Before his coaching career : Malky MACKAY

This summer as I did for French manager the last years, Old School Panini will show you all the Premier League's manager before their coaching career. First of them, the manager of promoted Cardiff City. Malcolm George "Malky" Mackay is a Scottish former player, who played as a defender. Mackay began his playing career in Scottish football, with Queen's Park FC of Glasgow, before joining Celtic in the summer of 1993. He made 46 appearances in 5 years with the Glasgow club, and in September 1998 moved to England, joining Norwich City for a fee of £350,000 after a one-game loan spell. At the end of the 2001–02 season Norwich fans voted Mackay in second place behind Gary Holt in the voting for Norwich City player of the year. In the 2003–04 season, his sixth at Norwich, the club was promoted to the Premier League, however he was released by Norwich at the end of the season. He was named in the Football League First Division Team of the Year in the 2003–04 in which they got promoted. 

Arguably Mackay's most famous moment at Norwich was during a local derby against Ipswich Town, in which he scored two goals. Mackay signed for West Ham United, before getting a chance to play in the Premier League. He played 18 league games for the Hammers, although none after March, as West Ham reached the play-offs, beating Preston North End in the final to reach the Premier League. Mackay was released before playing a top flight game. Mackay was picked up on a free transfer by Watford. Mackay was involved in some fantastic defensive displays as well as scoring some vital goals. At the end of the 2005–06 season Mackay achieved the feat of being promoted to the Premier League for the third successive season, as Watford defeated Leeds United 3–0 in the play-off final. In the 2007–08 season Mackay's only first team appearance came during an FA Cup match against Wolves in January 2008. He took over as caretaker manager at Watford on 4 November 2008 following the departure of Aidy Boothroyd. During his sixth and final season at Norwich, at the age of 32, Mackay became the oldest man to make his debut for Scotland in 32 years. In total, Mackay won five caps for Scotland.

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