Kevin Duncan MacDonald (born 22 November 1960 in Inverness, Scotland) is a Scottish former footballer who is the former manager of Swindon Town and Aston Villa. As a player MacDonald was a member of the Liverpool “double” winning side of 1986.
Prior to taking his first managerial job at Swindon. MacDonald’s career in coaching most notably included a spell as caretaker manager at Aston Villa following the resignation of Martin O’Neill on 9 August 2010. MacDonald also worked as assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland, with his ex-Liverpool team-mate Steve Staunton, who he used to coach at Aston Villa. In 1994, he also spent a short time as caretaker manager at Leicester City.
A product of the Scottish Highland Football League, MacDonald joined Liverpool from Leicester City for £400,000 in November 1984. He had been discovered by Leicester while playing for his home town club, Inverness Caledonian F.C. in the Highland Football League. (now Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC of the Scottish Premier League). As a teenage player in the Highland League with Inverness Caledonian FC, Alex Ferguson, then manager of Aberdeen FC, watched Macdonald on several occasions, but no business was done. He never commanded a regular spot at Anfield, but he was in the team at the right time, helping Liverpool to the First Division title in 1986 and then to the “double” (only the third in the 20th century) when he helped them beat Everton in the 1986 FA Cup Final at Wembley.
At the start of the following season, MacDonald broke his leg. By the time he recovered Kenny Dalglish had settled on Steve McMahon for the central midfield role and there was to be no way back into the Liverpool first team. He later had spells on loan at his old club Leicester and also at Rangers. In June 1989 he made a permanent move to Coventry City and played out his career. In April 1989, shortly before he left Liverpool, MacDonald, along with his team-mates, rallied round the bereaved families of the Hillsborough disaster.
In November 1994, MacDonald was named caretaker manager of Leicester City for a short period between the departure of Brian Little and the arrival of Mark McGhee.
In August 2010, following the immediate resignation of former Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill, he assumed the role of caretaker manager at the club. He had previously been the manager of Villa’s successful reserve side and assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland national side under Steve Staunton. MacDonald had been employed by Aston Villa since 1995 and had held a number of different positions at the club.
MacDonald’s first game as caretaker manager came at Villa Park against West Ham United on the opening day of the 2010–11 Premier League season which Villa won 3–0 including the last goal for James Milner as a Villa player. He then led Villa to a 1–1 draw in their Europa League qualifier first-leg match against Rapid Vienna. His second league game in charge resulted in a 6–0 defeat to Newcastle United
It was reported by The Sun newspaper on 31 August that Macdonald has expressed a desire to manage Villa on a permanent basis. Despite these claims, Villa named Gérard Houllier as their permanent manager on 8 September 2010; however, MacDonald remained in charge for the following two Premier League matches against Stoke City and Bolton due to Houllier having to work his notice with the French Football Federation.
With the departure of Houllier and his number 2, Gary McAllister, the Villa hierarchy let it be known that MacDonald and Gordon Cowans would have futures at the club no matter who the new manager was.
On 28 February 2013, it was announced MacDonald was the new manager of Swindon Town in League One MacDonald led the team into the 2013 League One play-offs following a 6th place league finish but lost 5-4 on penalties to Brentford in the semi-finals.On 12 July 2013, he failed to attend a pre-season friendly with Forest Green Rovers at The New Lawn for what was described by Swindon as ‘personal problems’ and after six months in the job, it was announced that he had quit the club the following day.
|Inverness Caledonian FC|
|1987||Leicester City (loan)||3||(0)|
|1990–1991||Cardiff City (loan)||8||(0)|
|1994||Leicester City (caretaker)|
|2003–2012||Aston Villa (assistant)|
|2006–2007||Republic of Ireland (assistant)|
|2010||Aston Villa (caretaker)|