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

Playing career

Born in Clelandmarker, North Lanarkshire, McEwan started his playing career as a midfielder with Scottishmarker non-League side Pumpherston Juniors before joining Hibernian in 1969, making 60 appearances and scoring two goals for the Edinburghmarker 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. 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".

McEwan was appointed as manager of York City on 10 February 2005, 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. During October 2006, he threatened to walk out on the club if the fans were not satisfied with his efforts.

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. 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.

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

Honours

As a player

Hibernian

Mansfield Town

As a manager

Rotherham United York City

Managerial statistics

As of 10 December 2008.


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


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