Scott Marshall has football in his blood; the son of former Hearts goalkeeper Gordon Marshall and the brother of ex-Celtic and Scotland stopper Gordon Jnr, Scott began his playing career with Arsenal.
The Edinburgh-born defender broke into the Gunners’ first team at the age of 19, making his Arsenal bow alongside fellow defenders Martin Keown, Steve Bould and David O’Leary in a Premier League encounter with Sheffield Wednesday in May 1993.
He won the club’s Young Player of the Year accolade in 1996, scoring his first and only Gunners goal that same season in a 2-0 home win against Newcastle United.
A World Cup finalist at Under-16 level and capped five times by Scotland’s Under-21 side, Marshall spent nine years at Highbury which included loan stints at Rotherham United, Oxford United and Sheffield United. And in his last season at Arsenal he featured in a team that won the Premier League title and the FA Cup!
A short spell under Dave Jones at Southampton preceded a brief loan spell north of the border with Celtic but a move to Brentford in October 1999 saw him achieve regular first team football, totting up 94 appearances for the Bees and scoring seven goals in total.
Ending his playing days at Wycombe, he studied for a degree in Sports Science and Coaching and obtained his UEFA coaching license before embarking upon a coaching career which began at Adams Park and continued back at Brentford. He then enjoyed a spell out in Oman, running the Arsenal Soccer School in Muscat.
He returned to the UK to work alongside manager Paul Lambert at Wycombe before accepting the position as U21 Development Squad Head Coach at Premier League side Norwich City in the summer of 2012.
The following year, Marshall was snapped up by Aston Villa to join the coaching staff of new Villans boss Lambert. And alongside his namesake, Andy Marshall, Scott took caretaker charge of Villa for an FA Cup win over Leicester City in 2015; Leandro Bacuna scored the first in a 2-1 victory that sent Villa on their way towards an FA Cup Final at Wembley that year! And at the start of September 2017, Marshall joined the Royals' ranks as a new chapter in his career began.