THE MANAGERS: Ian MacFarlane

Ian MacFarlane: 18 October – 30 November 1976

Ian MacFarlane was given temporary charge of Sunderland for just over a month in 1976 following the departure of FA Cup-winning manager Bob Stokoe.

The Lanark-born defender endured a limited playing career with Aberdeen before moving to England where he featured for both Leicester City and Chelsea.

After coaching spells at Sunderland and Newcastle United, MacFarlane took up his first managerial role at Carlisle United.

He then worked as assistant manager at Middlesbrough and Manchester City before Stokoe asked him to become his assistant at Sunderland in March 1976.

MacFarlane then took charge of the first team on a temporary basis following Stokoe’s resignation during the 1976-77 season.

After taking control in October, MacFarlane oversaw seven matches and despite winning their first two league games of the season he was replaced by Jimmy Adamson.

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