Management

Jim McInally

Manager

Peterhead announced the 16th Manager in its history with the appointment of Jim McInally.

Glaswegian Jim has an extensive managerial track record, having previously managed Sligo Rovers and Greenock Morton and in the third division led East Stirlingshire into the promotion play-offs two seasons in a row in his three years in charge there.

Peterhead fans will remember Jim more recently as manager of Greenock Morton, where in the 2005- 06 season the Bloo Toon defeated them home and away in the play off semi-final, only to loss out on promotion by penalties to Partick Thistle. Jim bounced back with Morton the following season winning the title.

Jim also has a track record in developing young players as he was part of the very successful coaching staff of Celtic his former club and blooded many of the East Stirlingshire’s youngsters like Steven Jackson, Fraser Team and Stuart Beveridge
into first team football.

Jim is the ideal person to embrace and enhance the youth and community structure that has been put in place at the club, with Charlie Duncan and Scott MacKenzie. Jim stated “Charlie was brought in to do a certain job and was waylaid with the situation with the first team. He’s had to spend some time training with the first team and not been able to get on with what he was brought in to do.”

“Over the next couple of weeks we’ll try to get everything in place and give Charlie as much help as we can. Youth development is important to every football club. I’ve seen a lot of youth football over the years. I’ve been involved in it, so I’ll have a look and see where we go from there. I’ll also see if I can help out Scott, who does the community programme and we’ll see where we can take it.

Jim is also keen to foster a good relationship with the support, adding “It’s a massive thing, and that was something that we really got going at East Stirling. I’ve always been somebody who’ll keep fans updated as much as I can and spend as much time talking to them as I can. “It’s important that everyone pulls the same way, from boardroom level to playing staff to the supporters.”

Jim began his footballing career with Celtic in 1982 as a full back; winning youth caps for Scotland, he was transferred to Nottingham Forest in 1984 and joined Coventry City for £80,000 18 months later. McInally then joined Dundee United from Coventry in the summer of 1986 in a joint transfer with Dave Bowman and at Tannadice he quickly became an effective defensive midfielder and played an important part in Dundee United’s run to the UEFA Cup Final in his first season.

Jim went on the play 300 timesfor Dundee United in two spells at the club and international recognition winning a total of ten Scotland caps. He also went on to gain a Scottish Cup winner’s medal, playing as a left wing-back in Dundee United first ever Scottish Cup win in 1994, defeating Rangers 1–0, with a goal by Craig Brewster. In 1995, following United’s relegation to the First Division, McInally remained in the Premier League by joining newly-promoted Raith Rovers as player/coach. In early 1996, McInally was due to join Aberdeen in a swap deal Peter Hetherston. He was paraded at a Pittodrie news conference but Hetherston failed his medical and the move failed to proceed.

Appointed Peterhead boss in October 2011 after previous managerial experience with Sligo Rovers, Morton and East Stirlingshire. In just a few months he took the Blue Toon from the foot of the table to the brink of play-off qualification, winning Manager of the Month for April 2012.

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