Jim McLean - Manager Profile

Full Name: James Yuill McLean
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: Saturday, December 11th, 1971 vs. Ayr United (2-2)

Last Match In Charge: Saturday, May 15th, 1993 vs. Aberdeen (1-4)

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 GD
1113 535 271 307 1781 1162 +619
(48.1%) (24.3%) (27.6%)

At Home

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against GD
543 306 132 105 1017 504 +513
(56.4%) (24.3%) (19.3%)

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.