Malcolm Crosby

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Malcolm Crosby
Personal information
Full name Malcolm Crosby[1]
Date of birth (1954-07-04) 4 July 1954 (age 64)[1]
Place of birth South Shields, England
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1981 Aldershot 294 (23)
1973–1974 Wimbledon (loan) 15 (2)
1981–1984 York City 103 (4)
1984 Wrexham (loan) 6 (0)
Total 418 (29)
Teams managed
1991–1993 Sunderland
1997–1998 Oxford United (caretaker)
2011 Northampton Town (caretaker)
2014 Birmingham City (caretaker)
2015 Gateshead
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Malcolm Crosby (born 4 July 1954) is an English former professional footballer and manager. He was last employed as chief scout at Wigan Athletic in 2016.

Playing career

Born in South Shields, County Durham,[1] Crosby played his football for Aldershot, making 258 appearances between 1971 and 1980 and netting 21 goals. In an exchange deal involving Ian MacDonald he moved to York City and was a vital part of their 1984, record breaking, 4th division champions team. He also had loan spells at Wrexham and Cheltenham Town.

Coaching and management career

He became an assistant manager to Denis Smith at York City, and followed Smith when he became manager at Sunderland in 1988.

When Smith was sacked in 1991, Crosby took over as a caretaker manager until a replacement could be found. Sunderland struggled to find a new manager, and during this protracted period, Crosby took Sunderland to only the 4th FA Cup Final in their history. After sympathetic calls from fans, Crosby was formally offered the manager's post. Sunderland lost the final 2–0 to Liverpool. Despite reaching the Cup Final, Crosby failed to inspire Sunderland in the league, and he was sacked in February 1993 to be replaced by Terry Butcher.[2]

Crosby has also briefly managed Oxford United where he was also an assistant, worked as an assistant manager at West Bromwich Albion, and as an assistant to Jim Smith at Derby County.

In July 2004 Steve McClaren appointed Crosby as reserve team manager at Middlesbrough. When McClaren was appointed as England manager in the summer of 2006, new Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate appointed Crosby as assistant manager. He was released by Middlesbrough in June 2009, following their relegation to the Championship.[3] In September 2009, Crosby took on a coaching role at Northampton Town.[4] Following the sacking of Ian Sampson[5] on 2 March 2011 he took on the temporary running of the club until a full-time replacement was found.

On 30 May 2011, it was announced Crosby would make a return to Oxford United in the role of Head of Youth Development.

Crosby was appointed chief scout at Birmingham City in July 2012 as part of Lee Clark's backroom staff.[6] He briefly served as joint caretaker manager with Richard Beale after Clark was sacked in October 2014 – equalling the club's record league defeat by losing 8–0 to Bournemouth – and left the club following the appointment of new manager Gary Rowett.[7]

On 21 November 2014, he linked up with Clark once again at Blackpool, assuming the role of Head of Recruitment.[8]

Crosby was appointed manager of Gateshead, of the National League, on a one-year rolling contract on 5 June 2015,[9] but was sacked by the club in November of the same year.[10]

He was appointed Wigan Athletic Chief Scout in summer 2016 and left the club on 27 October 2016 following the sacking of Gary Caldwell.[11]


  1. ^ a b c "Malcolm Crosby". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  2. ^ Shaw, Phil (1993-02-02). "Football: Sunderland dismiss Crosby". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-04-08.
  3. ^ "Coach Crosby leaves Middlesbrough". BBC Sport. 2009-06-17. Retrieved 2009-06-17.
  4. ^ "Crosby here to help Sampson". Northampton Town F.C. 14 September 2009. Archived from the original on 22 September 2009. Retrieved 15 September 2009.
  5. ^ "Sampson Sacked from Northampton Town".
  6. ^ Tattum, Colin (6 July 2012). "Birmingham City name new chief scout while Lee Clark allays Jack Butland fears". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  7. ^ Tattum, Colin (27 October 2014). "Birmingham City confirm Gary Rowett as their new manager". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  8. ^ Watt, William (21 November 2014). "Vastly experienced pair join Clark's staff". Blackpool Gazette. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Malcolm Crosby: Gateshead name ex-Sunderland boss as manager". BBC Sport. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Gateshead: Tynesiders sack manager Malcolm Crosby". BBC Sport. 22 November 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Crosby at Wigan".

External links

  • Malcolm Crosby management career statistics at Soccerbase
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