Kevin MacDonald (footballer)

Kevin MacDonald
McDonald in 2011
Personal information
Full name Kevin Duncan MacDonald[1]
Date of birth (1960-11-22) 22 November 1960[1]
Place of birth Inverness, Scotland[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Inverness Caledonian
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1984 Leicester City 138 (8)
1984–1989 Liverpool 40 (1)
1987Leicester City (loan) 3 (0)
1988Rangers (loan) 3 (0)
1989–1991 Coventry City 31 (0)
1990–1991Cardiff City (loan) 8 (0)
1991–1993 Walsall 53 (7)
Total 276 (16)
Teams managed
1994 Leicester City (Caretaker)
1995–2012 Aston Villa Reserves
2006–2007 Republic of Ireland (Assistant)
2010 Aston Villa (Caretaker)
2013 Swindon Town
2015 Aston Villa (Assistant)
2015 Aston Villa (Caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kevin Duncan MacDonald (born 22 November 1960 in Inverness, Scotland) is a Scottish former footballer who is the former manager of Swindon Town and caretaker manager of Aston Villa on two occasions. As a player MacDonald was a member of the Liverpool "double" winning side of 1986.

Prior to taking his first managerial job at Swindon MacDonald's career most notably included a spell as caretaker manager at Aston Villa following the resignation of Martin O'Neill on 9 August 2010. MacDonald also worked as assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland, with his ex-Liverpool team-mate Steve Staunton, who he used to coach at Aston Villa.[2] In 1994, he also spent a short time as caretaker manager at Leicester City.

Club career

MacDonald was discovered by Leicester City while playing for his home town club, Inverness Caledonian, in the Highland League. Alex Ferguson, then manager of Aberdeen, watched Macdonald on several occasions while he played for Inverness Caledonian, but no business was done.

MacDonald joined Liverpool from Leicester for £400,000 in November 1984. He never commanded a regular spot at Anfield, but he was in the team at the right time, helping Liverpool to the First Division title in 1986 and then to the "double" (only the third in the 20th century) when he helped them beat Everton in the 1986 FA Cup Final at Wembley.[2]

At the start of the following season, MacDonald broke his leg against Southampton on 20 September 1986.[3] By the time he recovered Kenny Dalglish had settled on Steve McMahon for the central midfield role. He made no appearances for the rest of the 1986–87 season, and just one appearance in the 1987–88 season (in the league against Luton Town on 9 May 1988).[4] In his final season at the club, 1988–89, he made just five competitive appearances[5] before he later had spells on loan at his old club Leicester and also at Rangers. In April 1989, shortly before he left Liverpool, MacDonald, along with his team-mates, rallied round the bereaved families of the Hillsborough disaster.[6] He scored three competitive goals in his time at Liverpool (one in the league, one in the FA Cup and one in the League Cup) as well as two goals in the Football League Super Cup,[7] all of which came in the 1985–86 season. In June 1989 he made a permanent move to Coventry City and played out his career.[2]

Management and coaching

Leicester City

In November 1994, MacDonald was named caretaker manager of Leicester City for a short period between the departure of Brian Little and the arrival of Mark McGhee.[8]

Aston Villa

In August 2010, following the immediate resignation of former Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill, he assumed the role of caretaker manager at the club.[9] He had previously been the manager of Villa's successful reserve side and assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland national side under Steve Staunton.[8] MacDonald had been employed by Aston Villa since 1995 and had held a number of different positions at the club.[10]

MacDonald's first game as caretaker manager came at Villa Park against West Ham United on the opening day of the 2010–11 Premier League season which Villa won 3–0 including the last goal for James Milner as a Villa player.[11] He then led Villa to a 1–1 draw in their Europa League qualifier first-leg match against Rapid Vienna.[12] His second league game in charge resulted in a 6–0 defeat to Newcastle United.[13]

It was reported by The Sun newspaper on 31 August that Macdonald has expressed a desire to manage Villa on a permanent basis.[14] Despite these claims, Villa named Gérard Houllier as their permanent manager on 8 September 2010; however, MacDonald remained in charge for the following two Premier League matches against Stoke City and Bolton due to Houllier having to work his notice with the French Football Federation.[15]

With the departure of Houllier and his number 2, Gary McAllister, the Villa hierarchy let it be known that MacDonald and Gordon Cowans would have futures at the club no matter who the new manager was.[16]

Swindon Town

On 28 February 2013, it was announced MacDonald was the new manager of Swindon Town in League One.[17] MacDonald led the team into the 2013 League One play-offs following a 6th place league finish but lost 5–4 on penalties to Brentford in the semi-finals.

On 12 July 2013, he failed to attend a pre-season friendly with Forest Green Rovers at The New Lawn for what was described by Swindon as 'personal problems' and after six months in the job, it was announced that he had quit the club the following day.[18][19]


  1. 1 2 3 "Kevin MacDonald". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  2. 1 2 3 "Kevin MacDonald". Liverpool F.C. Retrieved 26 August 2010.
  3. "Southampton 2 - 1 Liverpool". Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  4. "List of appearances in 1987–1988 by Kevin MacDonald". Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  5. "List of appearances in 1988–1989 by Kevin MacDonald". Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  6. MacDonald attends Hillsborough victim's funeral: Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  7. "List of goals in 1985–1986 by Kevin MacDonald". Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  8. 1 2 Clarkson, Ian (10 May 2003). "Kevin MacDonald: a man who helped make Lineker and Smith great!". Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2010.
  9. "Martin O'Neill resigns as Aston Villa manager". BBC Sport. 9 August 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  10. "Villa caretaker will have no favourites". Mirror Football. Daily Mirror. 13 August 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
  11. Darling, Kevin (14 August 2010). "Aston Villa 3–0 West Ham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 August 2010.
  12. Stevenson, Jonathan (19 August 2010). "Rapid Vienna 1–1 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 August 2010.
  13. Chowdhury, Saj (22 August 2010). "Newcastle 6–0 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 August 2010.
  14. "Mac wants Villa job for keeps". The Sun. London. 31 August 2010.
  15. "Houllier takes Villa reins". Sky Sports.
  16. Nixon, Alan. Sparky Wants Randy Call: Hughes Keen On Villa Despite Snub The People, 12 June 2011
  17. "Swindon Town: Kevin MacDonald succeeds Paolo Di Canio as boss". BBC Sport.
  18. "Kevin MacDonald leaves managerial role". BBC Sport. 13 July 2013.
  19. "Swindon Town part company with Kevin MacDonald by mutual consent". Guardian. 13 July 2013.
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