Jim McLean
Manager Profile

Manager Details

  • Full Name: James Yuill McLean
  • Born: August 2nd, 1937 (Larkhall)
  • First Appointed: December 6th, 1971


Managerial History


Dec 6th, 1971 to May 31st, 1993

Most Appearances Top Scorers
1. Dave Narey - 860
2. Paul Hegarty - 707
3. Hamish McAlpine - 637
4. Maurice Malpas - 581
5. Paul Sturrock - 575
6. Eamonn Bannon - 440
7. Frank Kopel - 407
8. John Holt - 406
9. Billy Kirkwood - 399
10. Davie Dodds - 369
1. Paul Sturrock - 171
2. Davie Dodds - 150
3. Eamonn Bannon - 108
4. Paul Hegarty - 82
5. Ralph Milne - 75
6. Billy Kirkwood - 70
7. Andy Gray - 47
8. Mixu Paatelainen - 47
9. Iain Ferguson - 44
10. Kevin Gallacher - 40

First Match In Charge
Dec 11th, 1971 2 - 2 vs. Ayr United, League (Division One)

Last Match In Charge
May 15th, 1993 1 - 4 vs. Aberdeen, League

Total Players Used:
138 (141 including unused subs)

Biggest Win(s)
Jan 30th, 1988 7 - 0 vs. Arbroath, Scottish Cup (3rd Round)
Nov 17th, 1984 7 - 0 vs. Greenock Morton, League (Premier Division)
Nov 12th, 1983 7 - 0 vs. St Johnstone, League (Premier Division)
Dec 11th, 1982 7 - 0 vs. Kilmarnock, League (Premier Division)
Jan 3rd, 1981 7 - 0 vs. Kilmarnock, League (Premier Division)

Heaviest Defeat(s)
Sep 26th, 1992 0 - 4 vs. Rangers, League (Premier Division)
Nov 7th, 1990 0 - 4 vs. Vitesse Arnhem, UEFA Cup (2nd Round 2nd Leg)
Apr 14th, 1990 0 - 4 vs. Aberdeen, Scottish Cup (Semi Final)
Oct 17th, 1989 0 - 4 vs. Royal Antwerp, UEFA Cup (2nd Round 1st Leg)
Apr 18th, 1984 1 - 5 vs. Aberdeen, League (Premier Division)
Nov 22nd, 1983 0 - 4 vs. St Mirren, League (Premier Division)
Nov 6th, 1982 1 - 5 vs. Aberdeen, League (Premier Division)
Apr 17th, 1977 0 - 4 vs. Motherwell, League (Premier Division)
Oct 20th, 1976 1 - 5 vs. Celtic, League (Premier Division)
Sep 29th, 1973 0 - 4 vs. Motherwell, League (Division One)
Aug 18th, 1973 0 - 4 vs. Motherwell, League Cup (Sectional Tie)
Feb 5th, 1972 0 - 4 vs. Aberdeen, Scottish Cup (3rd Round)

Overall Record

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
1114 536 271 307 1783 1163
(48.1%) (24.3%) (27.6%)

At Home

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
544 307 132 105 1019 505
(56.4%) (24.3%) (19.3%)

Biography

Unquestionably, the most successful manager in the Club's history, and unlikely to ever be surpassed.

Jim was an inside forward with Hamilton Academical and Clyde before joining Dundee in 1965, ironically making his debut in the 5-0 defeat to United on 11 September. He moved on to Kilmarnock in 1968, before returning to Dens Park as a coach in 1970.

When Jerry Kerr retired as Dundee United manager in 1971 after 12 years at Tannadice, the United board surprisingly offered the position to 34 year-old McLean, who accepted the job as his first managerial role.

McLean's original philosophy was to produce his own young players through a Youth programme, and complimented them with more experienced players brought in from around Scotland.

After a rocky start, he led the Club to its first ever Scottish Cup Final in 1974, and in 1979 he guided the team to its first ever major honour, the League Cup. The team retained the trophy the following year as Cup Finals became a regular occurrence.

The highlight of his tenure at the Club was the 1982/83 season, where the team fought off challenges from Celtic and Aberdeen to win the Premier Division for the first and so far only time.

Under McLean, the Club became known throughout Europe, reaching the Semi-Finals of the European Cup in 1984, and the UEFA Cup Final in 1987.

