Paul Sturrock
Manager Profile

Manager Details

  • Full Name: Paul Whitehead Sturrock
  • Born: October 10th, 1956 (Ellon, Aberdeenshire)
  • Former Player: Paul Sturrock
  • First Appointed: September 5th, 1998


Managerial History


Sep 5th, 1998 to Aug 7th, 2000

Most Appearances Top Scorers
1. Jason De Vos - 73
2. Craig Easton - 72
3. David Hannah - 56
4. Billy Dodds - 55
5. Alan Combe - 55
6. Bernard Pascual - 52
7. Steven Thompson - 52
8. Maurice Malpas - 48
9. Alex Mathie - 47
10. Magnus Sköldmark - 41
1. Billy Dodds - 27
2. Kjell Olofsson - 10
3. David Hannah - 9
4. Joaquim Ferraz - 8
5. Steven Thompson - 7
6. Alex Mathie - 6
7. Jim Hamilton - 4
8. Jan Telesnikov - 4
9. Craig Easton - 3
10. Gary McSwegan - 3

First Match In Charge
Sep 12th, 1998 0 - 0 vs. Rangers, League (SPL)

Last Match In Charge
Aug 5th, 2000 0 - 3 vs. Hibernian, League

Total Players Used:
53 (57 including unused subs)

Biggest Win(s)
Feb 22nd, 2000 4 - 0 vs. Alloa Athletic, Scottish Cup (4th Round Replay)
Apr 17th, 1999 4 - 0 vs. Aberdeen, League (SPL)

Heaviest Defeat(s)
Feb 2nd, 2000 0 - 4 vs. Rangers, League (SPL)

Overall Record

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
85 27 19 39 97 119
(31.8%) (22.4%) (45.9%)

At Home

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
44 15 11 18 50 52
(34.1%) (25.0%) (40.9%)

Biography

After a long and successful career as a player at Tannadice, Sturrock became a first team coach under Jim McLean when he retired in 1989 due to injury at the age of 32.

Four years later, he was offered the vacant manager's job at St Johnstone, and after a rocky start he eventually lead the Perth side to the First Division championship in 1997. After his success at St Johnstone, Sturrock became the ideal candidate for the United manager's position when Tommy McLean resigned in September 1998, and although Sturrock was settled and doing well in Perth, he found it too difficult to turn down a return to the Club he had spent his entire playing career with.

With the signing of talisman striker Billy Dodds, Sturrock had a promising start to his time in the Tannadice hot seat - after a first transitional season he had United sitting third in the SPL by December 1999. However, the sale of Dodds to Rangers saw the team go into freefall, and by the end of the season they were only 3 points off the bottom of the table. After two defeats in the first two SPL matches of the 2000/01 season, Sturrock surprisingly resigned due to personal reasons.

Not long after, he took up the managers position at Plymouth Argyle, and went on to enjoy managerial spells at all four divisions of English football, including Southampton, Sheffield Wednesday, Swindon Town, Southend United and Yeovil Town.


Players Signed

New Players Transferred In
Player Date Signed Fee
1. Billy Dodds Sep 21st, 1998
2. Jason De Vos Oct 9th, 1998 £400,000
3. Alex Mathie Oct 16th, 1998 £500,000
4. Neil Murray Feb 11th, 1999
5. John Eustace Feb 19th, 1999
6. Scott McCulloch Feb 26th, 1999
7. David Partridge Mar 11th, 1999 £40,000
8. David Worrell Mar 29th, 1999 £50,000
9. Brian McLaughlin Apr 1st, 1999
10. Joaquim Ferraz Jun 25th, 1999
11. Lee Curran Jun 28th, 1999
12. Tony Smith Jul 1st, 1999
13. Jan Telesnikov Aug 5th, 1999 £450,000
14. Jean-Pierre Delaunay Aug 11th, 1999
15. David Byrne Aug 17th, 1999
16. Tassos Venetis Aug 19th, 1999
17. Raphael Bove Sep 23rd, 1999
18. Pat Onstad Oct 20th, 1999 £60,000
19. Antoine Préget Dec 9th, 1999
20. Jim Hamilton Jan 19th, 2000 £150,000
21. John McQuillan Feb 17th, 2000 £50,000
22. Sean O'Connor Mar 1st, 2000
23. Leigh Jenkinson Mar 23rd, 2000
24. Hasney Aljofree Jun 8th, 2000
25. Jamie Buchan Jun 29th, 2000
26. Danny Griffin Jul 14th, 2000 £600,000
27. Neil Heaney Jul 25th, 2000 £175,000
28. Joachim Fernandez Jul 28th, 2000

Youth Players Signed on Professional Terms
Player Pro Terms Signed
1. Jamie McCunnie Jun 28th, 1999
2. Stuart Duff Jul 1st, 1999
3. Paul Jarvie Jul 1st, 1999
4. Stephen O'Donnell Jul 1st, 1999
5. Mark Wilson Jul 1st, 2000
6. Danny Ogunmade Jul 1st, 2000
First Signing

Billy Dodds
on Sep 21st, 1998