Former Burnley assistant manager McFarlane dies
When John Benson stepped up to replace John Bond as Burnley manager in 1984, he very quickly appointed Ian McFarlane as his assistant. Sadly, McFarlane passed away on Monday this week at the age of 86.
He joined us early in the 1984/85 season after what had been a disastrous start for him as Yeovil manager. He lost his first four games in charge before accepting the role at Turf Moor.
He’d previously managed Carlisle from 1970 to 1972 and then acted as caretaker manager at both Sunderland, prior to the appointment of Jimmy Adamson in 1976, and Leicester, following the departure of Frank McLintock towards the end of the 1977/78 season. He remained at Leicester for a further four years as assistant to new manager Jock Wallace.
this all after a brief playing career that saw him play for Aberdeen, Chelsea and Leicester during the 1950s.
McFarlane departed Turf Moor with Benson at the end of the disastrous 1984/85 season.
Our thoughts are with his wife, family and friends at this sad time.Share this page :