Whilst still in his role as manager, McLean was made director in 1984 and became Club Chairman in 1988. Staying on at boardroom level, he retired as manager in 1993, after an incredible 21 years and seven months in the hot seat.


Players Signed

New Players Transferred In
Player Date Signed Fee
1. Frank Kopel Jan 1st, 1972
2. Archie Knox Jan 6th, 1972 £3,000
3. George Fleming Jan 21st, 1972 £7,000
4. Pat Gardner Jan 21st, 1972 £6,500
5. Allan Forsyth Mar 11th, 1972
6. Brian Eddie Mar 17th, 1972
7. Ian Steen Jul 6th, 1972
8. Joe Fascione Jul 21st, 1972
9. Brian Cooper Dec 16th, 1972 £3,000
10. David Cooper Jan 12th, 1973
11. Duncan MacLeod Apr 10th, 1973
12. Derek Addison Apr 30th, 1973
13. Andy Gray May 15th, 1973
14. Kenny Murphy Aug 21st, 1973
15. Sean Sheehy Sep 13th, 1973
16. Rodney Bush Oct 9th, 1973
17. Doug Houston Mar 16th, 1974 £10,000
18. John Ritchie Apr 27th, 1974
19. Iain McDonald Jul 1st, 1974
20. Graeme Buchanan Aug 31st, 1974
21. Alan Munro Sep 14th, 1974
22. Paul Hegarty Nov 12th, 1974 £27,500
23. Billy Steele May 22nd, 1975
24. Henry Hall Jun 24th, 1975
25. Alex Rennie Jun 29th, 1975
26. Jim Oliver Aug 23rd, 1975
27. Tom McAdam Oct 31st, 1975 £37,000
28. Derek Neilson May 1st, 1976
29. Gordon G Wallace Aug 30th, 1976
30. Billy Williamson Feb 24th, 1977 £14,000
31. Peter Dolan Jul 6th, 1977
32. Raymond Lorimer Jul 6th, 1977
33. Bobby Robinson Aug 15th, 1977
34. John Bourke Sep 15th, 1977 £60,000
35. Gordon Wallace Oct 21st, 1977 £12,000
36. Andy Graham Dec 19th, 1977
37. Dean Kay Mar 27th, 1978
38. Graham Marshall Apr 1st, 1978
39. Gerry Lesslie Jul 1st, 1978
40. Colin Craig Jul 12th, 1978
41. Paul O/'Brien Jul 25th, 1978
42. Derek Frye Aug 10th, 1978
43. Graham Honeyman Oct 31st, 1978
44. Iain Phillip Nov 29th, 1978 £25,000
45. Jim Kerr Jan 1st, 1979
46. John Reynolds Mar 22nd, 1979
47. Ian Ballantyne May 1st, 1979
48. Doug Wilkie Jun 14th, 1979
49. Peter Bonetti Jun 22nd, 1979
50. Steve Murray Aug 1st, 1979
51. Willie Pettigrew Aug 7th, 1979 £100,000
52. Colin Adese Aug 16th, 1979
53. Jim Docherty Oct 18th, 1979
54. Eamonn Bannon Oct 30th, 1979 £165,000
55. John Gardiner Jan 26th, 1980
56. Ian Cochrane Mar 7th, 1980
57. Colin Campbell May 2nd, 1980
58. Joe Ward Aug 1st, 1980
59. Ian Gibson Oct 16th, 1980 £75,000
60. George Nicol Aug 3rd, 1981
61. Gary McGinnis Aug 10th, 1981
62. Malcolm Robertson Feb 4th, 1982
63. Paul Smith Jun 2nd, 1982
64. Ian Britton Aug 11th, 1982
65. Raymond Pollock Aug 25th, 1982
66. John McNeil Dec 30th, 1982
67. Bobby Flavell Oct 14th, 1983
68. Derek Johnstone Oct 24th, 1983
69. Tommy Coyne Oct 28th, 1983 £65,000
70. Iain Munro Mar 30th, 1984
71. Stuart Beedie May 25th, 1984 £90,000
72. Billy Thomson Jun 28th, 1984 £70,000
73. Bruce Lyall Jul 1st, 1984
74. Ian Redford Aug 14th, 1985 £70,000
75. John Bishop Oct 1st, 1985
76. Paul Kinnaird Nov 22nd, 1985
77. Dave Bowman May 16th, 1986 £140,000
78. Jim McInally May 16th, 1986 £140,000
79. Chris Sulley Jun 28th, 1986
80. Iain Ferguson Aug 22nd, 1986 £145,000
81. Alan Main Nov 25th, 1986 £8,000
82. Harry Curran Feb 19th, 1987
83. J Alan Irvine Jun 1st, 1987 £55,000
84. Hamish French Jun 18th, 1987 £10,000
85. Ian McPhee Aug 14th, 1987
86. Alan Irvine Aug 28th, 1987 £100,000
87. Mixu Paatelainen Oct 30th, 1987 £100,000
88. Miodrag Krivokapić Aug 3rd, 1988 £200,000
89. Raphael Meade Aug 3rd, 1988 £150,000
90. Darren Jackson Dec 15th, 1988 £200,000
91. Charlie Adam Mar 19th, 1989
92. John Lindsay Jun 20th, 1989
93. Tom McMillan Jun 20th, 1989
94. Peter Hinds Jul 1st, 1989 £65,000
95. Freddy van der Hoorn Jul 31st, 1989 £200,000
96. Michael O'Neill Aug 15th, 1989 £350,000
97. Graeme McCheyne Jan 1st, 1990
98. Gijs Steinmann Oct 1st, 1990 £100,000
99. Neil Devlin Nov 17th, 1990
100. Guido van de Kamp Jul 11th, 1991 £40,000
101. Jochen Müller Aug 9th, 1991 £75,000
102. Walter Rojas Aug 26th, 1991
103. Peter Prior Sep 4th, 1991
104. Victor Ferreyra Sep 19th, 1991 £350,000
105. Kevin Biggart Oct 17th, 1991
106. José Luis Pochettino Mar 27th, 1992
107. Martin Neil Mar 31st, 1992
108. Andy Cargill Jul 16th, 1992
109. Scott Crabbe Oct 2nd, 1992
110. Steven Agnew Oct 2nd, 1992

