James Yuill "Jim" McLean (born 21 April 1937) is a Scottish former football player and manager, best known for his 22-year spell as manager of Dundee United between 1971 and 1993. He is the longest-serving and most successful manager in the club's history, winning three major honours. He led the club to their only Scottish Football League title in 1982–83, following on from consecutive Scottish League Cup wins in 1979 and 1980. Under McLean, the club also lost in a further eight domestic cup finals. In European football, McLean's teams won a number of notable victories, reaching the European Cup semi-finals in 1984 and the UEFA Cup final in 1987.
In addition to his Dundee United duties, he was part-time assistant manager to Jock Stein with the Scotland national team for four years, including at the 1982 World Cup.
A member of a prominent footballing family, McLean's brothers Tommy and Willie were also successful as players and managers. His own playing career included spells with Hamilton Academical, Clyde, Dundee and Kilmarnock as an inside forward.
McLean became a Dundee United director in 1984 and served as chairman between 1988 and 2000, when he resigned following an assault on a reporter. His involvement with the club finally ended in 2002 when he sold his majority shareholding.
McLean's achievements saw him win the first ever SFWA Manager of the Year award in 1987. He was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2005.Close