Grant McCann

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Grant McCann
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McCann in 2016
Personal information
Full name Grant Samuel McCann [1]
Date of birth (1980-04-14) 14 April 1980 (age 41) [1]
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland [1]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Hull City (manager)
Youth career
1995–1996 Distillery
1996–1998 West Ham United
Senior career*
1998–2003 West Ham United 4 (0)
1999Livingston (loan) 4 (0)
2000Notts County (loan) 2 (0)
2000–2001Cheltenham Town (loan) 30 (3)
2002Cheltenham Town (loan) 8 (0)
2003–2007 Cheltenham Town 155 (31)
2006–2007Barnsley (loan) 7 (1)
2007–2008 Barnsley 34 (3)
2008–2010 Scunthorpe United 99 (18)
2010–2015 Peterborough United 160 (29)
2015 Linfield 5 (1)
National team
2000–2001 Northern Ireland U21 11 (3)
2001–2012 Northern Ireland 39 (4)
Teams managed
2015 Peterborough United (caretaker)
2016–2018 Peterborough United
2018–2019 Doncaster Rovers
2019– Hull City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Grant Samuel McCann (born 14 April 1980) is a Northern Irish professional football manager and former player who played as a midfielder in the Football League. He is the manager of EFL Championship club Hull City.


Born in Belfast, McCann played in the Distillery youth system from 1995 until signing for the West Ham United Academy of Football in 1996, where he started his professional career. [2] [3] He made his debut on 19 May 2001 in a 2–1 away defeat to Middlesbrough. [4] McCann also won 39 caps for Northern Ireland after making his senior debut against Malta in 2001, with the last of his 39 caps won in a 6–0 friendly defeat against the Netherlands in June 2012.

Club career

West Ham and loans

Finding it hard to break into the West Ham first team McCann had loan spells at Livingston and Notts County before moving to Cheltenham Town, in another loan deal, in 2000. [5] Despite only making a handful of substitute appearances for West Ham and never starting a game, he is remembered for scoring an unfortunate and bizarre own-goal during an infamous 1–7 away defeat to Blackburn Rovers on 14 October 2001. After coming off the bench, McCann attempted a clearance from inside his own penalty area but the ball somehow spun backwards behind him and past Shaka Hislop in the West Ham goal. [6] This turned out to be McCann's final appearance for West Ham. [7] [8]

Cheltenham Town

After another loan deal took him back to Cheltenham in 2002, the move was made permanent during the January 2003 transfer window when he moved from West Ham for £50,000, a record transfer fee for Cheltenham Town. [5] McCann went on to make 155 league appearances for the Gloucestershire club. He had made only four substitute appearances for The Hammers. [9]


He joined Barnsley on loan deadline day, 23 November 2006, in a contract that expired on 1 January 2007. On his debut against Ipswich Town he scored a 92nd-minute winner in Simon Davey's first game as caretaker boss. [10] The two clubs agreed a fee of £100,000 and McCann moved to Barnsley permanently on 2 January 2007. [11] At the time this was a record fee for an outbound player from Cheltenham. [12]


In January 2008, McCann left Barnsley to sign for Championship rivals Scunthorpe United for an undisclosed fee. [13]

Peterborough United

On 24 May 2010, Peterborough United announced that they had beaten off competition from a host of Championship clubs to secure the services of McCann on a three-year contract. [14] On 1 August, McCann was named the captain for the 2010–11 League One season, taking the role from George Boyd. He continued to hold this position for the 2011–12 season. [15]

McCann has the rare achievement of being promoted via a play-off three times – once each with three clubs at three Stadiums – with Cheltenham Town at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, with Scunthorpe United at Wembley Stadium, London and with Peterborough United at Old Trafford, Manchester.

On 30 April 2012, McCann with seven other Peterborough players were placed on the transfer list by manager Darren Ferguson. [16]


On 14 January 2015, McCann returned to his native country to join NIFL Premiership side Linfield on a free transfer after his contract at Peterborough was terminated by mutual consent. He signed an initial six-month contract to last until the end of the 2014–15 season. [17] McCann, who made close to 200 appearances in all competitions for Posh, had been assisting with the coaching of Peterborough's youth side in the weeks prior to his departure, but was keen to continue playing regularly. [18] His brother, Ryan McCann, had previously played for Linfield between 2002 and 2005, winning several trophies with the Blues including the league title in 2004 and the Setanta Cup in 2005.

On 23 February 2015, McCann was linked to a coaching role at his former club Peterborough United, following the sacking of Darren Ferguson two days earlier. It was assumed that McCann would balance his role at Peterborough with his playing time at Linfield. [19] However, it was later confirmed that McCann would be ending his stay at Linfield after just six weeks. During his short spell at the club, he made six appearances in all competitions, scoring once against Ballymena United in a league game.