Youth Players Signed on Professional Terms
Player Pro Terms Signed
1. Dave Narey Jan 6th, 1972
2. Graeme Payne Apr 30th, 1973
3. John Holt Dec 5th, 1973
4. Paul Sturrock Jul 1st, 1974
5. Derek Stark Mar 26th, 1975
6. Davie Dodds May 28th, 1975
7. Ray Stewart Dec 8th, 1975
8. Ralph Milne Jan 16th, 1976
9. Billy Kirkwood Jul 1st, 1976
10. Derek Murray Mar 30th, 1977
11. Paul Cavanagh Jul 6th, 1978
12. John Reilly Mar 31st, 1979
13. Alex Taylor Jun 1st, 1979
14. Maurice Malpas Aug 14th, 1979
15. Richard Gough May 1st, 1980
16. Dave Beaumont Sep 12th, 1980
17. Jimmy Page Aug 10th, 1981
18. John Clark Aug 30th, 1981
19. Gordon McLeod Sep 1st, 1982
20. Ray McKinnon Aug 1st, 1983
21. Kevin Gallacher Sep 2nd, 1983
22. Scott Thomson Aug 1st, 1984
23. Joe McLeod Aug 9th, 1984
24. Brian Welsh Jun 21st, 1985
25. Billy McKinlay Jun 21st, 1985
26. Allan Preston Jun 30th, 1985
27. Paddy Connolly Jun 30th, 1986
28. Scott Kopel Jul 1st, 1986
29. Alex Cleland Jul 1st, 1986
30. John O'Neil Jul 1st, 1986
31. Duncan Ferguson Jul 1st, 1988
32. Gary Bollan Jul 1st, 1988
33. Mark Perry Aug 4th, 1988
34. Andy McLaren Jul 1st, 1989
35. Grant Johnson Jul 1st, 1989
36. Roy McBain Jul 1st, 1990
37. Christian Dailly Aug 1st, 1990
38. David Hannah Sep 4th, 1991
39. Robbie Winters Jan 11th, 1992
40. Ben Honeyman Jul 31st, 1992
First Signing

Frank Kopel
on Jan 1st, 1972