6. Stephen McManus

Name Stephen McManus
Position Defender
Squad number 6
Height 1.90m
Weight 79kg
Born 10th September, 1982
Birthplace Lanark
Nationality Scottish
Int Caps 26
Int Goals 2

Biography

When former Scotland internationalist Stephen McManus signalled his intention to return north of the border upon the conclusion of his contract at Middlesbrough in 2013, Stuart McCall moved swiftly to entice the defender to Fir Park, beating off interest from Dundee Utd and Hibernian.

Beginning his career with Celtic McManus enjoyed a trophy laden seven years in the Hoops first team winning three league titles, two Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups. During that time he would become the club captain and make over 200 League and Cup appearances for the Parkhead side.

In early 2010, having fallen out of favour somewhat with Tony Mowbray, McManus linked up with former gaffer Gordon Strachan on a loan deal at Middlesbrough, a move that would eventually become permanent when the Teesside club stumped up £1.5m in July 2010.

In February 2012 Stephen moved on loan for a short spell at Bristol City before completing the campaign back at Riverside Stadium.

Curiously history continued to repeat itself with McManus falling out of favour with Tony Mowbray, who had ironically followed in the footsteps of Gordon Strachan as Middlesbrough manager, with season 12’13 bringing a further loan spell at Ashton Gate.

The Lanark born defender made his bow in claret and amber in the Europa League at Fir Park in August 2013 when the Steelmen faced Russians Kuban Krasnodar and would go on to play 42 league and cup outings for the Steelmen in his first season at the club.

McManus proved himself to be something of a threat at the other end of the park also during that opening campaign netting four goals, three of which were winners, including an 88th minute goal which sealed a remarkable late comeback against Partick Thistle.

Upon securing second place, one of Stuart McCall’s first actions was to re-sign the former Scotland star on a new two year deal.

It was a difficult second season for both player and club but all came good in the end with McManus netting Motherwell’s vital second goal in the 3-1 play-off victory against Rangers at Ibrox.

After Mark McGhee replaced Ian Baraclough in October 2015 the returning ‘Well manager leant heavily upon the experience of McManus to help turn the club’s fortunes around. The defender was rewarded with a further two year deal after playing his part in the Steelmen’s rise up the table to an eventual 5th place finish in season 15’16.

Stephen’s leadership and nous was badly missed as Motherwell fought against the drop in season 16’17 with his campaign ended prematurely in February 2017 through injury.

Now being eased back to full fitness by Stephen Robinson, McManus made his first outing of the season in the Betfred Cup victory over Edinburgh City.

All being well the veteran defender should pass through the 150 league appearance mark for the club during the 17’18 season.

 

Motherwell Appearances

Season Started Sub On Goals Yellow Card Red Card
2016/17 29 0 0 4 0
2015/16 40 0 1 6 1
2014/15 42 0 1 6 1
2013/14 42 0 4 4 0
Total 153 0 6 20 2
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