Ray McKinnon (footballer)

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Ray McKinnon
Personal information
Full name Raymond McKinnon[1]
Date of birth (1970-08-05) 5 August 1970 (age 46)
Place of birth Dundee, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Dundee United (manager)
Youth career
1986–1988 Dundee United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1992 Dundee United 53 (6)
1992–1994 Nottingham Forest 6 (1)
1994–1995 Aberdeen 26 (0)
1995–1998 Dundee United 43 (6)
1998–1999 Luton Town 30 (2)
1999–2000 Livingston 22 (2)
2000 Raith Rovers 3 (1)
2000 Portadown 1 (0)
2000 Stirling Albion 1 (0)
2000–2001 East Fife 3 (0)
2001 Torquay United 0 (0)
2001–2003 Montrose 32 (2)
2003 Raith Rovers 12 (2)
2004–2005 Lochee United
2005–2006 Broughty Athletic
National team
1990–1992 Scotland U21[2] 6 (1)
Teams managed
2004–2005 Lochee United
2006–2008 Lochee United
2012–2015 Brechin City
2015–2016 Raith Rovers
2016– Dundee United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Raymond McKinnon (born 5 August 1970) is a Scottish football player and manager, who is currently the manager of Dundee United. As a player, McKinnon was a midfielder whose clubs included Dundee United, Nottingham Forest, Aberdeen, Livingston, Raith Rovers and Montrose. He also represented the Scotland under-21 team. McKinnon began his managerial career in junior football with Lochee United before managing senior clubs Brechin City, Raith Rovers and Dundee United, where he was appointed in 2016.

Playing career[edit]

McKinnon was born in Dundee on 5 August 1970. He started his career with Dundee United, turning professional on 12 August 1986. He soon gained attention as one of the most promising young midfielders in Scottish football. He impressed Brian Clough enough to win a £750,000 move to Nottingham Forest in July 1992, but almost as quickly as he had arrived found himself out of first team contention, Clough deciding that his skilful passing was not what he wanted for his midfield. He left to join Aberdeen on 8 February 1994, costing the Dons £300,000.

He returned to Dundee United on 3 November 1995, for a fee of £200,000, where he famously scored a hat-trick of free-kicks in a 3–2 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in February 1997. He remained at Tannadice Park until being released at the end of the 1997–98 season during which he had struggled to gain a first team place. In the close-season he attracted interest from Crystal Palace, as well as French sides Auxerre and Bordeaux, but after initially being on trial,[3] joined Luton Town on 6 August. He left to join Livingston on 12 September 1999, and after an injury hit season and a trial with Wolverhampton Wanderers under Colin Lee,[4] joined Raith Rovers on a short-term contract on 28 July 2000.

Raith were unable to meet his wage demands,[5] so he left and began training with Ayr United. He joined Portadown in October 2000,[6] playing one game. In need of first team football to regain his match fitness he joined Stirling Albion on trial on 27 October, playing in the match against Queen's Park at Hampden Park. He joined East Fife, originally as a triallist on 17 November, leaving on 25 January.

On 15 March 2001 he joined Torquay United on non-contract terms, but left just five days later without appearing in the first team after the re-emergence of a groin injury. He returned to Torquay as a triallist on 30 July 2001, but along with most of the many players Roy McFarland considered during the round of pre-season friendlies was released without earning a contract.

In November 2001 he joined Montrose as a triallist, making his debut in the 1–1 draw with Stirling Albion at Forthbank on 10 November and scoring two weeks later in the 2–1 win over East Fife. Although linked with a return to England to have another attempt at breaking back into full-time football, he signed a deal to stay with Montrose until the end of the season in December 2001.[7] He remained with Montrose until joining Raith Rovers for a second time in January 2003.[8]

Coaching career[edit]

McKinnon moved to Lochee United in 2004, before leaving in July 2005 to take up a player/coach position with Broughty Athletic. McKinnon returned as Lochee manager in 2006.

