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Wildling: My Autobiography

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He also became the first player in history to have all 24 Conference managers vote unanimously for the same player as Nationwide Conference Player of the Year. McIndoe has built a wall around himself and that, of course, makes it difficult to form an opinion about who, in 2022, he really is. He and his coaching staff left Gretna 2008 on 24 April 2023 to manage in the higher divisions of Scottish football. His case was always that they were personal loans and, because of the debts he accrued through gambling and failed business ventures, he was unable to pay them all back. Perhaps the best place to start is by delving a little deeper into McIndoe’s background rather than focussing everything on the missing millions and the five-year period for which he will always be synonymous.

In the 2013–14 season McIndoe along with old Luton Town and MK Dons teammate Jude Stirling helped to coach young players at London Elite while playing alongside them. He played professional football for fifteen years at ten English football clubs, including Wolverhampton Wanderers, Bristol City and Barnsley. Some reports, challenged by McIndoe, have stated that more than 300 people were owed money, a Who’s Who of the football industry that included Robbie Keane, Jimmy Bullard, Gabby Agbonlahor and many others from the Premier League to the lower divisions. McIndoe grew up in a culture of drugs and gang warfare that meant he was carrying a knife at the age of 12. According to newspaper reports at the time, there were more than 300 victims ranging from English league players to mere journeymen.

For the second season running he finished as Rovers' top scorer with 13 goals (10 from penalty kicks), and was voted into the PFA Team of the Year for League One. City are yet to win in the league this season and have taken just two points from a possible 27 so far. Then there is the story he tells about the time he went round to his father’s flat, where he would sometimes sleep on the floor, and was given an ultimatum. McIndoe began his career at Luton Town, where he made his home league professional debut at 18 years old against Burnley on 5 September 1998.

There is only one working turnstile among the whitewashed walls of Raydale Park, home of Gretna 2008 FC, and it is manned by the club’s chairman. That was when Paul Merson, a former England international battling his own demons, paid him a visit and, unofficially, became his mentor. It is a new look and a new start and, for the time being, he has no desire to be reminded about what has gone before.In the following 2002–03 season McIndoe made more appearances than any other player and was a key component in making club history, when Yeovil were crowned champions of the Nationwide Conference for the first time in 107 years.

McIndoe was appointed as Gretna’s sporting director in the summer and took over as manager last month after a dismal start to the season. On 3 November 2018, McIndoe played for Stirling Albion under manager Kevin Rutkiewicz in a 3–0 win against Berwick Rangers. McIndoe's first season at Doncaster was very successful with the Rovers winning the Third Division (fourth tier) title. While playing for Doncaster Rovers he set a record scoring ten penalties which was more than any player in the English Football League in the 2005/06 season. I am under no illusion of the hard work required to get the club up the table but when I was given the privilege of being asked to join the club, it was a very simple decision for me to say yes.He has an extensive background in being part of some massive clubs in England as a player and has also proven that he can commit fully to guiding teams through transitioning and challenging periods as a manager, based on his impact at Gretna. In the play-off semi-final against Crystal Palace, he scored a 30-yard free kick in extra-time taking Bristol City to their first Championship play-off final at Wembley Stadium [48] against Hull City in front of almost 90,000. Although there has been little in the press since 2015, as recently as September this year, prosecutors were said to be looking at police files into the failed ‘investment scheme’. Following the alleged fraud in 2012, McIndoe went bankrupt in 2015, claiming that he had no money or bank accounts. He played his last game for Stirling Albion against Annan Athletic in a 2–2 draw on 17 November 2018.

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