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Alex McLeish Fact File

NAME: Alexander McLeish

AGE: 53

BORN: Glasgow, 1959

PLAYING POSITION: Central Defender

PLAYING CAREER: 1978-1994 Aberdeen 493 appearances, 25 goals. 1994-1995 Motherwell 3 appearances, 0 goals.

MANAGERIAL CAREER: 1994-1998 Motherwell. 1998-2001 Hibernian. 2001-2006 Rangers. 2007 Scotland. 2007-2011 Birmingham City. 2011-2012 Aston Villa.

Alex McLeish has been involved in the management side of football, for almost 2 decades and cut his teeth in Scotland, at first with Motherwell and later at Hibernian. He came to prominence when he took the hot seat at Ibrox and became an instant success with the Scottish giants by winning the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup in his first season. Rangers won the 2003 and 2005 League titles and in 2006, he guided them to the last 16 of the Champions League.

His time at Ibrox came to a disappointing end and he left in the aftermath of fan protests and a poor run of form in 2006.

He became boss of the Scottish national side in 2007 and was in charge for 10 games in which they won 7, lost 0 and drew 3.

McLeish resigned from his role as Scotland manager to take up the reigns at Birmingham City, but the Blues were relegated in his first season at St. Andrews. The 2008-2009 season brought success back to the West Midlands, after McLeish guided them back to the Premier League at the first attempt. That first season back in the EPL, saw Birmingham finish the 2009-2010 campaign in 9th place. In 2011, McLeish won the League Cup with the Blues, when they beat Arsenal 2-1 in the final.

McLeish resigned his post at Birmingham in June 2011, reportedly via email and was immediately linked with the vacant managerial role at Villa Park.

Five days after resigning from St. Andrews, McLeish was appointed as manager of bitter rivals Aston Villa. McLeish was an unpopular appointment from the start and failed to win the hearts and minds of the Villa faithful, throughout a difficult year at Villa Park. He is credited with having the lowest win margin percentage of any Villa boss, with a win rate of a mere 21%. He was sacked from Villa in May of this year and was appointed manager of NFFC on 27 December 2012.

Welcome to the City Ground Mr. McLeish.

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Date:Friday December 28 2012

Time: 2:25PM

Your Comments

Gutted for you guys. No-one deserves this. The man should never manage again. Wait for his pundit mates to defend him through thick and mostly thin because they're mates with him whilst denying the obvious. A dark cloud is covering your club and there's no silver lining.
Villan444
You poor poor ********s. You have my sympathies
plastic villan
To be fair, he left with dignity and never slagged off the Villa fans despite the bile and pure hatred thrown his way throughout. Nice guy, just the wrong job, he didn't deserve the hatred he faced, it was an embarrassment.
The Fear
If he gets us winning, the bad feeling towards him and the manner of the former managers dismissal will soon be forgotten. If he manages to achieve promotion, he'll become a hero, no matter what style of play he has us playing.
Kev Finnegan
I think you're mistaken there Kev. Calderwood won promotion but never became a Forest hero. If big Eck gets Forest playing in his usual direct style, I think his tenure will be a short one. Winning team or not.
daddyreddog
Funny how superb apointments so often never seem like it at the time.We are mostly gobsmacked SoD was sacked but Fawaz appointd him too-we should keep an open mind and give him a go.
gedling52
 

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