Alan McManus became a WPBSA Player Director in January 2017 following co-option to the board to succeed Steve Davis OBE following his decision to step down from his position.
A tour veteran of over 25 years since he first turned professional back in 1990, the Glaswegian was a permanent fixture inside of the world’s elite top 16 for over a decade and to this day continues to compete at the very highest level. Among his achievements he can count eight appearances in ranking event finals, including victories at the 1994 Dubai Classic and 1996 Thailand Open. He achieved a career-high ranking of number six on four separate occasions and was a member of Scotland’s World Cup winning team in 1996 alongside Stephen Hendry and John Higgins.
Undoubtedly however, his finest hour came at the 1994 Masters, when he scored a sensational 9-8 victory against five-times defending champion Hendry at the Wembley Conference Centre to win snooker’s biggest invitational event.
Back in the top 32 in recent years, in 2016 he reminded the snooker world of his enduring quality as he defeated Stephen Maguire, Ali Carter and John Higgins to reach the semi-finals of the World Championship for the third time at the Crucible Theatre, some 24 years after his first.
In recent years ‘Angles’ McManus has also combined his playing career with a role as a TV analyst and commentator for both British Eurosport and ITV4, for which he has earned widespread acclaim for his insight and tactical knowledge of the sport.