Profile: sacked Bristol Rovers manager Mark McGhee
The sacking of Rovers manager Mark McGhee was “inevitable”, according to the chairman of Rovers Supporters Club Jim Chappell.
McGhee was relieved of his duties following a 4-1 defeat at the hands of York City on Saturday.
Chappell said of the news: "I think his sacking was inevitable in the end. I am sad on a personal level because Mark is a decent bloke. But the results speak for themselves and the league table doesn't lie.”
McGhee managed Rovers for a total of 11 months. The former professional football player, who enjoyed an illustrious career before moving into management, has been at the helm of clubs including the Wolverhampton Wanderers, Brighton and Millwall.
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Glasgow-born McGhee began his playing career at Greenock Morton in 1975. He remained with the club for two seasons, before moving to Newcastle United.
Some 16 months later he headed back north and penned a deal with Aberdeen. He became a regular scorer for Alex Ferguson’s side, and won the Scottish PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 1982.
The Dons won the 1983 European Cup Winners’ Cup, and enjoyed Scottish Premier Division titles in 1981 and 1982. McGhee also scored as the Dons became the first British club to win the European Super Club with a 2-0 victory over Hamburg in 1983.
The following year McGhee would make a move to that very club. But he remained in Germany for just one season, before returning to Scotland to pen a deal with Celtic – his favourite club as a child.
McGhee won two league championships and two Scottish Cups with Celtic between 1986 and 1989, before enjoying a second spell at Newcastle. He remained with United from 1989 to 1991, before beginning his management career at Reading.
There he was a player-manager, before hanging up his football boots in 1993. He won the Division Two title with Reading in 1994, and later that year became boss of Premier League club Leicester City.
The club soon fell into relegation, and less than 12 months after arriving at Leicester, McGhee left to take control of the Wolverhampton Wanderers in December 1995.
He remained with the club for three years, during which time he managed 156 competitive games - 64 of them were won, 38 drawn and 54 lost.
McGhee spent almost two years out of the game following his departure from Wolves, before becoming a scout for Coventry City in July 2000. But just two months later he was appointed manager at third flight Millwall.
He remained at the helm until October 2003, when he became manager of Brighton. He was sacked in September 2006, with the club struggling in 17th place in League One.
McGhee then headed back to Scotland, becoming the boss of Motherwell in June 2007. He remained with the club until 2009, during which time he made the shortlist for Scotland manager and was approached by Hearts.
In June 2009 McGhee was confirmed as the new manager of Aberdeen, the club for which he had played between 1978 and 1984.
But in December 2010, with the side sitting second-bottom of the Scottish Premier League table, McGhee was sacked.
BBC Sport reported: “The club has lurched from one disaster to another under his stewardship.
“Among the unwanted records broken under McGhee are a record European defeat (5-1 at home and 8-1 on aggregate to Sigma Olomouc), a record Scottish Premier League defeat (9-0 at Celtic just last month) and a miserable 17 wins in 62 matches with four points from the last 39.”
In January 2012 McGhee was appointed manager of Bristol Rovers on a two-and-a-half-year contract. His sacking on Saturday brings to an end his 11-month reign at the club.