Simon McMenemy

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Simon McMenemy
Personal information
Full name Simon Alexander McMenemy
Date of birth (1977-12-06) 6 December 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Aberdeen, Scotland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Haywards Heath
Burgess Hill
Kajaanin Haka
University of South Alabama
Teams managed
2009–2010 Worthing (Assistant Manager)
2010 Philippines
2011 Đồng Tâm Long An
2011–2012 Mitra Kukar
2013 Pelita Bandung Raya
2014 New Radiant
2014–2016 Loyola Meralco Sparks
2016– Bhayangkara FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Simon Alexander McMenemy (born 6 December 1977) is Scottish football manager who currently manages United Football League club Loyola Meralco Sparks in the Philippines. Previously he had spells as manager of Maldivian side New Radiant, Indonesia Super League club Pelita Bandung Raya, Mitra Kukar in Indonesia, Đồng Tâm Long An in Vietnam and the Philippines national football team.[1]

Previously, he was the assistant coach of English non-League football side Worthing.

Early life[edit]

Born in Aberdeen, McMenemy first attended the University of South Alabama as a Physical Education undergraduate for two years. After suffering from an injury and losing his scholarship, he transferred to De Montfort University where he received his bachelor's degree in Sports Studies in 2001.

Managerial career[edit]

Haywards Heath Town[edit]

McMenemy started his career in coaching as manager of Sussex County League club Haywards Heath Town.[2]


After his stint with Haywards Heath Town, McMenemy later took the role of assistant manager at Worthing, a low-tier English association football club that currently plays in the Isthmian League Division One South. After just one year of joining Worthing, McMenemy left the club along with the team's football manager Simon Colbran.

Philippines national football team[edit]

It was through Chris Greatwich, one of his former players at club Lewes, that McMenemy heard about the vacant coaching job in the Philippines. Five weeks after applying, he received an offer via a phone call from the Philippine Football Federation, the governing body of football in the country.[3] Afterwards, McMenemy signed an initial two-month probationary contract after which, if he performs well, he would be given a one-year contract.

McMenemy led the Philippines in the 2010 Long Teng Cup, which was held from 8 to 12 October 2010 in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei. The team competed against three international teams, namely; Macau, Hong Kong, and Chinese Taipei.

After a good run in the Long Teng Cup, McMenemy was given the contract extension to serve as the country's football manager for another year. He then took the Philippines to the semi-finals of the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup, which took place from 1 December to 29 December 2010. It was the first time the country has ever achieved this feat.

After an undefeated group campaign, one win and two draws, the Philippines qualified second in the group to face the Indonesia national football team in the semi-finals. The team was eventually defeated 2-0 on aggregate with Indonesia's Cristian Gonzáles scoring a goal in each leg of the semi-final. Both the home and away legs were held in Indonesia as the Philippines didn't have a stadium that met the international standard set by AFF.[4]

The win of the Philippines over the Vietnam national football team during the group phase of the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup has been ranked as one of the "Top 10 soccer stories of 2010" by columnist Georgina Turner of American sports magazine Sports Illustrated.[5]

McMenemy left the Philippines in January 2011, and was replaced by German manager Michael Weiß.[6]

Loyola Meralco Sparks[edit]

On 26 August 2014, McMenemy has been named head coach of the Loyola Meralco Sparks of the United Football League, replacing Vince Santos, who led the team to the 2013 Cup title but was unable to win the more prestigious UFL league titles in the past two years.[7]

On 31 January 2015, McMenemy won his first silverware as a Professional Coach and as a Sparks manager.[8] In December 2016, Loyola announced that McMenemy has left the club.[9]

Bhayangkara FC[edit]

Indonesian club, Bhayangkara F.C. has tapped McMenemy to lead the club as its head coach in 23 December 2016.[10][11]



Nat Team from to Record
Games Wins Draws Losses Win %
Philippines Philippines August 2010 December 2010 10 3 5 2 30.00
Philippines Loyola August 2014 October 2016 14 11 1 2 78.57
Total 24 14 6 4 58.33

Updated as of 1 February 2015.


  1. ^ "McMenemy hoping football can thrill the Manilans". ESPN Soccernet. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Topic: Simon Mcmenemy". Usapang Football. 11 September 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Simon McMenemy is the new PHL national team head coach". Filipino Football. 28 August 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Press statement from AFF – Confirmed venues for knock-out stages". 2010-12-09. 
  5. ^ "Top 10 soccer stories of 2010". Sports Illustrated Online. 22 December 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Macca's reign as Philippines coach ends". Worthing Herald. 2011-02-07. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  7. ^ "Simon McMenemy, architect of Azkals' miracle run, to coach Loyola in the UFL". PH Sports Yahoo. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Loyola Meralco Sparks bag PFF-Smart National Title". Rappler. 31 January 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "McMenemy leaves Meralco Sparks". Manila Bulletin. 25 December 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "Simon McMenemy Pelatih Anyar Bhayangkara FC" (in Indonesian). Goal Indonesia. 23 December 2016. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  11. ^ Setiawan, Massy (27 December 2016). "Simon McMenemy, Sosok yang Ideal untuk Menangani Youngsters Bhayangkara FC" [Simon McMenemy, ideal for Bhayangkara FC's Youngsters]. (in Indonesian). Retrieved 10 January 2017. 

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