Maurice Daniel Robert Malpas
(born 3 August 1962 in Dunfermline) is the assistant manager at Inverness Caledonian Thistle
having joined the club on 27 January 2009 along with their new
manager Terry Butcher.
his entire professional playing career with Dundee United
He won 55
caps for Scotland and subsequently is a member of the Scotland
Football Hall of Fame.
A Scottish schools U-15 cap, he signed for
Dundee United from Leven Royals in 1979. Despite making his
first-team debut in November 1981, he did not become a full-time
player until the completion of his BSc
degree in Electrical Engineering
Maurice soon developed into one of the best full backs in Scotland,
a fact recognised when he won the first of his caps
in 1984. He went on to exceed 50, thus
becoming the only United player so far to enter the SFA
’s Hall of Fame. In his
fiftieth international appearance (away to Norway
in June 1992) he was
made captain to mark the occasion.
Consistently outstanding, his good fortune in avoiding serious
injury helped him build the club’s all-time record of 617
appearances by the time he retired from playing in the year 2000.
assumed full time coaching duties at Tannadice, having been acting as player/coach since
He was part of the temporary management team following
the dismissal of Alex
in October 2002, but left the club in January 2003.
He initially joined Motherwell as assistant manager to former
coaching colleague Terry Butcher
taking over the manager's position in May 2006 following Butcher's
departure to coach Sydney FC
. He left the club in June 2007
after one season in charge, having taken the team from a
comfortable mid-table position to one that was lucky to escape
relegation. Malpas later became caretaker manager of Scotland's
in August 2007 but missed out on the permanent position to
In January 2008, Malpas became manager of Swindon Town
after the takeover of the
club by local businessman Andrew Fitton, replacing former Dundee
United team-mate Paul Sturrock
was sacked by Chairman Andrew Fitton on 14 November 2008 after a
poor run of results and shock exits in the FA
and in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy
week.Malpas applied for the vacant job at Crewe
Alexandra and despite claiming to the Crewe fans to be their
man and reaching the final 6 candidates, on 19 December, Malpas was
told he would not be given the Manager job at Crewe.
- Harry Reid (2005), The Final Whistle?, Birlinn, 238