtic, Leicester City, Preston, Aberdeen and Sunderland to assist with coaching.

In August 2019, Canning took on the role as Head of Coaching at North Kelvin United on an interim basis. In November 2019, he was appointed permanently.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 26 January 2019
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Hamilton Academical (caretaker) Scotland 9 January 2015 23 January 2015 3 0 0 3 2 10 −8 000.00
Hamilton Academical Scotland 23 January 2015 29 January 2019 176 42 44 90 185 294 −109 023.86
Total 179 42 44 93 187 304 −117 023.46



  1. ^ a b "Gretna conclude Canning's capture". BBC Sport. BBC. 25 January 2006.
  2. ^ "Gretna 1-0 St Mirren". BBC. 25 February 2006. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Gretna players hit by pay delay". BBC Sport. BBC. 18 February 2008.
  4. ^ a b "John Robertson Got Me Hibs Chance, Reveals Martin Canning". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. 19 February 2008.
  5. ^ "£9million in the red Gretna may fold in two weeks". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. 24 April 2008.
  6. ^ "Hibernian sign Martin Canning". Hibernian FC.
  7. ^ "Hibs sign Bamba from Dunfermline". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 September 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  8. ^ "Transfer deadline day". BBC Sport. BBC.
  9. ^ McGilvray, Andrew (2 August 2012). "Martin Canning says there is a lot to gain on both sides as he returns to Accies". Hamilton Advertiser. Scottish & Universal Newspapers Limited. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  10. ^ "Rangers goalkeeper Blair Currie to join Hamilton". BBC Sport. BBC. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  11. ^ "Hibernian 0 Hamilton Academical 2; Hamilton win 4-3 on penalties: match report". Daily Telegraph. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Hamilton Accies manager Martin Canning extends playing contract". BBC Sport. BBC. 30 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  13. ^ "Hamilton: Martin Canning becomes Accies' interim boss". BBC Sport. BBC. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  14. ^ Crawford, Kenny (23 January 2015). "Hamilton Academical: Martin Canning becomes new manager". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  15. ^ "Martin Canning thanks Hamilton Accies board for sticking by him". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2017.
  16. ^ "Greg Docherty sets perfect example for Accies' academy kids". The Scotsman. 30 May 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Club Statement: Martin Canning". Hamilton Academical FC. 29 January 2019. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  18. ^ "Martin Canning: Hamilton Academical part with manager". BBC Sport. 29 January 2019.
  19. ^ "Hamilton Academical: Martin Canning, David Templeton win November awards". BBC Sport. BBC. 6 December 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.

20. “Life after Hamilton”

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