Ivan Golac
Manager Profile

Manager Details

  • Full Name: Ivan Golac
  • Born: June 15th, 1950 (Koprivnica, FPR Yugoslavia)
  • First Appointed: August 1st, 1993


Managerial History


Aug 1st, 1993 to Mar 14th, 1995

Most Appearances Top Scorers
1. Christian Dailly - 80
2. Billy McKinlay - 80
3. Brian Welsh - 80
4. Dave Bowman - 79
5. Maurice Malpas - 75
6. Craig Brewster - 71
7. Gordan Petrić - 70
8. Jim McInally - 65
9. Alex Cleland - 64
10. Jerren Nixon - 54
1. Craig Brewster - 28
2. Billy McKinlay - 17
3. Jerren Nixon - 10
4. David Hannah - 8
5. Christian Dailly - 7
6. Paddy Connolly - 6
7. Brian Welsh - 5
8. Scott Crabbe - 4
9. Andy McLaren - 4
10. Dave Bowman - 3

First Match In Charge
Aug 7th, 1993 1 - 1 vs. Aberdeen, League (Premier Division)

Last Match In Charge
Mar 12th, 1995 1 - 2 vs. Heart of Midlothian, Scottish Cup

Total Players Used:
34 (38 including unused subs)

Biggest Win(s)
Jan 21st, 1995 6 - 1 vs. Motherwell, League (Premier Division)

Heaviest Defeat(s)
Aug 13th, 1994 0 - 5 vs. Hibernian, League (Premier Division)

Overall Record

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
94 31 34 29 114 113
(33.0%) (36.2%) (30.9%)

At Home

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
41 14 19 8 61 46
(34.1%) (46.3%) (19.5%)

Biography

As a player in the 1970s, Ivan Golac had a great 10 year spell as a full back with his home town team Partizan Belgrade. At the age of 28, he was transferred to Southampton in 1978 where he spent the best part of the next 8 years until he retired in 1986.

Golac returned to Partizan to take up a coaching job, becoming assistant manager in 1989 and eventually stood in as manager for most of the 1989/90 season. He returned to Britain in the early 1990s, and after a short spell as manager at Torquay United in 1992, he became the surprise replacement for long standing manager Jim McLean, who had retired at the end of the 1992/93 season.

Golac's appointment was the first time a Scottish Club had employed an overseas manager.

Golac's laid back attitude was in complete contrast to McLean's style, and this must have been a contributing factor to the Club finally winning the Scottish Cup for the first time in their history during his first year at Tannadice.

Unfortunately the teams League form under Golac did not match that of the 1994 Cup run, with a 6th place finish hiding the fact that the team were only 2 points away from the relegation zone.

This continued into the 1994/95 season, with erratic form seing the team sitting 3rd bottom in the Premier Division and out of the Scottish Cup in March. The board moved quickly and Golac left the club by mutual consent.


Players Signed

New Players Transferred In
Player Date Signed Fee
1. Chris Myers Aug 5th, 1993 £100,000
2. Craig Brewster Aug 6th, 1993 £250,000
3. Gordan Petrić Nov 17th, 1993 £600,000
4. Jerren Nixon Dec 31st, 1993 £200,000
5. Brian Flies Mar 3rd, 1994
6. Andy Moule May 29th, 1994
7. Dragutin Ristić Jul 1st, 1994 £50,000
8. David Craig Jul 11th, 1994 £3,000
9. Henrik Jørgensen Aug 8th, 1994 £180,000
10. Kelham O'Hanlon Sep 9th, 1994 £30,000
11. Paul Black Jan 1st, 1995
12. Juan Ferreri Jan 6th, 1995 £250,000
13. Sérgio Gomes Jan 20th, 1995 £300,000

Youth Players Signed on Professional Terms
Player Pro Terms Signed
1. Craig Easton Jan 1st, 1995
2. Steven Thompson Jan 1st, 1995
First Signing

Chris Myers
on Aug 5th, 1993