He was linked with the managerial posts at both Brechin City and Montrose in December 2008, with Lochee stating their desire that he stay until at least the end of their run in the Scottish FA Cup.[9]

On 16 July[when?], McKinnon was appointed the new Technical Development Officer with the Scottish Football Association. He replaced Mark McNally, who became assistant manager at Scottish First Division club Morton.

McKinnon was appointed manager of Scottish Second Division club Brechin City on 9 October 2012.[10]

On 23 May 2015, it was confirmed that McKinnon had been appointed manager of Raith Rovers.[11] McKinnon guided Raith to fourth place in the 2015–16 Scottish Championship, qualifying for the promotion playoffs. He resigned on 11 May, after entering discussions with Dundee United about their managerial vacancy.[12] On the following day, Dundee United announced that they had appointed McKinnon as their manager on a three-year contract.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Playing[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1988–89 Dundee United Scottish Premier Division 1 0 - - - 1 0
1989–90 10 0 1 0 - - 11 0
1990–91 17 2 4 1 2 0 1 0 24 3
1991–92 25 4 - - - 25 4
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1992–93 Nottingham Forest Premier League 6 1 N/A N/A N/A 6 1
1993–94 Football League First Division
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1993–94 Aberdeen Scottish Premier Division 26 0 N/A N/A N/A 26 0
1994–95
1995–96
Dundee United Scottish First Division 24 0 3 0 - - 27 0
1996–97 Scottish Premier Division 24 6 5 0 2 0 - 31 6
1997–98 9 0 2 0 1 0 - 12 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1998–99 Luton Town Football League Second Division 30 2 2 0 5 0 - 37 2
1999-00 3 0 - 1 0 - 4 0
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1999-00 Livingston Scottish First Division 22 2 2 2 1 0 - 25 4
2000–01 Raith Rovers Scottish First Division 3 1 - 2 0 - 5 1
Stirling Albion Scottish Second Division 1 0 - - - 1 0
East Fife Scottish Third Division 3 0 2 0 - - 5 0
2001–02 Montrose 19 2 - - - 19 2
2002–03 11 0 1 0 - - 12 0
Raith Rovers Scottish Second Division 12 2 - - - 12 2

Managerial[edit]

As of match played 28 May 2017
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Brechin City October 2012 May 2015 116 50 26 40 43.10
Raith Rovers May 2015 May 2016 43 23 7 13 53.49
Dundee United May 2016 Present 54 26 16 12 48.15
Total 213 99 49 65 46.48

Managerial Honours[edit]

Dundee United


Personal life[edit]

McKinnon opened a restaurant in Dundee in 2004.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ray McKinnon". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Scotland U21 Player Ray McKinnon Details". 
  3. ^ "French deal on at Dens:Between the football lines". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers. 21 July 1998. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "French starts talk". The Wolves Site. 27 July 2000. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  5. ^ "Raith lose three to Livingston". BBC Sport. 27 September 2000. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  6. ^ "The Young Ones meet in cup". BBC Sport. 18 October 2000. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  7. ^ "Peterhead head signings". BBC Sport. 28 December 2001. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  8. ^ "Fife clubs add signings". BBC Sport. 16 January 2003. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  9. ^ "Lochee United will fight to hang onto boss Ray McKinnon". Daily Record. 18 December 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  10. ^ Spence, Jim (9 October 2012). "Ray McKinnon becomes Brechin City manager". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "McKinnon Takes the Hot Seat". raithrovers.net. Raith Rovers F.C. 23 May 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "Ray McKinnon: Dundee Utd target resigns as Raith Rovers manager". BBC Sport. BBC. 11 May 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  13. ^ "Dundee Utd appoint Ray McKinnon as new manager". BBC Sport. BBC. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  14. ^ "Eating Out: Amba; Soccer maestro Ray McKinnon shows he's also on the ball when it comes to running a restaurant". Daily Record. 15 May 2004. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 

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