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Hull manager Grant McCann was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 180. The 39-year-old spent the vast majority of his career across the Irish Sea in England where he played for nine clubs in a 17-year spell.

A midfielder by trade, McCann began his footballing life at London club West Ham United. Here he would struggle for first-team opportunities. Most of his playing time would come on loan. He had spells at Livingston and Notts Country, where again his chances were limited, before eventually finding more a stable position for himself at Cheltenham Town. McCann impressed Cheltenham in his initial loan stint - he played 30 times for the Glousterschire side, scoring three goals. The following season, the Robins retained his services, again on loan. Finally, in 2003, Cheltenham Town made the deal permanent, dishing out £50,000 for his services. This was, at the time, a club record for Cheltenham and consequently, the pressure was on for McCann to perform.

It's fair to say they got their money's worth. McCann appeared 158 times for the club, scoring 31 goals - a very healthy return for a midfielder. In total, when taking into account his two loan spells, McCann spent seven years at Cheltenham, a club which he maintains is close to his heart. In his long career, he appeared more for the Robbins than any other of his nine clubs.

In 2006, McCann would leave Cheltenham in favour of Barnsley. Again, the deal was initially on loan. McCann played for Barnsley until the January transfer window opened. The club had clearly seen enough in the little over a month that he had been playing for them to dish out £100,000 for his services. This was again a record transfer fee for the Robins, although this time an outgoing rather than an iound one. McCann spent just one full season in Yorkshire before moving on to pastures new.

In January 2008 would join Scunthorpe United. McCann would play some fine football for the side. He appeared in over a century of games and scored nearly 20 league goals in the Championship.

McCann played some of the best football of his career at Scunthorpe. Therefore, interest in his services was understandably high. It aided his situation that, at this stage in his career, McCann was a regular performer for Northern Ireland as well, a factor which naturally raised his profile. This earned him a move to Peterborough United, the club where he would eventually return as manager. He would turn out 129 times for the Posh, scoring 29 goals - this was a career-high for McCann at any of his clubs. McCann was a firm fans' favourite while at Peterborough.

He was promoted to the Championship with the Posh but was subsequently transfer-listed by then manager, and Alex Ferguson's son, Darren Ferguson -this was much to the dismay of the adoring Peterborough faithful. Perhaps because of the backlash, McCann remained at the club for a further two years.

An ageing McCann decided to call time on his career in England and return home to Northern Ireland to live out the final years of his career with Irish Premiership side Linfield. Ultimately, however, McCann would make only a handful of appearances before retiring to focus on his coaching.

In managerial terms, McCann is still in the relative infancy of his career. Having been on the coaching staff with his former side Peterborough, he was in prime position to rise through the ranks. Over the course of a year, McCann did exactly that - he replaced the previous managerial incumbent in May 2016. Sadly, his time at the Posh was relatively short. Although his side started brightly, they began to underperform towards the Christmas period of the 2017/18 season and he was sacked in February after a string of atrocious results.

Less than six months later, McCann was back in work in his second managerial position, this time in charge of Doncaster Rovers. Here, he was more successful. Doncaster were relatively consistent all season and finished in sixth place, meaning they qualified for the playoffs. They lost to Lee Bowyer's Charlton in the semifinal, the side that would eventually go on to gain promotion.

His efforts did not go unnoticed and prior to the start of the 2019/20 Championship season, McCann was appointed as boss of Hull City who had struggled last season. Under McCann's leadership, they are hopeful of improved fortunes this season.


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