Tributes as former Doncaster Rovers boss Dave Mackay dies

  • Former Belle Vue chief dies
  • Mackay was in charge at Doncaster for two seasons
  • Resigned after financial pressures
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Tributes have been paid following the death of former Doncaster Rovers boss Dave Mackay.

The formerTottenham, Hearts and Scotland midfielder, who was in charge for two seasons at Belle Vue during the late 1980s, has died aged 80.

Mackay, who was famously part of Spurs’ 1961 double-winning team, passed away at hospital in Nottingham on Monday evening, Spurs announced.

The 22-cap Scotland international began his career with Hearts in 1953 and captained the Edinburgh side to the Scottish League title during the 1957-58 season.

Mackay moved south of the border to join Tottenham in 1959 and helped the north London club become the first English side to win the league and FA Cup double during the 1960-61 season.

The Edinburgh-born player helped Tottenham retain the FA Cup the following season and was captain when Spurs lifted the trophy in 1967.

Dave Mackay (right) with Joe Kinnear at Belle Vue in 1988.

Dave Mackay (right) with Joe Kinnear at Belle Vue in 1988.

“We were saddened to hear of the death of our former captain Dave Mackay who passed away at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, this evening. He was 80,” a statement on Tottenham’s website read.

“He was a superb player who possessed all the technique, passing ability and talent to be the complete footballer,” the statement continued.

Mackay left Tottenham to join Derby in 1968 and helped Brian Clough’s side win promotion to the First Division the following year before taking up a player-manager role at Swindon Town in 1971.

A year later Mackay left the Robins to manage Nottingham Forest for a brief spell before succeeding Clough as Derby manager in 1973, with the Rams winning the First Division title in 1975.

He was a superb player who possessed all the technique, passing ability and talent to be the complete footballer

Tottenham Hotspur website

Mackay arrived at Doncaster in December 1988, replacing Dave Cusack, who remained as a player, before later becoming manager at Rotherham United, with Joe Kinnear appointed as his assistant.

However, he struggled in the hotseat and only guided Rovers to three further victories during the 1987-88 season which saw the club finish bottom of the old Division Three and relegated to Division Four.

During Mackay’s spell in charge, Rovers’ youth team reached the FA Youth Cup Final, eventually losing out to London giants Arsenal.

Mackay resigned as boss midway through the 1988-89 season, blaming financial pressures at the heavily cash-strapped club as the reasons behind him quitting.

Joe Kinnear, who later went on to manage Newcastle, was appointed in his place.