There is an Excel file HERE for download. This complements the information on this thread by providing the same material in an A-Z format rather than club-by-club as here.
Prompted by a recent thread - and similar discussions in earlier threads - about the misinformation on club managers bandied around on some Wiki pages and the general lack of information available either online or in print on the management history of Scottish football clubs, I thought I'd try and create such an online source here.
Below you should find records of club managers. I do NOT claim these to be 100% accurate and many of the clubs listed will need amending in places, some of them considerably.
These are my own records compiled from hundreds of different sources so inevitably there will be errors and inaccuracies. I have tried to outline for each club what I consider to be its status regarding accuracy.
Other factors to consider are:
Often when an announcement appears online or in print regarding management changes it will refer to the day before so those management changes giving exact days may be 24 hours or so out in either direction.
Sometimes decisions are made and contracts signed (or torn up) several days or even weeks before the details are made public.
Disputes over compensation can lead to differing claims over when a manager has left/joined a club.
Many managers start out as 'caretakers' and go on to obtain the post permanently. I have made no distinction here. The date given is when they started in the job whether caretaker or not.
OTOH it would be much more onerous task to try an include every single caretaker appointment as many of these last for only a day or so and do not include any competitive matches. Therefore I have only included those caretakers who spent a decent amount of time in the job and have indicated where they were a temporary appointment.
In many instances it has not been possible to obtain the exact date of starting/leaving a post but it HAS been possible to find out the first/last game in charge. Some dates therefore refer to these matches rather than the first day at work. I have done this as it is better for the historian to know when Joe Bloggs (or, increasingly these days, Guiseppe Bloggini) first/last sent out a team rather than just sometime in October.
Conversely it is more useful to know it was sometime in October rather than 19 umpteen so where the month is known but not the day I have included it.
In cases where the exact date or month isn't known but a change occurred in the close season I have indicated so by use of the letters cs.
Sometimes there will be more than one manager with the same name - e.g. Dave Smith. In the accompanying A-Z file which I will post later on I have differentiated them by number.
Many pre-war appointments were of the Secretary/Manager nature with team selection still largely or even solely in the hands of directors (in a small number of instances this continued after WW2 to quite a late date). I have ignored where possible those whose function was purely administrative. However this still leads to cases where certain individuals have been cited as managers by one club but secretary by another. If an individual has been claimed by a club as its manager then I have included all known appointments at other clubs even if they were admin only.
Some clubs eschew the term manager and use a euphemism such as 'head coach' or 'football director.' I have included the person CHIEFLY responsible for selection, training, tactics and signings or any combination thereof.
All of these ifs, buts, maybes and then agains show how difficult it is to produce an accurate record but it can be done. The League Managers Association in England and the Since 1888 website have done it for English football. The records section of LFP in Spain doesn't have such a centralised record but it does have all managers for all clubs where known. No doubt other countries have something similar. It's yet another area where Scotland is lacking in its football history and the absence of a fully-searchable newspaper database doesn't help.
Finally, please make any amendments/corrections by way of reply. This is going to be a long thread so I'm making it a sticky. If using elsewhere please acknowledge scottishleague.net as the source. I think there's enough information here for the gaps to be filled in.