Kieran McAnespie
Manager Profile

Manager Details

  • Full Name: Kieran Liam McAnespie
  • Born: November 9th, 1979 (Gosport)
  • First Appointed: January 23rd, 2017


Managerial History


Jan 23rd, 2017 to Sep 1st, 2019

Most Appearances Top Scorers
1. Jamie Darroch - 89
2. Jordan Shelvey - 83
3. Andy Paterson - 81
4. Alan Vezza - 78
5. Chris Black - 66
6. Cammy McClair - 65
7. Nicky Little - 60
8. Marc Waters - 58
9. Ross Alexander - 51
10. Liam Rowan - 46
1. Nicky Little - 46
2. Jordan Shelvey - 36
3. Stevie Higgins - 16
4. Cammy McClair - 14
5. John Cunningham - 12
6. Del Hepburn - 10
7. Jamie Darroch - 8
8. Ciaran Lafferty - 6
9. Chris Black - 5
10. Ryan Deas - 5

First Match In Charge
Jan 28th, 2017 1 - 2 vs. Renfrew, League (Super Division One)

Last Match In Charge
Aug 31st, 2019 1 - 2 vs. Largs Thistle, League

Total Players Used:
64 (74 including unused subs)

Biggest Win(s)
Feb 9th, 2019 7 - 1 vs. Girvan, Scottish Junior Cup (5th Round)
Aug 1st, 2018 6 - 0 vs. Yoker Athletic, Sectional League Cup (Group 9)

Heaviest Defeat(s)
Sep 9th, 2017 0 - 5 vs. Auchinleck Talbot, League (Super Premier Division)

Overall Record

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
100 49 11 40 204 148
(49.0%) (11.0%) (40.0%)

At Home

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
49 26 5 18 106 63
(53.1%) (10.2%) (36.7%)

Biography

Kieran McAnespie’s appointment as Clydebank manager came as a surprise to many. As a player he came to prominence with St Johnstone in the Premier League scoring against both halves of the old firm. As a rising star he was one of four ‘future’ players taken to the 1998 world cup with the Scotland squad. He earned a move to Fulham which in terms of game time didn’t work out for Kieran. Arguably, this stymied his career at an age when he should have been playing. He had a couple of loan spells before heading back up the road to Falkirk. He spent the rest of his career in the lower leagues of Scotland with the likes of Alloa, Arbroath and Stirling Albion.

As he was coming to the end of his career he dropped into the Juniors, scoring against the Bankies when he was at Kilbirnie Ladeside. When the Clydebank manager’s position became available, Kieran was coaching at Glenafton. The Bankies board were impressed with his and Marc McCulloch’s vision and he was appointed on the 19th of January 2017 but officially took over team matters on the 23rd.

Clydebank were having a very disjointed season in 2016-17 which led to Budgie McGhie losing his job. When Kieran took over the club were still in with a shout of promotion, but had a job on his hands trying to get the best out of a clearly de-motivated side. This difficulty was magnified by the loss of four of his first six matches. By the time April came the club were in 7thposition in the league and did not look anything other than a mid-table side. Then something changed. Nicky Little was returned to his forwards role and with the assistance of a rejuvenated Burbidge and Shelvey the Bankies went on a phenomenal six match winning streak to finish an unlikely 2nd place earning promotion to the Super Premier.

It’s fair to say that Kieran managed to get a sub-standard side into the Premier League. With the loss of Little and Burbidge in the close season – easily the clubs two best players – he had his work cut out. It would also be fair to say that his recruitment for that season wasn’t great and this led to a disastrous first half to the season with club only winning one of its first eleven matches.

As a young manager he learned quickly and wasn’t afraid to make changes. He very soon set about removing all the failed players from the squad and replaced them with others in positions he identified were problematic. There was a sea change in the season beginning with the capture of the Sectional League Cup very much against the odds against Pollok. From then on Clydebank’s fortunes were on the up and they finished 12 points ahead of the relegation positions.

Further positive recruitment saw the club have a great first half to the 2018-19 season. By the New Year the club were sitting proudly in second position and in the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup. Unfortunately, the club lost influential assistant Marc McCulloch due to work circumstances around this time and the club shortly lost to Hurlford in the Cup. With nothing much to play for the Bankies had a bit of a slump and ended the season in mid-table.

There was a sense of positivity at the start of the 2019-20 season with the early optimism giving way to some poor results in the league. For the first time Kieran was under pressure from the terraces with the up and down nature of results. It is at this time that it was announced that Kieran would be leaving the club due to joining the fire service.

Overall, Kieran McAnespie’s tenure can be seen as a success. He led the club to a promotion and a cup win. He subsequently went on to consolidate the club’s position in the Premier League and made further strides the following season comfortably finishing mid table after a strong start. At the time of his departure the Bankies had made an indifferent start to the campaign, but he certainly left the club in a better place than in the place he found it.


Players Signed

New Players Transferred In
Player Date Signed Fee
1. Ciaran Lafferty Jul 1st, 2017
2. Ross Forsyth Jul 1st, 2017
3. Scott Morrison Jul 1st, 2017
4. Adam Asghar Jan 5th, 2018
5. Stevie Higgins Jan 20th, 2018
6. Cammy McClair Jan 23rd, 2018
7. Marc Waters Mar 30th, 2018
8. Del Hepburn Jul 1st, 2018
9. Sean Higgins Jul 1st, 2018
10. Michael McIndoe Aug 3rd, 2018
11. Declan Fitzpatrick Oct 5th, 2018
12. Lee Duncanson Oct 18th, 2018
13. Jordan Kennedy Jun 22nd, 2019
14. Paul Byrne Jun 22nd, 2019
15. Conor Lynass Jul 5th, 2019
16. Aaron Millar Jul 23rd, 2019
17. Anthony Higgins Jul 23rd, 2019

Youth Players Signed on Professional Terms
Player Pro Terms Signed
First Signing

Scott Morrison
on Jul 1st, 2017