QUEEN'S PARK HEAD COACHES

 

While Queen's Park have been in existence for over 140 years, it wasn't until over a century after the club's foundation that a coach with full responsibility for team selection was appointed.

Prior to 1974 Queen's always had coach/trainers, but the final team selection was left to a committee to pick. Harry Davis, Eddie Turnbull and Tommy Duncan were all coaches from the mid-sixties onwards, but while they had an input to the team selection, the final starting eleven was down to the match committee.

It wasn't until the appointment of Davie McParland in June 1974 that team selection was handed over totally to the coach. Incidentally, one of McParland's rivals for the post was Sir Alex Ferguson, who admitted in his autobiography that his interview at Hampden had been a "disaster".

McParland was coach for two years, and was succeeded by Joe Gilroy who lasted a year longer than his predecessor. In 1979 Eddie Hunter was appointed to the post, and his tenure lasted until December 1994.

He was followed by Hugh McCann, who was in place for two years until 1997, and his replacement was the club's first player/coach Graeme Elder, who lasted one season.

In July 1998 there was another first as John McCormack became the club's first full time coach, and he was in control until November 2002. Kenny Brannigan then took over in January 2003 until August 2004, and, following his departure, Billy Stark was appointed and remained in charge until January 2008.

After Billy left to take over as Scotland Under 21 boss, he was succeeded at the end of January 2008 by the then Partick Thistle Assistant Manager, Gardner Speirs, who was in charge for almost six years, leaving the club following their match on 21st December 2013.

Queen's current head coach is Angus MacPherson, appointed on January 22nd 2014.

Click on the links below to see a profile of each former coach and their record:

Past coaches...(l-r) Billy Stark, Eddie Hunter, Tommy Duncan, David McParland and John McCormack.

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