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Club Managers


John Gibson

2016 - Present

Following the departure of Murdie MacKinnon in summer 2016 all current squad members also left. The chance of success in the role as Vics manager seemed almost impossible. 

The responsibility of re-building the club fell to John Gibson former Hamilton, Alloa, Morton, Stirling & Stenhousemuir midfielder (who began his career at the Vics in 1984). After being assistant manager at Shotts and Lanark United he chose to take the step up to manager for his hometown team.

His first season ended in inevitable relegation from the second tier of the West Region. The following season he built on his squad and came close to promotion from League 1, and reached the Central League Cup Semi-Final. In his third year as boss he was successful in gaining promotion to the Championship. In the 2019/20 season he led the Vics on their most successful league campaign of his tenure. 15 wins, two losses and one draw seen them destined to not only go up to the Premiership but possibly win the title. The Vics were declared joint-winners of the West Region Championship with Darvel in April 2020 following the COVID-19 outbreak. He remains in the hot-seat going into the new West of Scotland Football League for the 2020/21 season.


Murdie MacKinnon


Murdie MacKinnon was the successor to Davie Greig taking up the role after his departure just after the turn of the year in 2016. Adding to the current team he brought in three experience junior players on a short-term basis. 

This was enough to keep the Vics in the Super League First Division. Murdie left the club after just a short six-months in charge. He then headed to Pollok to become assistant manager. He is now the gaffer at Newlandsfield.


Davie Greig


A recognisable name across the lower leagues of the West of Scotland, Davie Greig has been in charge of many top clubs such as Irvine Meadow, Gartcairn & St. Roch's. One of his most succesful managerial jobs was at at the Vics. 

Taking over at Castle Park when the Vics sat at the very bottom of Central Second Division (junior tier 4) in 2012 he had a mammoth task ahead of him. After only 18 months in the role he secured not only promotion from the bottom tier but a league title to go with it. The following season he added a few players to his side and they pushed on won a second league title in a row, an incredible feat which has been matched by only a few clubs. As well as taking the Vics to three cup finals in his tenure. 

After losing some of his key players and playing against harder opposition he resigned as Vics mamnager in December 2015. 

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Brian Crawford


One of the shortest lived tenure's of a Vics manager in the club's history. He came to the Vics as Alan Shields No.2 and player. The former Clyde striker took the step up to management after the departure of Alan Shields.

Although, following a poor run of results he left the role after just a matter of weeks.


Alan Shields


Following Ian Rankin's short spell in charge, the gap that Willie Harvey had left at the club was yet to be filled. 

After wrapping up his playing career he took on his first managerial role. He achieved some very good results during his time as boss but couldn't quite reach the heights of some of the previous Vics managers which came before him. He left at the end of 2012/13 season for Cambuslang Rangers.


Ian Rankin


Whichever man took over from Willie Harvey would always have a tough task ahead of him. The replacement that the club chose was ex-Albion Rovers winger Ian Rankin. 

He left Newmains United in the summer of 2010 aqnd began the 2010/11 season with the Vics optimistically, however, by March of 2011 he found himself in a relegation battle in the Central First Division.

In March 2011 he was dismissed of his duties and returned to Newmains United.


Willie Harvey


One of the longest serving manager's in Vics history behind Hugh Smith & Tommy Coggill. 

In his time as Vics manager he won promtion twice from the Central Second Division. Once in 2006/07 and in 2008/09 he not only lead Vics to promotion from Tier 4 but also secured the Vics first piece of silverware since 1996 in winning the league title. 

The following season the Vics were relegated from the Central First Division and Harvey departed for Rutherglen Glencairn where he remains manager today.


Robert Clark


An ex-Vics player who went onto play for Kilmarnock, Motherwell & Albion Rovers, while also having a short stint at Rangers. A decade after his playing career finished he returned to Blantyre as manager. 

Although after success early on in his spell. Although after the departure of some of his best players in the summer of 2002 along with the lack of funds, he struggled to push the team forward. After eleven losses in thirteen games he resigned from his role in December 2002. 


John Brogan


A legendary striker at St. Johnstone, Hamilton Accies & Albion Rovers first moved into management with Stirling Albion. After being boss at Arbroath & Armadale Thistle he took the reigns at Castle Park following Jim Sinnett's departure. 

At the end of the 1998/99 season he opted to leave Blantyre for local rivals East Kilbride Thistle. 

In 2020 John Brogan came out of retirement to manage the Vics for a one game at Whitletts in the absence of John Gibson. His grandson Martin Smith is now currently a player for the Vics.


Jim Sinnett


A short yet very successful time Jim Sinnett had at the helm of Blantyre Vics. Taking on a very strong squad from Rab Sneddon with such names as Gary Shearer and Tommy Maider. He added an extra bit of quality to his squad in signing some seasoned junior players such as Kevin Flynn.

His most memorable result in his time as Blantyre manager came at Beechwood Park when his Vics side dominated Auchinleck and ran out 3 - 0 winners to reach the Scottish Junior Cup Semi-Final. One of his final games as gaffer was in this semi-final at Adamslie when Pollok beat his depleted Vics side 5 - 0.


Robert Sneddon


A well known manager within the junior ranks who had his first real success in. his managerial career with Blantyre. Alongside his trusted No.2 Harry Erwin he won a Central League Cup, a Sectional League Cup and a Central Division One league title. This was the first silverware the Vics had won in over a decade.

With some top class players at his disposal such as James Brown & Stephen Craigan (who would go on to be captain of Northern Ireland), it was little wonder that he was able to lead the Vics to their first ever treble. He went onto manage Pollok between 2004-2008 and his son managed Bellshill Athletic until April 2020. 


Willie Muldoon


Taking over from his former captain Tommy Coggill as manager at the Vics in 1993. A legend from the 1982 Junior Cup winning Blantyre team there was certainly a weight of expectation on him when he took the reigns.

In 1995 he left Castle Park, with no silverware to his name this time round, but with the satisfaction that his assistant Rab Sneddon and certain members in his squad would go on to great achieve great success with Blantyre.


Tommy Coggill


The former captain returned for a second spell as Vics manager in 1988 following some time away as part of the background staff of Cumnock and Lesmahagow.

He came back amidst large-scale improvements in terms of the ground. The new pavilion fund seen the majority of money in the club going to this project so he found difficulty improving the squad. Although he did have many memorable moments in his second spell as boss, including two visits from Glasgow Celtic in 1990 & 1993


David Hayes


David Hayes more well-known as 'Davie' in his time at Castle Park. He took the step up from player to manager following the departure of club legend Tommy Coggill who left to join Billy Whiteside's background staff at Cumnock. 

The former Greenock Morton defender who moved to the Vics as a player in 1986 was one of the youngest manager's in the club's history when he took over as player/manager. His time in charge was short-lived as he resigned from the role alongside his assistant Frank Welsh in March 1988.


Tommy Coggill


With the departure of a Junior Cup winning manager just a season after his huge success at Ibrox, his role soon had to be filled. The responsibility fell to current club captain Tommy Coggill. 

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