Forfar Athletic v Montrose
Ladbrokes SPFL League 1
Station Park, Forfar
Saturday 21st September 2019
Kick Off: 3.00m
League 1 Table 2019/20
John Holt (Assistant Manager)
Dundee-born Holt played his part in all of Dundee United's successes in the 1980s, breaking into the first team in 1974 along with the likes of David Narey and Andy Gray, and made regular appearances in midfield or defence for the club until 1987, when he left for Dunfermline. A playing spell at Dundee followed, before player/manager spells with Forfar Athletic, Deveronvale and Montrose.
It was in season 1993/94 that Holt was appointed Montrose manager with Ross Jack his assistant. After the investment in Allan Kennedy and Colin McGlashan Montrose were neck and neck with Forfar Athletic but it was Tommy Campbell’s side who won the championship that season with John departing Links Park in March 1995 prior to a midweek match at Alloa which Montrose won 1 – 0 thanks to a goal from McGlashan. He was replaced by his assistant Andy Dornan who led the side to promotion with a 4 – 0 victory at Cowdenbeath. After Holt returned to United and Tannadice in the mid-1990s and spent several years in many coaching roles, before leaving in 2003 when Ian McCall was appointed Dundee United manager. He went on to become a scout for Celtic, operating in the Dundee area, before joining Dundee as youth development coach. Referred to by some fans as "Yosser" Holt, after hard man Yosser Hughes from the BBC's "Boys from the Black Stuff" mini series (1982), opponents feared Holt as he prowled around in midfield or gave opposition wingers a torrid time as a full back. But he was also a player blessed with tremendous ability; he was the man of the match at the Nou Camp in the UEFA Cup quarter final in 1987, shortly before his departure from Tannadice, as Dundee United beat Barcelona 2-1 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate to attain a 100% competitive record against the Catalan giants.
On May 10, 2012, John Holt moved on to take an academy role at Dundee United.
Paul Hegarty (Manager)
Paul Hegarty's senior career began as a striker with Hamilton Accies in 1972. In November 1974, Dundee United manager Jim McLean signed him for a fee of £27,500. Two years later, McLean transformed Hegarty's career when he experimented by pairing him with Dave Narey in United's central defence. The partnership they forged would be integral to United's successes for over a decade, and Hegarty, would develop into a top class central defender. As club captain, Hegarty led United to their first ever major trophy, the Scottish League Cup in 1979, which they retained the following year.
In 1982–83, Hegarty was an ever-present as United captured the Scottish League title. He also featured in many notable victories in European competition, albeit injury restricted his participation in United's run to the 1987 UEFA Cup Final.
Hegarty represented his country between 1979 and 1983, captaining the side against Northern Ireland in his eighth and final appearance for Scotland. He also turned out for the under-21 side as a permitted over-age player and represented the Scottish League.
In recognition of his contribution to Dundee United, the club allowed him to leave on a free transfer in January 1990. He briefly played for St. Johnstone, helping them to promotion, before joining Forfar Athletic as player/manager. His tenure at Station Park ended in relegation in 1992 and Hegarty left shortly afterwards. Hegarty's next role was a return to Dundee United when he was offered a position on the club's coaching staff. After leaving Tannadice again in 1995 he went on to work for Hearts and Aberdeen in coaching capacities, returning to management at Aberdeen. Following the dismissal of Alex Miller, he was appointed as manager on an interim basis in January 1999. However, despite saving the club from relegation, Aberdeen elected at the end of the season not to continue with Hegarty in the job on a long-term basis. Once again, Dundee United offered Hegarty a coaching role, which became a manager role in October 2002 after chairman Eddie Thompson was unable to prise first-choice Ian McCall from Falkirk. Initially appointed as caretaker, Hegarty's role was to be extended until the end of the season before he was sacked in January 2003 – and subsequently replaced with McCall.
After his departure from Tannadice, Hegarty continued to work in coaching, having been on the staff of both Livingston and Dunfermline. While at Dunfermline, Hegarty was approached by Inverness CT to be part of the management with former Dundee United colleague Maurice Malpas, although the move never materialised. He was eventually appointed as assistant to Malpas at Motherwell on 25 May 2006, although later replaced by Scott Leitch when Malpas was sacked in June 2007.
In March 2008, Hegarty was reported to be one of new Scotland manager George Burley's scouts for the World Cup qualifying group.However, in December 2008 he was appointed as the manager of Livingston after Roberto Landi was sacked.
Livingston had severe financial problems, however, and Hegarty left the post a few months later. He then worked as an assistant to George Burley with the Scotland national team until Burley was sacked on November 2009.
In February 2010 Paul returned 'home' when he took up the position of first team coach at Dundee United he was most successful at as a player.
Following the resignation of manager Peter Houston in January 2013, Hegarty was named as the club's caretaker manager, almost exactly a decade after his own dismissal as manager. While he was due to take charge of an SPL match against Motherwell, the match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, and Jackie McNamara was named as the club's manager before the next match came around. The new manager soon confirmed that Hegarty would be staying at the club in some capacity, saying 'Heggy will be staying here. He's a tremendous person and a credit to himself the way he's conducted himself the last couple of days.'However, it was announced soon after that Hegarty had left the club.
Prior to joining Montrose Hegarty worked at East Fife as assistant to Gary Naysmith before leaving at the end of the season.