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Jim Gannon

Jim Gannon
Gannon as Stockport County manager (April 2008).
Personal information
Full nameJames Paul Gannon
Date of birth7 September 1968(age 48)
Place of birthSouthwark, London, England
Height6 ft 2 in
Playing positionCentre-half; various

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James Paul "Jim" Gannon (born 7 September 1968 in Southwark, London) is a former footballer and football manager. He was manager of Port Vale until his departure on 21 March 2011. He started and finished his career as a player in Ireland, but made most of his professional appearances in the English Football League at Stockport County, where supporters elected him as a member of the Hall of Fame. He later managed Motherwell and Peterborough United.

Gannon began his playing career at Dundalk, but moved to English club Sheffield United in 1989. The next year he transferred to Stockport County, following a short loan spell with Halifax Town. He spent the next ten years at Stockport, becoming one of the club's most loyal servants, and helped the club to second place finishes in both the Second Division and Fourth Division, as well as two Football League Trophy finals. After leaving the club in 2000, he spent a season with Crewe Alexandra, before returning to Ireland with Shelbourne, winning two League of Ireland titles in his three years there.

Starting a career in management, he took charge of his first club Dundalk in 2004. After a season in Ireland he returned to Stockport County as manager. There he led the club to promotion from League Two via the play-offs in 2008. Leading County to safety in League One despite a ten point deduction for entering administration, he lost his job as part of a cost-cutting measure. Heading to Scottish Premier League side Motherwell, he managed the club in the Europa League, but left after just 25 games in charge. He took charge of Championship side Peterborough United in 2010, but stayed at the struggling club for only two months. In January 2011 he was appointed manager of Port Vale, but lasted just ten weeks in the job.

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