Gavin McCann is an ex-English Premier League footballer

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Biography of the player Gavin McCann

Biography of the player Gavin McCann

Gavin McCann’s full name is Gavin Peter McCann, born 10 January 1978, an English former football player, who played as a midfielder in the English Premier League. Now, he has put his football career on hold and become the First Team Coach of Hyde United.

General information about Gavin McCann footballer

Full name    Gavin Peter McCann
Date of birth    10 January 1978 (age 44)
Place of birth   Blackpool, England
Height   1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s)  Midfielder
Appearances 301
Goals 12
Yellow Cards 76
Red Cards 2
Premier League Teams Played for Aston Villa, Bolton Wanderers, Everton, Sunderland
Current team Hyde United (first team coach)
Youth career
–1995 Everton
Senior career
1995–1998 Everton
1998–2003 Sunderland
2003–2007 Aston Villa
2007–2010 Bolton Wanderers
National team
2001 England

Gavin McCann’s playing career overview

McCann started his professional football career with the YMCA junior team at St Annes. After that, he signed with Everton and became an official student here. In 1998, he joined Sunderland and with the team won the Division One championship. This win lifted him to the Premiership with 105 points in 1999.

In 2003, Gavin McCann switched to signing with Aston Villa. And later, this became the darkest period of his football career when he constantly suffered injuries and failed in many tournaments. This drop in form makes it difficult for him to play in the first team. After scoring the only goal against Manchester City in a 3-1 defeat in the 2006–07 season, he decided to leave Villa Park a year later. In June 2007, he signed a five-year contract with Bolton Wanderers.

Gavin McCann's playing career overview
The period playing for Villa Park was really dark in Gavin McCann’s career

Six months after moving to Bolton, McCann footballer scored his first national goal against Red Star Belgrade in the UEFA Cup. That was followed by a goal in a 1-1 draw with Sporting Clube de Portugal at Reebok Stadium. On April 19, 2008, McCann scored another goal in a 1–0 win over Middlesbrough at Riverside Stadium.

In November 2008, he was rated at the peak of his career by Bolton coach Gary Megson.

The end of June 2010 was the expiration date of McCann’s contract with Bolton. However, he had previously suffered a knee injury. He was judged that it would be easy to get a new contract soon after his recovery by Owen Coyle.

However, it is a pity that his injury was so bad that he had to retire in early 2011. This was confirmed by his teammate at the time Kevin Davies via Twitter. During his time off, he remained the logistics supporter of Bolton’s junior team. Then, in early 2015, he moved back to work as manager of Hyde and started his professional coaching career. In addition, he also trains at Wrea Green FC every Sunday morning for the children’s team aged 6 and under.

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McCann had to retire from playing at the age of 33 due to a knee injury

By the end of 2015, McCann had returned to Bolton and became the club’s Under-15 coach. In 2018, he was promoted to coach of the U18 team. He then left Bolton on January 29, 2021.

In addition to playing for the Bolton team, before that, in 2001, he also played for the England national team in a friendly match against Spain at Villa Park.

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Premier League Playing Career

Season Club Apps (Subs) Goals
1995/1996 Everton 0 (0) 0
1996/1997 Everton 0 (0) 0
1997/1998 Everton 11 (0) 0
1998/1999 Everton 0 (0) 0
1999/2000 Sunderland 24 (0) 4
2000/2001 Sunderland 22 (0) 3
2001/2002 Sunderland 29 (0) 0
2002/2003 Sunderland 30 (0) 1
2003/2004 Aston Villa 28 (0) 0
2004/2005 Aston Villa 20 (0) 1
2005/2006 Aston Villa 32 (0) 1
2006/2007 Aston Villa 30 (2) 1
2007/2008 Bolton Wanderers 31 (10) 1
2008/2009 Bolton Wanderers 33 (3) 0
2009/2010 Bolton Wanderers 11 (6) 0
2010/2011 Bolton Wanderers 0 (0) 0

Management career

In February 2008, Gavin McCann decided to set up his own football academy in Lytham St Annes. It was also the first football academy on the Fylde coast. This academy is specifically for ages 8-12 and attends King Edward VII and Queen Mary Schools.

He has teamed up with former Blackpool player Jamie Milligan, who has been at Fleetwood Town since 2004, and John Hills, who also signed for Fleetwood Town in August 2008. They were both born and raised in Blackpool.In October 2008, the academy received a sizable sponsorship deal with Northern Care. Training sessions at King Edward VII & Queen Mary School will take place every weekend, summer classes will last for 1 week. The academy also receives grants to encourage children to play “park football”.

In May 2012, Gavin McCann was appointed assistant manager and First team coach at Hyde along with manager Scott McNiven.

management career
McCann’s coaching career is better than when he was a player

After a six-year return to Bolton, he returned to Hyde United as First Team coach in February 2022, once again reuniting with former Wanderers colleague Nicky Spooner.

Currently, Gavin McCann is living a full life with his wife and children in Lytham St Annes.


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