QUEEN'S PARK HEAD COACHES
While Queen's Park have been in existence for over 140 years, it wasn't until over a century after the club's foundation that a coach with full responsibility for team selection was appointed.
Prior to 1974 Queen's always had coach/trainers, but the final team selection was left to a committee to pick. Harry Davis, Eddie Turnbull and Tommy Duncan were all coaches from the mid-sixties onwards, but while they had an input to the team selection, the final starting eleven was down to the match committee.
It wasn't until the appointment of Davie McParland in June 1974 that team selection was handed over totally to the coach. Incidentally, one of McParland's rivals for the post was Sir Alex Ferguson, who admitted in his autobiography that his interview at Hampden had been a "disaster".
McParland was coach for two years, and was succeeded by Joe Gilroy who lasted a year longer than his predecessor. In 1979 Eddie Hunter was appointed to the post, and his tenure lasted until December 1994.
He was followed by Hugh McCann, who was in place for two years until 1997, and his replacement was the club's first player/coach Graeme Elder, who lasted one season.
In July 1998 there was another first as John McCormack became the club's first full time coach, and he was in control until November 2002. Kenny Brannigan then took over in January 2003 until August 2004, and, following his departure, Billy Stark was appointed and remained in charge until January 2008.
After Billy left to take over as Scotland Under 21 boss, he was succeeded at the end of January 2008 by the then Partick Thistle Assistant Manager, Gardner Speirs, who was in charge for almost six years, leaving the club following their match on 21st December 2013.
Gus MacPherson took over in January 2014, and after winning promotion through the play offs in 2015/16 with a 3-2 aggregate win over Clyde, remained in charge until September 2018, leaving to become Technical Director at St Mirren.
He was replaced by assistant coach Mark Roberts, initially as caretaker, but later as permanent Head Coach in October 2018. His tenure lasted 16 months until December 2019 when he was sacked with the club uncomfortably close to the relegation trapdoor to the Lowland League.
Queen's replaced him with Raymond McKinnon, who joined the club as it turned professional in January 2020, and in his first full season led Queen's to the League Two Championship in April 2021, only to be fired shortly afterwards. His replacement, assistant Laurie Ellis, turned out to be even more short lived, lasting six months before being fired in December 2021.
Click on the links below to see a profile of each former coach and their record: