As Gary Neville prepares to take the reins at Valencia , we take a look at some of the more unusual English managerial appointments overseas from the past few decades.
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1. Wilf McGuinness
By the late 1960s, Manchester United were in need of some fresh ideas, and the club wanted to move Sir Matt Busby upstairs. His assistant, Wilf McGuinness, took the helm in 1969 but lasted less than a season, as his youthful vigour and new ideas was no replacement for Sir Matt’s magic aura. It was during this time his hair began to fall out in clumps, such was the stress of managing a club the size of United.
In 1971, he made the move to Aris Thessaloniki, a Greek side with a reputation for its fervent fans. While he had an unspectacular three-year period managing the side, his tenure was most notable for his sporting of a trimmed lady’s wig to conceal his newly smooth scalp, which became dislodged during a goal celebration .
Oh, the shame.
2. Steve McClaren
To be fair to the guy, he did lead Dutch minnows FC Twente to their first and only league title, earning him adoration and legendary status among the club’s fans.
But football fans in England remember his spell in Holland for his infamous “Schteeve” interview in 2008, in which he somehow affected a Dutch accent despite the interview being conducted in English.
He also had a spell at German side Wolfsburg that didn’t go too well, before being not very good at Forest, blowing promotion at Derby and currently struggling at Newcastle.
3. Ron Atkinson
Yes, even Big Ron spent some time abroad. Unfortunately his time as manager of Atletico Madrid in 1989 was no fun in the sun, and he was replaced with his assistant Colin Addison just three months into the job.
Bit harsh, guys. Although it was Ron Atkinson ...
4. David Platt
Many English fans don’t realise how successful Platt was in Italy . A goalscoring midfielder with Bari, Juventus and Sampdoria in the early 1990s, the latter club even trusted him enough to become their manager in 1999. At the age of 32. With no coaching qualifications.
Despite poor results during his short tenure, he did make the notable signing of Lee Sharpe from Leeds United before he was sent to Bradford City after just three games.
Sampdoria were relegated.
5. Don Revie
Nobody quits as England boss. Except Don Revie (and Fabio Capello , but let’s ignore that). The Don made a name for himself forging a Leeds United team which effectively kicked the whole of football into submission until they were handed trophies.
His time with England was less notable, brought to an end when he went where the money was – taking a £350,000-a-year job as manager of the United Arab Emirates. He was banned from football for 10 years by the FA, but that was later overturned.
Sadly his name was mud after this.