|daib0||10 May 2012|
A thousand miles away, but just round the corner in spirit
On this day in 1991 Mark McGhee was unveiled as Reading FC manager. He was in the job for 3 years 218 days, before leaving in aggrevious circumstances.
Mark Edward McGhee (born 25 May 1957 in Glasgow) is a Scottish professional football former player and manager. McGhee started his career at Greenock Morton in 1975 and spent spells at clubs including Newcastle United, Aberdeen, Hamburg, Celtic, IK Brage and Reading. McGhee was part of the Aberdeen side which won the 1983 European Cup Winners' Cup and 1983 UEFA Super Cup, as well as three Scottish Premier Division titles.
McGhee's management career began as player-manager at third tier Reading in 1991, succeeding Ian Porterfield, after being recommended for the post by his ex-manager Alex Ferguson. He officially retired as a player in 1993 and won the Division Two title with the Royals the following season and quickly adapted to the second flight during the next campaign, taking the team as high as second place by December 1994.
This spotlighted him as an up-and-coming young manager and he was offered the chance to move to Premier League Leicester City. His move in December 1994 came despite having agreed a long term contract to remain at Reading. However, he joined with the Foxes adrift in the relegation zone and was unable to keep them up, finishing second bottom. He remained at Filbert Street post-relegation and set about launching a promotion campaign but did not see the season out after being approached by Wolverhampton Wanderers. He left to take control at Wolves in December 1995, less than 12 months after arriving at Leicester. This was the second successive time he had walked out on his post, creating a media image of him as being disloyal and ruthlessly ambitious.
He later had spells at Wolves, Millwall, Brighton, Motherwell and Aberdeen. In this last job, McGhee was sacked on 1 December 2010. The club were second bottom of the SPL and his tenure ended with McGhee being statistically the second least successful Aberdeen manager of all time …