Billy McKinlay

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Where is Billy McKinlay now?

Former Blackburn Rovers and Scotland international midfielder Billy McKinlay retired from playing professionally in 2005 after a brief spell at Fulham.

Upon hanging up his boots, McKinlay stayed on at Fulham to work as an assistant coach with their under 21’s side.

Working his way up within the club’s coaching structure, McKinlay then went onto work as the under 21’s manager for six years until a promotion in 2012 to assistant coach under manager Martin Jol.

When Jol was sacked in December 2013 and Rene Meulensteen came in as manager he bought in his own backroom staff which meant that McKinlay had no choice but to end his 10-year association with the club,

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McKinlay was back in football in September 2014 when he was appointed as first-team coach of Watford working under Oscar Garcia.

In a strange turn of events, Garcia resigned from his role after only four games in charge due to ongoing health issues which subsequently thrust McKinlay into the manager’s hot seat.

During this period, McKinlay had been working as assistant coach with the Northern Ireland national team working with his former Dundee United team-mate Michael O’Neill but he left his position to concentrate all his efforts into his new managerial role at Watford.

Unfortunately for McKinlay he was in charge for just two games before their controversial Italian owner Giampaolo Pozzo decided he wanted to replace him with Slavisa Jokanovic and move him back into in a backroom position.

Declining the offer and leaving the club, McKinlay then went onto join fellow Scot David Moyes in Spain as his assistant at Real Sociedad.

The pair only lasted a year in La Liga and were sacked after a run of poor results left the club on the edge of the relegation zone.

Shortly after leaving Spain, McKinlay joined Norwegian side Stabæk Fotball as their new manager on a two-year contract.

McKinlay endured a tough eight months in Norway and was sacked in July 2016 after his side struggled in the league and were knocked out in the early rounds of the UEFA Europa League.

Regarded as one of the most highly regarded coaches in the game, McKinlay is currently without a club.

In September 2017, Billy McKinlay was declared bankrupt with debts of almost £700,000 after investing large amounts of money into a scheme which allowed investors the opportunity to claim tax relief through investing in the production of movies.

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Billy McKinlay: Premier League Statistics

NationalityScotland
PositionMidfielder
Appearances119
Goals Scored3
Yellow Cards35
Red Cards1
Premier League Teams Played forBlackburn Rovers, Bradford City, Fulham, Leicester City

Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com