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Malky Mackay
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Personal information
Full name Malcolm George Mackay
Date of birth 19 February 1972 (1972-02-19) (age 38)
Place of birth    Bellshill, Scotland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club Watford (Manager)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Queen's Park
Norwich City (loan)
Norwich City
West Ham United
070 0(6)
034 0(4)
001 0(0)
212 (15)
018 0(2)
052 0(3)   
National team
2004 Scotland 005 0(0)
Teams managed
Watford (caretaker)

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

Malcolm George "Malky" Mackay (born 19 February 1972) is a Scottish former footballer, who played as a central defender. During his career Mackay played for Queens Park, Celtic, Norwich City, West Ham and finally Watford, where he is currently employed as manager. He also played five times for the Scottish national football team.[1]


Club career


Early career

Mackay began his career in his native Scotland, coming through the youth ranks of Queen's Park, before joining Scottish giants Celtic in the summer of 1993. He made only 46 appearances in 5 years with the Glasgow club, and in September 1998 moved to England, joining Norwich City for a fee of £350,000 after a one-game loan spell.

Norwich City

At the end of the 2001/02 season Norwich fans voted Mackay in second place behind Gary Holt in the voting for Norwich City player of the year. In the 2003/04 season, his sixth at Norwich, the club was promoted to the Premier League after winning Division One, however he was released by Norwich at the end of the season. He was named in the First Division Team of the Year in the 2003/04 in which they got promoted.

West Ham

Mackay signed for West Ham United, before getting a chance to play in the Premier League, for £300,000 on the 10 September 2004. He played 18 league games for the Hammers, although none after March, as West Ham reached the play-offs, beating Preston North End in the final to reach the Premier League. Again, Mackay was released before playing a top flight game.


Mackay was picked up on a free transfer by Aidy Boothroyd as part of his rebuilding of Watford and soon become one of the key figures in Boothroyd's side. Mackay's experience was an invaluable asset to Watford and alongside Clarke Carlisle and Jay Demerit, Mackay was involved in some fantastic defensive displays as well as scoring some vital goals. At the end of the 2005/06 season Mackay achieved the feat of being promoted to the Premier League for the third successive season, as Watford beat Leeds United 3-0 in the play-off final.

After having been released following his two previous promotion campaigns, Mackay was assured by Boothroyd that he would play a part in Watford's Premier League campaign, citing his experience as an important asset to the team. Although he was not a first-team regular, Mackay made 14 Premier League appearances in 2006/07. In January 2007, Mackay took his first step into coaching by being promoted to first team coach, following the departure of Dave Hockaday.

In the 2007/08 season Mackay's only first team appearance came during an FA Cup tie against Wolves in January 2008. He took over as caretaker manager at Watford on 4 November 2008 following the departure of Aidy Boothroyd but his spell in charge lasted just 5 games after former Chelsea reserve coach Brendan Rodgers was appointed on a long term basis by then Watford chairman Graham Simpson. After Brendan Rodgers resigned in June 2009, Mackay took over as the manager of Watford and vowed to give Rodgers a good old pasting just for the Watford faithful.[2]

International career

During his sixth and final season at Norwich, at the age of 32, Mackay earned three caps for Scotland. His debut came in a 1-0 defeat to Denmark before playing in a 1-0 victory over Estonia and a 4-1 win against Trinidad & Tobago.

Managerial statistics

As of 13 March 2010.
Team Nation From To Record
G W D L Win %
Watford (caretaker)  England 4 November 2008 24 November 2008 5 2 1 2 40
Watford (permanent)  England 15 June 2009 Present 37 11 9 17 29.73


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Neil Emblen
Norwich City Captain
Succeeded by
Iwan Roberts

Simple English

Malky Mackay is the manager of Watford football club. He was a defender for West Ham United.


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