Tom McNiven was an important and very much respected part of the Scotland back room staff for many years, culminating in the 1982 World Cup Finals in Spain. He was one of several with a Hibernian connection to play a prominent part in the Scotland set up during this period.
Formerly a player with Stonehouse Violet Juniors and a keen amateur sprinter, Tom McNiven was appointed trainer at Easter Road in 1963, replacing Eddie Turnbull who had left to join Queens Park.
The youngest trainer in the game when he signed for Third Lanark five years before, McNiven had actually just agreed to join Morton but found the lure of Easter Road too hard to resist. Fortunately Morton understood the situation, and the well-respected McNiven gave Hibs many years of loyal service, serving under several managers including Walter Galbraith, Bob Shankly, Willie McFarlane and Eddie Turnbull. It was Turnbull who refused McNiven permission to continue with the Scotland set up on a part time basis in the 1970's, a situation which eventually led to McNiven walking out of Easter Road. The situation was resolved some time later however when Turnbull resigned as manager in 1980, leading to McNiven's almost immediate return to the club.
Tom McNiven was an important and very much respected part of the Scotland back room staff for many years, culminating in the 1982 World Cup Finals in Spain. He was only one of several with a Hibs connection to play a prominent part in the Scotland set up. During the early 1940's, the then Easter Road trainer Hugh Shaw had been trainer to the national side. Wartime signing Matt Busby, former Easter Road manager Jock Stein, Ally McLeod, Willie Ormond, and Alex McLeish have all managed Scotland, while Eddie Turnbull and Alex Miller have both acted as assistant manager at one time or another.