Ian ‘Charlie’ John McParland (born 4 October 1961 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish former professional association 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 is currently a youth team coach at Nottingham Forest.
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. McParland was with Notts County from 1980 to 1988, and had caught the eye of then Forest manager Brian Clough who wanted to bring him to Forest as a player, though it was not to be. After his time at Notts, McParland 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.
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. He equalled a few records as the caretaker manager. After Colin Calderwood was named the permanent successor to Megson, McParland and Barlow became coaches for the Forest first team.
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, however, with the club in fifth place in League Two.
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, 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.
McParland joined Swindon Town on 3 March 2011 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.
Charlie had a spell as coach at Oakham School in Rutland, the role began on 12 January 2012 where he worked alongside Iain Simpson.
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.
|1992||Sliema Wanderers (loan)||1||(1)|
|1996||Dagenham & Redbridge||1||(0)|
|2006||Nottingham Forest (joint caretaker)|
|2009–2011||Ipswich Town (assistant manager)|
|2011||Ipswich Town (caretaker)|
|2011||Swindon Town (assistant manager)|