Barry Ferguson Appointed | 13 Jun 2014 | News - Clyde Football Club

Barry Ferguson Appointed

Fri, 13th Jun 2014 6:30pm

Clyde FC is delighted to announce the appointment of Barry Ferguson as Head Coach.

Ferguson, 36, has enjoyed a long and illustrious playing career to date and took his first steps into management earlier this year.

He made his senior debut for Rangers in 1997 at the age of 19 and soon became a regular feature in the Ibrox club's midfield. Under the guidance of managers such as Walter Smith and Dick Advocaat, he went on to record nearly 300 appearances for The Gers over two separate spells, also being named club captain and winning several trophies.

In between those periods, Barry enjoyed his first experience of the English Premier League during a two-year stint with Blackburn Rovers. He returned to the EPL after leaving Rangers in 2009, once again joining forces with ex-Rangers and Scotland boss Alex McLeish at Birmingham City. During that time he participated in a famous League Cup Final win over Arsenal at Wembley.

Barry's next move was to Blackpool in the English Championship and, following the departure of Paul Ince in January this year, he was installed as The Seasiders' caretaker manager. He subsequently left Bloomfield Road in May after they avoided relegation with a 20th place finish.

Barry's talents were also consistently recognised at International level and he holds a total of 45 Scotland caps, with three goals for his country.

The club can also confirm the appointment of Malky Thomson as Assistant Head Coach. Malky is vastly experienced within the game, having worked at several clubs in Scotland and also in other countries. Bob Malcolm will also join the coaching team, having worked alongside Barry at Blackpool.

After concluding the appointment today, Clyde chairman John Alexander said: "We are delighted that Barry has committed himself to taking Clyde forward as player-coach.

"He won us over with his vision for developing our squad and commitment to building on our existing youth policy, as he establishes himself as a manager in the Scottish game.

"We undertook a thorough recruitment process and we were fortunate to have many quality candidates keen to be involved with Clyde."