Lou Macari Player Profile
Although Lou Macari has always underplayed his Italian roots, many people have regarded him as an icon for the Scottish Italian community. Macari started out with Celtic where he established himself in the all conquering side of the early 1970´s and went on to gain two cup medals and two league titles under the guidance of Jock Stein.
Greatly impressed by the Edinburgh born frontman, newly appointed Manchester United boss Tommy Docherty eventually signed Lou Macari for a transfer fee of £200,000 in the winter of 1973. A hard working and dedicated performer, he made his First Division debut for Manchester United in a 2–2 draw against West Ham United at Old Trafford in January 1973 and became an immediate favourite with the home supporters. The Scot, who was quickly converted into an attack minded midfield playmaker by fellow countryman Tommy Docherty, would make a habit of coming forward from deep positions to score important goals for The Red Devils. Lou Macari´s first years with Manchester United were spent in a struggling team that eventually found themselves relegated to the Second Division at the end of the day, but the midfield warrior nevertheless enjoyed his football under the sound leadership of manager Tommy Docherty and he became one of the key players in bringing the legendary club back to the top flight in 1975. As a Manchester United player, he collected an FA Cup Winners medal in 1977 and appeared in well over 300 Football League matches for The Manchester Reds before he finally left the Old Trafford club to become the new manager at Fourth Division side Swindon Town in the summer of 1984. A Scottish international, Lou Macari pulled on the famous dark blue shirt of Scotland on 24 occasions between 1972 and 1978. Lou Macari: “Celtic was the biggest job of all for me, but it never got off the ground. It was a job I was never even given an opportunity to get near succeeding at. The conversations I had with Fergus McCann drove me crazy. The lack of support was quite incredible. It was grief all the way. I know Fergus tries to paint a completely different picture, but I worked my socks off at Celtic. I’m sure after I left he did grasp that the way he treated me was outrageous.” Lou Macari Career Details: After hanging up his boots, Lou Macari managed Swindon Town, West Ham United, Stoke City, Glasgow Celtic, Birmingham City and Huddersfield Town. Lou Macari Playing Career: Glasgow Celtic 1970–1973, Manchester United 1973–1984, Swindon Town 1984–1986.
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