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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 Championship club Hull City.

Grant McCann
Grant McCann.jpeg
McCann in 2016
Personal information
Full name Grant Samuel McCann[1]
Date of birth (1980-04-14) 14 April 1980 (age 39)[1]
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Hull City (manager)
Youth career
1995–1996 Distillery
1996–1998 West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
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 158 (31)
2006–2007Barnsley (loan) 7 (1)
2007–2008 Barnsley 34 (3)
2008–2010 Scunthorpe United 102 (18)
2010–2015 Peterborough United 128 (29)
2015 Linfield 5 (1)
Total 482 (86)
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

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 careerEdit

West Ham and loansEdit

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 TownEdit

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 UnitedEdit

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 UnitedEdit

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 careerEdit

Peterborough UnitedEdit

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 RoversEdit

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 with a 2–0 win over Coventry. They lost to Charlton in the play-off semi final stages.

Hull CityEdit

McCann was appointed as head coach of Championship club Hull City on 21 June 2019 on a one-year rolling contract.[25]

International careerEdit

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.[26] Although he has yet to formally retire from international duty, the last of his 39 caps was won in a 6–0 friendly defeat against the Netherlands in June 2012.[citation needed]

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Northern Ireland's goal tally first.[27]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 24 March 2007 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein   Liechtenstein 4–1 4–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualification
2. 15 October 2008 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland   San Marino 2–0 4–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 11 February 2009 San Marino Stadium, Serravalle, San Marino   San Marino 2–0 3–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 12 August 2009 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland   Israel 1–0 1–1 Friendly

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of match played 17 August 2019
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref.
P W D L Win %
Peterborough United (caretaker) 8 September 2015 21 September 2015 2 1 1 0 050.0 [28][29]
Peterborough United 23 April 2016 25 February 2018 104 41 27 36 039.4 [23][29]
Doncaster Rovers 27 June 2018 21 June 2019 59 27 14 18 045.8 [29]
Hull City 21 June 2019 Present 4 2 1 1 050.0 [29]
Total 169 71 43 55 042.0


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  16. ^ "Peterborough United list Grant McCann, release Joe Lewis". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
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  19. ^ "Grant McCann handed Peterborough United coaching role". BBC Sport. 23 February 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  20. ^ "Linfield confirm Grant McCann will leave to take up coaching role". BBC Sport. 26 February 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  21. ^ "Peterborough United: Grant McCann appointed manager". BBC Sport. 16 May 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  22. ^ "Grant McCann named League One Manager of the Month". EFL. 8 September 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
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  25. ^ "Grant McCann: Hull City appoint Doncaster Rovers boss as head coach". BBC Sport. 21 June 2019. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
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  27. ^ "McCann, Grant". National Football Teams. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
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