Return to Peterborough United

On 26 February 2015, Linfield confirmed that McCann's contract had been terminated with immediate effect, facilitating his return to Peterborough in a coaching capacity until at least the end of the 2014–15 season. [20]

Managerial career

Peterborough United

On 16 May 2016, McCann was appointed Peterborough United manager on a four-year contract. [21] He was named League One Manager of the Month for August 2017, after his team got off to a flying start at the beginning of the season. [22] On 25 February 2018, he was sacked after no wins in seven matches. [23]

Doncaster Rovers

On 27 June 2018, McCann was announced as the new Doncaster Rovers manager. [24] He led them to the play-offs on the final day of the season, 4 May 2019, with a 2–0 win over Coventry City. They finished in sixth place in the League One table. [25] They lost to Charlton Athletic in the play-off semi-final stages. After two legs the aggregate score was 4–4 with Charlton winning 4–3 on penalties. [26]

Hull City

McCann was appointed as head coach of Championship club Hull City on 21 June 2019 on a one-year rolling contract. [27] City vice-chairman and son of owner Assem Allam, Ehab Allam said of McCann’s appointment, "Grant has been a standout candidate with a playing style and philosophy aligned to that of the Club. With a great team of existing staff in their support and of the squad too, I hope for an exciting season ahead." [28] On 14 July 2020, Hull lost 8–0 at Wigan Athletic, equalling their record loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers in November 1911. The result put Hull in the bottom three by one point having won once in their past 18 games with 14 defeats. [29] Hull were relegated to League One in 24th and bottom place following a 3–0 defeat by Cardiff City on 22 July. Despite the relegation, McCann said he hoped to manage the team in the upcoming season. [30]

McCann immediately led the team back to the Championship as League One Champions, winning promotion with two matches left to play after a 2–1 victory at Lincoln City. [31] The title was secured the following match with a 3–1 victory over Wigan Athletic, as second placed Peterborough United were held to a 3–3 draw, a result that still saw them promoted. [32] McCann was awarded a number of individual awards over the season, winning the League One Manager of the Month for both January 2021 [33] and April 2021. [34]

International career

He made his debut for the Northern Ireland national team on 6 October 2001 in a 1–0 away win against Malta. [5] He opened his goalscoring account for Northern Ireland by scoring the last goal, a header, in the 4–1 away win against Liechtenstein on 24 March 2007. [35] The last of his 39 caps were won in a 6–0 friendly defeat against the Netherlands in June 2012.[ citation needed ]

International goals

Scores and results list Northern Ireland's goal tally first. [36]
1.24 March 2007 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, LiechtensteinFlag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein 4–14–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualification
2.15 October 2008 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern IrelandFlag of San Marino.svg  San Marino 2–04–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
3.11 February 2009 San Marino Stadium, Serravalle, San MarinoFlag of San Marino.svg  San Marino 2–03–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
4.12 August 2009 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern IrelandFlag of Israel.svg  Israel 1–01–1 Friendly

Career statistics

Playing statistics

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueFA CupLeague CupOtherTotal
West Ham United 1999–2000 [37] Premier League 00000000
2000–01 [38] Premier League10000010
2001–02 [39] Premier League30000030
Livingston (loan) 1999–2000 [37] Scottish First Division 4000001 [lower-alpha 1] 050
Notts County (loan) 2000–01 [38] Second Division 2000100030
Cheltenham Town (loan) 2000–01 [38] Third Division 30320001 [lower-alpha 2] 0333
Cheltenham Town 2002–03 [40] Second Division27600002 [lower-alpha 2] 1297
2003–04 [41] Third Division43833111 [lower-alpha 2] 04812
2004–05 [42] League Two 39500102 [lower-alpha 2] 1426
2005–06 [43] League Two39831226 [lower-alpha 3] 05011
2006–07 [44] League One 15520201 [lower-alpha 2] 2207
Barnsley 2006–07 [44] Championship 221000000221
2007–08 [45] Championship193102000223
Scunthorpe United 2007–08 [45] Championship141000000141
2008–09 [46] League One43930107 [lower-alpha 4] 15410
2009–10 [47] Championship428102100459
Peterborough United 2010–11 [48] League One38941103 [lower-alpha 5] 34613
2011–12 [49] Championship418001000428
2012–13 [50] Championship408102000438
2013–14 [51] League One35420208 [lower-alpha 6] 2476
2014–15 [52] League One6000101 [lower-alpha 2] 080
Linfield 2015–16 NIFL Premiership 5100000051
Career total508872251943210581106
  1. Appearances in Scottish Challenge Cup
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Appearances in Football League Trophy
  3. Three appearances in Football League Trophy and three in League Two play-offs
  4. Four appearances in Football League Trophy and three in League One play-offs
  5. Appearances League One play-offs
  6. Six appearances in Football League Trophy and two in League One play-offs

Managerial statistics

As of match played 9 May 2021
Managerial record by team and tenure
Peterborough United (caretaker)8 September 201521 September 20152110050.0 [53] [54]
Peterborough United23 April 201625 February 2018104412736039.4 [23] [54]
Doncaster Rovers 27 June 201821 June 201959271418045.8 [54]
Hull City 21 June 2019Present107452339042.1 [54]



Scunthorpe United

Peterborough United


Hull City


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