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Former Dundee United coach, Jim McLean reported dead



Unconfirmed news circulating through social media has reported that Jim McLean has passed away today at the age of 83.

Particularly a social media in Dundee reported the death of Jim McLean but it is still not yet confirmed as at the time of writing this report.


James Yuille McLean was born 2 August 1937 in Scotland. He was a Scottish former football player, manager and director.

He managed Dundee United between 1971 and 1993, becoming the longest-serving and most successful manager in the club’s history, winning three major honours.

He also was a part-time assistant manager to Jock Stein with the Scotland national team.

Jim led Dundee United to their only Scottish Football League title in 1982–83, following Scottish League Cup wins in 1979 and 1980. Under McLean, the club also lost in a further eight domestic cup finals.

In European football, McLean’s Dundee United reached the European Cup semi-finals in 1984 and the UEFA Cup final in 1987.

He became a Dundee United director in 1984 and served as chairman between 1988 and 2000 when he resigned after assaulting a reporter. His involvement with the club finally ended in 2002 when he sold his majority shareholding.

His playing career included spells with Hamilton Academical, Clyde, Dundee and Kilmarnock as an inside forward. McLean is a member of a prominent footballing family; his brothers Tommy and Willie were also successful as players and managers.

McLean’s achievements saw him win the first ever SFWA Manager of the Year award in 1987. He was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2005.

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