NEIL McDONALD FACTFILE
Born: Newcastle 1965 (Age 49) came A right-back or centre-half, McDonald Club and was through the famous Wallsend Boys Two years signed by Carlisle as a 14-year-old. Newcastle later he was sold to home-town club in 1982, and, after making his debut aged16 score 24 went on to make over 200 appearances, fight in 1984. goals and win promotion to the top 1988, McDon-Signed by Everton for £525,000 in 1989 and won ald was a losing FA Cup finalist in two years the Toffees’ player of the year award to join newly-later. After 90 appearances, he left and promoted Oldham in 1991 for £500,000 for three sea-helped the Latics stay in the top tier sons. played in McDonald joined Bolton in 1995 and as the play-off final (one of only six appearances) to the the Trotters beat Reading to win promotion Preston, win-Premier League. He then moved to
second tier ning successive promotions to the before retiring in 1998. After a spell coaching at Preston, McDonald part of the set-spent five years at Bolton and was under Sam up promoted to the Premier League Palace as Allardyce. In 2005, he joined Crystal a year in assistant to Iain Dowie, then spent in League One charge of Carlisle, finishing eighth side Osterin 2006-07. After saving Swedish five-game sunds from relegation during a brief at Linspell, McDonald assisted Peter Jackson before coln and then Gary McAllister at Leeds 2008. A year rejoining Allardyce at Blackburn in charge at later, he spent four games in temporary Chelsea to Ewood Park, overseeing victory over rejoined reach the League Cup final. McDonald when the Allardyce at West Ham in 2011 and, he became pair were dismissed in May this year, manager of Blackpool.