|Full name James Duffy|
Manages Greenock Morton F.C.
Current team Greenock Morton
|Playing position |
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Name Jim Duffy
|Date of birth (1959-04-27) 27 April 1959 (age 56)|
Team coached Greenock Morton F.C. (Manager, since 2014)
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James "Jim" Duffy (born 27 April 1959) is a Scottish former footballer and manager, currently managing Scottish Championship club Greenock Morton.
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- Playing career
- Early career
- Second spell at Dundee
- Director of football at Hearts
- Norwich City
- Brechin City
- Greenock Morton
- Managerial statistics
During his playing career he played for Celtic, Greenock Morton, Dundee (three spells) and Partick Thistle.
His managerial career saw spells with Falkirk, Hibernian, Dundee (two spells - first as player-manager) and Brechin City before his current role.
Duffy also had a brief Director of Football role at Hearts and an extensive coaching career including spells in English football.
Duffy was born in Glasgow, growing up in the Maryhill area of the city where he was a childhood friend of Charlie Nicholas. Like Nicholas, Duffy began his senior career with Celtic. Duffy, however, was unable to follow his friend into the Celtic first team and moved to Greenock Morton. His career developed greatly there, and in 1985 he was named Scottish PFA Players' Player of the Year despite Morton being relegated.
He moved to Dundee, only for his career to apparently be ended by injury aged only 28. After a short spell as manager of Falkirk he made a playing comeback with Dundee before joining Partick Thistle. Duffy then returned to Dundee for a third spell in 1992 as player/assistant manager to Simon Stainrod. Duffy then succeeded Stainrod to become player-manager in the autumn of 1993.
Duffy led First Division side Dundee to the Scottish League Cup Final in November 1995, but the team lost 2–0 to Aberdeen. Duffy followed this with an unsuccessful spell as manager of Hibernian. After working for Chelsea and Portsmouth as a coach, he returned yet again to Dundee for a second stint as manager in 2002.
Second spell at Dundee
He was appointed manager on 4 July 2002. During his second spell as manager at Dens Park he again led Dundee to Hampden, this time for the 2003 Scottish Cup Final against Rangers, which Dundee lost 1–0. As Rangers also won the Scottish Premier League, Dundee qualified for the UEFA Cup.
During November 2003 the club went into administration due to the gross financial mismanagement by the clubs owners, Peter Marr and Jimmy Marr. Going into administration meant that Dundee lost most of their talented players, but the team battled on and managed to avoid relegation that season. In the following season, however, Dundee struggled with a threadbare squad and were relegated on the last day of the season. Duffy stayed on with the blessing of the board to try to get the club back into the SPL at the first attempt. However, on 24 August 2005, the board then decided to sack Duffy after just four games of the new season, even though Dundee were top of the Scottish First Division.
Director of football at Hearts
He joined the coaching staff at Hearts at the end of January 2006 and was promoted to director of football two weeks later on a contract until the end of the 2005–06 season. Duffy spent barely a month in that position, however, as he was dismissed by the club, along with manager Graham Rix, on 22 March 2006.
On 9 February 2007, Duffy was appointed the Assistant Manager to Peter Grant at Norwich. When Grant left Norwich on 9 October, Duffy was made caretaker manager. But after recording losses to Bristol City, Burnley and WBA he did not win the job for a longer term. Duffy left Norwich after Glenn Roeder was appointed Norwich manager on 30 October.
Duffy was appointed as Brechin City manager in January 2009, replacing Michael O'Neill, who had left the club to manager Shamrock Rovers a month earlier. Duffy resigned after Brechin were beaten 3–0 on aggregate by Cowdenbeath in the First Division play-offs in May 2010.
Duffy was appointed temporary manager of Clyde on 6 February 2011. Duffy appointed his former Partick Thistle teammate Chic Charnley as his assistant two day later. He succeeded in lifting Clyde off the bottom of the Third Division briefly, but finished the season last, and agreed to stay with the club for the 2011–12 season. He was appointed permanent manager on 28 April 2011. Duffy chose to stay at Clyde because of job security in a time where an average managerial reign at a club in Britain lasts approximately less than 15 months and in agreement with the Clyde board, progression on the field would take time for the club .
At the start of the 2011–12 season, Duffys Clyde defeated his ex managing team Brechin City 4–2 away and East Stirlingshire 7–1. On 1 February 2012, Duffy was appointed on to the clubs board. His Clyde team could only muster back-to-back two ninth-place finishes in seasons 2011–12 and 2012–13. Nairn County of the Highland League knocked his Clyde team out of the Scottish Cup after a replay in October 2012.
Duffy was awarded manager of the month in League Two for October 2013 after an unbeaten month with Clyde in the league and Scottish Cup, The team stretched that unbeaten run to ten games between October and December, but a 3–1 home defeat to Peterhead on December 7 ended that run. They secured a League Two play-off spot in the penultimate league match of the season with a 4–0 home defeat of Albion Rovers, but were beaten by East Fife after a penalty shootout in the semi-finals. Soon afterwards, Duffy resigned as manager of Clyde to take a similar position at Morton.
Duffy took over from Kenny Shiels as Greenock Morton manager on 19 May 2014. He signed a two-year contract with the club. His first match was a 1–0 home win over Spartans in the Scottish Challenge Cup on 26 July 2014. Three wins and a defeat in the league saw Duffy awarded manager of the month in League One for November 2014. His Morton team, however, did suffer a shocker in the Scottish Cup at the hands of Spartans in a 2–1 defeat in November, a Spartans team that had knocked out his former club Clyde in the previous round. He eventually led the Ton to the Scottish League One title which was clinched on the final day in a closely fought contest in the 2014–15 season, his first silverware as a manager. After leading Forfar Athletic on goal difference going into the last game, Morton recovered from 1–0 down against Peterhead to win 3–1 at home on the last day to win the title by three points and clinch automatic promotion to the Scottish Championship.
After successfully keeping Morton in the Championship, Duffy signed a new two-year deal on his 57th birthday, He was awarded the Championship Manager of the Month for October 2016.
After reaching the play-offs, Duffy was nominated for the SPFL Manager of the Year. Whilst he did not win that award, he was named Ladbrokes Championship Manager of the Season in May 2017.
As of 23 September 2017