Allan Johnston

First Team Manager at Dunfermline Athletic FC

  • Date Joined: 23rd August 2017
A highly skilled football manager with 25 years’ experience in the game as a player, coach and manager - delivering tangible results on and off the pitch through the strategic development of players, effective use of modern analysis techniques, coordination of an responsible financial operation and emphasis on sustainable success.

Currently managing Dunfermline Athletic FC - leading the team to promotion to the Scottish Championship in his first season - and previously provided stability to Kilmarnock FC during a difficult period for the club, as well as winning team and individual honours as First Team Manager of Queen of the South FC.

Demonstrates a proven understanding of all aspect of the game - from coaching, performance and sports science techniques to scouting, recruitment and community engagement - having also enjoyed a successful club and international playing career in both Scotland and England.
Allan Johnston


  • UEFA: Pro Licence

    Pro Licence

Career History

  • Dunfermline Athletic FC

    Dunfermline Athletic FC
    First Team Manager
    2015 – Present

  • Bolton Wanderers FC

    Bolton Wanderers FC
    2000 – Present
    Appearances: 25 · Goals: 5

  • Birmingham City FC

    Birmingham City FC
    1999 – Present
    Appearances: 9

  • Kilmarnock FC

    Kilmarnock FC
    First Team Manager
    2013 – 2015

  • Queen of the South FC

    Queen of the South FC
    First Team Manager
    2012 – 2013

  • Queen of the South FC

    Queen of the South FC
    2010 – 2013
    Appearances: 72 · Goals: 8

  • St Mirren FC

    St Mirren FC
    2009 – 2010
    Appearances: 12

  • Kilmarnock FC

    Kilmarnock FC
    2004 – 2009
    Appearances: 130 · Goals: 5

  • Middlesbrough FC

    Middlesbrough FC
    2001 – 2004
    Appearances: 23 · Goals: 1

  • Sheffield Wednesday FC

    Sheffield Wednesday FC
    Player (Loan)
    2002 – 2003
    Appearances: 12 · Goals: 2

  • Scotland

    1999 – 2002
    Appearances: 18 · Goals: 2

  • Rangers FC

    Rangers FC
    2000 – 2001
    Appearances: 26 · Goals: 3

  • Sunderland AFC

    Sunderland AFC
    1997 – 2000
    Appearances: 105 · Goals: 20

  • Stade Rennais FC

    Stade Rennais FC
    1996 – 1997
    Appearances: 27 · Goals: 2

  • Heart of Midlothian FC

    Heart of Midlothian FC
    1990 – 1996
    Appearances: 94 · Goals: 14

Key Achievements

  • Won the 2015/16 Scottish League One title to secure promotion to the Scottish Championship with Dunfermline Athletic FC
  • Named Scottish League One Manager of the Month for December 2015 and March 2016
  • Won the final two games of the 2013/14 season - against St Mirren and Hibernian - to secure Kilmarnock’s status in the SPL
  • Named Scottish Premiership Manager of the Month in September 2014
  • Won the 2012/13 Scottish Second Division title and Scottish Challenge Cup with Queen of the South FC
  • Named PFA Scotland and Scottish Second Division Manager of the Year as a result of Queen of the South’s success in 2012/13
  • Lead Queen of the South in becoming the first team in Britain to claim a league title in 2012/13 after sealing the title and promotion with six games to spare
  • Finished the 2012/13 season with a win rate of 80.56% after losing only twice in the entire campaign, scoring 92 goals in 36 league games, and achieving a goal difference of +69
  • Named Second Division Manager of the Month five times during the 2012/13 campaign
  • Won the 1998/99 First Division title with Sunderland as a player
  • Runner-up with Hearts in the 1995/96 Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup as a player

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