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Billy McEwan
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Personal information
Full name William Johnston McGowan McEwan
Date of birth 20 June 1951 (1951-06-20) (age 58)
Place of birth    Cleland, Scotland
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Brighton & Hove Albion
Mansfield Town
Peterborough United
Rotherham United
60 0(2)
04 0(0)
27 0(3)
80 0(7)
32 0(3)
63 0(3)
95 (10)   
Teams managed
Sheffield United
Rotherham United
Derby County (caretaker)
Derby County (caretaker)
York City
Mansfield Town

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

William Johnston McGowan "Billy" McEwan (born 20 June 1951) is a Scottish former footballer and manager, who last worked at Mansfield Town.


Playing career

Born in Cleland, North Lanarkshire, McEwan started his playing career as a midfielder with Scottish non-League side Pumpherston Juniors before joining Hibernian in 1969, making 60 appearances and scoring two goals for the Edinburgh club. McEwan left Hibernian in May 1973 to join Blackpool, and went on to play for Brighton & Hove Albion, Chesterfield, Mansfield Town, Peterborough United and Rotherham United whom he left in the 1982–83 season.

Managerial career

McEwan's first coaching appointment was at Sheffield United after he replaced Ian Porterfield as manager on 27 March 1986. The following season Sheffield United finished ninth in Second Division after an unspectacular season. More disappointing performances in the 1987–88 season followed, and McEwan was forced to resign before taking over as manager of Rotherham United and guided them to the Fourth Division Championship in the 1988–89 season. McEwan later had a spell as manager at Darlington, but he was replaced by Alan Murray midway through his second season.

McEwan receiving the April Manager of the Month award for the Conference National

McEwan then spent nine years on the coaching team at Derby County. He was caretaker manager there twice in April to June 1995 and in January 2002, after the sackings of Roy McFarland and Colin Todd respectively. In 2003 he was sacked by the then manager John Gregory, but was restored into the post when he was found to have been unfairly dismissed.[1] Altogether he was on the coaching staff under five managers at Derby. He left Derby on 19 October 2004, saying "I am looking for a new challenge. The time was right for me to move on".[2 ]

McEwan was appointed as manager of York City on 10 February 2005,[3 ] where in his first full season he achieved a position of 8th in the Conference National. McEwan said that he rejected an offer from an unnamed Football League club to take over as their manager in October 2005.[4 ] During October 2006, he threatened to walk out on the club if the fans were not satisfied with his efforts.[5 ]

In December 2006 McEwan branded Clayton Donaldson's agent Andy Sprott "an amateur" as he was concerned that the Winchester-based agent might have an unsettling effect on the player. He said: "I can trust reputable agents that have a good name and respect in the game but I can't deal with amateurs.[6 ] McEwan issued a public apology to York City's supporters and on loan West Bromwich Albion striker Rob Elvins after the teams home defeat to Conference bottom club Tamworth on 3 February 2007. [7]

McEwan was named Conference Manager of the Month for April 2007. He was sacked by York on 19 November 2007.[8 ] He was linked with the managerial vacancy at Mansfield Town in March 2008. [9] He was appointed as their manager on a three-year contract on 4 July 2008 after the sacking of Paul Holland.[10 ] McEwan was sacked by the club on 10 December.[11 ]



As a player


Mansfield Town

As a manager

Rotherham United

York City

Managerial statistics

As of 10 December 2008.[12 ]
Team Nation From To Matches Won Drawn Lost Win %
Sheffield United  England 27 March 1986 2 January 1988 86 27 34 25 31.4
Rotherham United  England 1 April 1988 1 January 1991 141 52 49 40 36.9
Darlington  England 1 May 1992 4 October 1993 57 13 25 19 22.8
Derby County (caretaker)  England 29 April 1995 15 June 1995 1 0 1 0 00.0
Derby County (caretaker)  England 14 January 2002 30 January 2002 2 0 2 0 00.0
York City  England 10 February 2005 19 November 2007 131 52 48 31 39.7
Mansfield Town  England 4 July 2008 10 December 2008 26 8 6 12 30.8


  1. ^ "McEwan back at Derby". BBC Sport. 2003-04-03. Retrieved 2007-02-24.  
  2. ^ "McEwan ambitious for fresh task". BBC Sport. 2004-10-19. Retrieved 2007-02-24.  
  3. ^ "York City undergoes big changes". BBC Sport. 2005-02-18. Retrieved 2007-02-24.  
  4. ^ "York manager rejects League offer". BBC Sport. 2005-10-28. Retrieved 2007-02-24.  
  5. ^ "York manager threatens to quit". BBC Sport. 2006-10-16. Retrieved 2007-01-18.  
  6. ^ "McEwan slams Clayton's agent". The Press. 2006-12-29. Retrieved 2007-01-18.  
  7. ^ "McEwan apologises after his sloppy side succumb to Lambs". The Press. 2007-02-05. Retrieved 2007-02-05.  
  8. ^ "York City dismiss manager McEwan". BBC Sport. 2007-11-19. Retrieved 2007-11-19.  
  9. ^ "I would like challenge of keeping Stags up - McEwan". Mansfield Chad. 2008-03-10. Retrieved 2008-07-04.  
  10. ^ "McEwan replaces Holland at Stags". BBC Sport. 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2008-07-04.  
  11. ^ "Boss McEwan sacked by Mansfield". BBC Sport. 2008-12-10. Retrieved 2008-12-10.  
  12. ^ "Billy McEwan's managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-12.  

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