Years at the club:
||1991 - 95
|Date of birth:
||140 + Manager(160)
||Newcastle Utd., Aberdeen, Hamburg (Germany), Celtic, IK Braga (Sweden)
||4 Scotland (2 Goals) caps, Scottish PFA Player of the Year 1982; Aberdeen: European Cup Winners' cup champions 1982/83, UEFA Super Cup winners 1983, Scottish Premier League winners 1979/80, 1983/84, 1984/85
McGhee played for a host of Scottish and English clubs, before he had to abruptly retire because of injury. He started his playing career at Greenock Morton before moving on to Newcastle United – where he scored 36 goals in 99 appearances, including a fantastic last minute winner against Bradford - Aberdeen, Hamburg, Celtic, IK Brage and Reading and won the Scottish PFA Players' Player of the Year in 1982 as well as four caps and two goals for the Scotland national football team. He also played for Queen of the South as a guest player against Manchester United in a benefit game following the Lockerbie air disaster.
His greatest career moment came in 1983 when he was in the Aberdeen side that defeated Real Madrid 2–1 to lift the 1983 European Cup Winners' Cup in Gothenburg. He also scored as Aberdeen won the 1983 UEFA Super Cup.
McGhee's management career began as player-manager at Reading in 1991, succeeding Ian Porterfield, after being recommended for the post by his ex-manager Alex Ferguson. He officially retired as a player in 1993 and won the Division Two title with the Royals the following season and quickly adapted to the second flight during the next campaign, taking the team as high as second place by December 1994.
This spotlighted him as an up-and-coming young manager and he was offered the chance to move to Premier League Leicester City. His move in December 1994 came despite having agreed a long term contract to remain at Reading. However, he joined with the Foxes adrift in the relegation zone and was unable to keep them up, finishing second bottom.
He remained at Filbert Street post-relegation and set about launching a promotion campaign but did not see the season out after being approached by Wolverhampton Wanderers. He left to take control at Wolves in December 1995, less than 12 months after arriving at Leicester. This was the second successive time he had walked out on his post, creating a media image of him as being disloyal and ruthlessly ambitious.
On 6 July 2000 McGhee joined Coventry City, who were at the time managed by Gordon Strachan, as a scout. After only two months he was appointed manager at third flight Millwall in September 2000, replacing the duo of Keith Stevens and Alan McLeary.
McGhee was appointed manager of Brighton on 28 October 2003, just 13 days after leaving Millwall .
However, he led the club to relegation in 1985/86, when they were finally mathematically condemned at home by Sheffield Wednesday. McGhee was sacked as Brighton manager on 8 September 2006 after nearly three years with the club,
In 2006, he was linked with the vacant managerial post at Irish club Bohemians and in February 2007 was reported to have applied for the manager's position at Swansea City.However, on 18 June 2007, he was appointed new manager of Motherwell and to be assisted by Scott Leitch.
McGhee transformed Motherwell from a team that just avoided relegation in 2007 to finishing third in 2008, which meant that Motherwell qualified for the 2008-09 UEFA Cup. This was the first time in 13 years that Motherwell had qualified for European competition. Pundits believed this was due to the fluent, attacking style of football that McGhee had introduced. Gordon Strachan, a longtime friend and former teammate of McGhee, recommended him for the then-vacant Scotland job in November 2007. However, despite making the shortlist of candidates, he eventually missed out on the post to George Burley.
On 12 June 2009, McGhee was confirmed as the new manager of Aberdeen.After a torrid time at the club
McGhee was sacked on 1 December.
In 2012, McGhee was appointed manager of Bristol Rovers on a two-and-a-half-year contract, but after another torrid time and struggling for form and involved in a relegation battle, McGhee was sacked as manager with Bristol Rovers second from bottom of the league.
On 18 January 2013, exactly one year to the day he was appointed Bristol Rovers manager, McGhee joined the Scottish national side as Assistant Manager to his close friend Gordon Strachan.
Did you know?
Martin Hicks, 1978-1991
Martin holds the club appearance record. He made 603
first team appearances in all competitions.
Neil Webb, 1978-1982
Neil won 26 full England caps, the FA Cup and
Bill Davies, 1953-1961
Bill totalled 226 appearances for Reading, playing in
every game of the 1958/59 season.
Trevor Senior, 1983-87 / 1988-92
The greatest goalscorer in the club's history, Trevor
scored 191 goals in 362 appearances.