Tommy McLean
Manager Profile

Manager Details

  • Full Name: Thomas McLean
  • Born: June 2nd, 1947 (Larkhall)
  • First Appointed: September 10th, 1996


Managerial History


Sep 10th, 1996 to Sep 5th, 1998

Most Appearances Top Scorers
1. Robbie Winters - 83
2. Sieb Dijkstra - 83
3. Kjell Olofsson - 82
4. Mark Perry - 82
5. Maurice Malpas - 82
6. Lars Zetterlund - 81
7. Andy McLaren - 78
8. Steven Pressley - 78
9. Gary McSwegan - 77
10. Erik Pedersen - 76
1. Kjell Olofsson - 36
2. Robbie Winters - 29
3. Gary McSwegan - 25
4. Andy McLaren - 11
5. Lars Zetterlund - 7
6. Ray McKinnon - 6
7. Steven Pressley - 4
8. Craig Easton - 2
9. David Hannah - 2
10. Maurice Malpas - 2

First Match In Charge
Sep 14th, 1996 1 - 2 vs. Celtic, League (Premier Division)

Last Match In Charge
Aug 30th, 1998 0 - 1 vs. Motherwell, League

Total Players Used:
50 (54 including unused subs)

Biggest Win(s)
Jul 30th, 1997 9 - 0 vs. CE Principat, UEFA Cup (1st Qual. Round 2nd Leg)

Heaviest Defeat(s)
Nov 22nd, 1997 0 - 4 vs. Celtic, League (Premier Division)
Aug 23rd, 1997 1 - 5 vs. Rangers, League (Premier Division)

Overall Record

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
93 36 27 30 134 107
(38.7%) (29.0%) (32.3%)

At Home

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
44 20 14 10 66 35
(45.5%) (31.8%) (22.7%)

Biography

Younger brother of United legend Jim McLean, Tommy had a very successful playing career with Kilmarnock and Rangers, where he was part of the team that won the 1972 European Cup Winners Cup.

After retiring as a player at the age of 35, he became assistant manager to John Greig at Ibrox, taking over as caretaker manager for a short spell in 1983. His first step into management came with Greenock Morton during the 1983/84 season, and he led them to the First Division title before being appointed manager at Motherwell. His spell at Fir Park was a successful one lasting 10 years, with the highlight coming in 1991 when Motherwell lifted the Scottish Cup after an amazing 4-3 victory over United - managed by brother Jim.

After leaving Fir Park in 1994, he had a short spell as Hearts manager during the 1994/95 season, and then took on the managers position at Raith Rovers. However this lasted only an incredible 6 days before he was offered the position at Tannadice by then Chairman Jim McLean.

Taking over the team that had won back their place in the Premier Division, Tommy rebuilt the side, and lead them to an incredible 3rd place finish and European qualification in his first season. After reaching the 1997 League Cup Final, the side's form began to wane, and United only just survived a relegation battle with Hibs. Tommy failed to halt the slide, and just 4 games into the 1998/99 season, he and United went their separate ways.


Players Signed

New Players Transferred In
Player Date Signed Fee
1. Kjell Olofsson Oct 28th, 1996 £400,000
2. Lars Zetterlund Oct 30th, 1996 £100,000
3. Erik Pedersen Nov 1st, 1996
4. Sieb Dijkstra Dec 4th, 1996 £100,000
5. Jonas Wirmola Jan 1st, 1997
6. Jamie Dolan Jan 7th, 1997
7. David Sinclair Jan 31st, 1997 £90,000
8. Stewart McKimmie Mar 19th, 1997
9. Göran Marklund Aug 16th, 1997 £100,000
10. Magnus Sköldmark Sep 19th, 1997
11. Mikael Andersson Nov 3rd, 1997
12. Siggi Jónsson Nov 22nd, 1997 £75,000
13. Jean-Jacques Missé-Missé Jan 9th, 1998
14. Emmanuel Omoyinmi Feb 20th, 1998
15. Jimmy Crawford Feb 23rd, 1998
16. Julian Alsford Mar 26th, 1998 £100,000
17. Iain Jenkins Mar 26th, 1998 £150,000
18. Óscar Valles Mar 31st, 1998
19. Wayne Gill Mar 31st, 1998
20. Alan Combe Jun 15th, 1998
21. Marc Cooper Jun 30th, 1998
22. Joe Miller Jul 8th, 1998
23. Mark McNally Jul 8th, 1998
24. Darren Patterson Jul 10th, 1998
25. Roger Boli Jul 15th, 1998 £150,000
26. José Luis Valeriani Jul 17th, 1998
27. Tonny Mols Jul 29th, 1998
28. Bernard Pascual Aug 6th, 1998

Youth Players Signed on Professional Terms
Player Pro Terms Signed
1. Kevin McDonald Jul 1st, 1997
2. Hugh Davidson Aug 1st, 1997
3. David Winters Dec 10th, 1997
4. David McCracken Jun 1st, 1998
First Signing

Kjell Olofsson
on Oct 28th, 1996