Ian McParland

Ian John McParland (born 4 October 1961) is a Scottish former professional football player and manager. He played professionally as a striker with a number of teams and he is most known for his eight-year spell with Notts County, a club he later managed. He now features as a pundit on weekly football talk show 'Team Talk' on Notts TV.

Ian McParland
Personal information
Full name Ian John McParland[1]
Date of birth (1961-10-04) 4 October 1961 (age 59)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Nottingham Forest (Youth Coach)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1980 Ormiston Primrose
1980–1989 Notts County 221 (69)
1989–1991 Hull City 47 (7)
1991Walsall (loan) 11 (6)
1991–1992 Dunfermline Athletic 16 (2)
1992 Lincoln City 4 (0)
1992Sliema Wanderers (loan) 1 (1)
1992–1993 Northampton Town 11 (3)
1993–1994 Instant-Dict (18)
1994–1995 Eastern AA
1995 Hamilton Academical 1 (0)
1995 Kettering Town 3 (0)
1995–1996 Cliftonville 6 (1)
1996 Dagenham & Redbridge 1 (0)
1996–1997 Berwick Rangers 9 (1)
Total 320 (88)
Teams managed
2006 Nottingham Forest (joint caretaker)
2007–2009 Notts County
2009–2011 Ipswich Town (assistant manager)
2011 Ipswich Town (caretaker)
2011 Swindon Town (assistant manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:13, 9 March 2014 (UTC)

Playing career

McParland grew up in Tranent, East Lothian and after leaving an apprenticeship with Sunderland due to homesickness worked for two years in the Lothian coal mining industry whilst playing for Ormiston Primrose.[2] McParland was with Notts County from 1980 to 1988, then had spells at Hull City, Walsall, Dunfermline Athletic, Lincoln City, Northampton Town, Instant-Dict (Hong Kong), Eastern AA (Hong Kong), Hamilton Academical and Berwick Rangers.

Coaching and management

Nottingham Forest

McParland eventually went to Nottingham Forest as a coach. He was with Forest for over 10 years and was the reserve team coach for most of that time. When Gary Megson left the club in February 2006, he was put in temporary charge with Frank Barlow in a joint first team management role.

He and Barlow were named Managers of the Month for March 2006, when they went 10 games unbeaten, with 6 straight wins, including a 7-1 victory over Swindon Town at the City Ground. McParland just missed out on equalling a club record of 7 straight wins when Forest fell to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Hartlepool United. Despite Forest narrowly missing out on the League One playoffs, McParland was still the favourite to land the Forest job (with Barlow) on a permanent basis. After Colin Calderwood was named the permanent successor to Megson, McParland and Barlow became coaches for the Forest first team.

Notts County

He was announced as the new Notts County manager in October 2007. McParland enjoyed a two-year spell in charge and, despite the appointment of Sven-Göran Eriksson as Director of Football, the club decided to retain his services. McParland was sacked on 12 October 2009,[3] however, with the club in fifth place in League Two.

Ipswich Town

He joined Ipswich as part of Roy Keane's coaching staff on 27 November 2009. On 7 January 2011 he took over as caretaker manager for the departed Keane,[4] and in his first game suffered a 7–0 defeat to Premier League side Chelsea. His second and final game in charge was the home leg of the League Cup semi-final against Arsenal on 12 January 2011, which Ipswich won 1-0. He was replaced permanently by Paul Jewell on 13 January 2011.

Swindon Town

McParland joined Swindon Town on 3 March 2011[5] as assistant to Paul Hart who had taken over the manager's role. He left the club in April 2011 following relegation to League Two.

Return to Forest

On 28 February 2013, McParland was appointed the under-21 coach at former club Nottingham Forest, returning to the club after an absence of over five years.[6]

Managerial statistics

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Nottingham Forest 17 Feb 2006 30 May 2006 13 8 4 1 61.50
Notts County 18 October 2007 12 October 2009 103 28 31 44 27.18
Ipswich Town 7 January 2011 12 January 2011 2 1 0 1 50.00


  1. "Ian McParland". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  2. "McParland taking care with role as part of double act". Scotland on Sunday. 16 April 2006. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  3. "McParland loses Notts County job". BBC Sport. 12 October 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  4. "Charlie Takes Charge". Ipswich Town official website. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2011.
  5. "Ian McParland joins Swindon Town". Swindon Town official website. 3 March 2011. Archived from the original on 5 March 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2011.
  6. Sky Sports: Ian McParland returns to Nottingham Forest