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Five of the best Scottish former Premier League managers

| 13.02.2015

After Paul Lambert’s expected sacking from relegation-strugglers Aston Villa, the Premier League has been incredibly left without any Scottish managers in charge for the first time in its history.

Since it began in 1992, the Premier League has always had at least one Scot in its ranks, and as recent as 2011 there were seven men born north of the border undertaking managerial roles in England’s top division at the same time.

This comes as a sad shock for a nation that has produced many top-class Premier League managers in the past and, following the news, Coral writers look at the best former Scotsmen to have graced the dugouts of Premier League clubs.

Sir Alex Ferguson
Manchester United, 5/2 to win the FA Cup, have undergone a poor period of transition since Ferguson’s departure from Old Trafford.

Britain’s most successful managaer ever announced his retirement from United in 2013, after guiding his team to a record 13th Premier League trophy.

During 26 years in charge in the red half of Manchester, the Scottish legend won an amazing 38 major trophies, including two Champions Leagues and five FA Cups.

Ferguson has been widely acknowledged as the greatest manager of all-time, having steered United to a sensational amount of silverware success and winning 528 of his 810 Premier League games in charge.

Watch Sir Alex Ferguson say goodbye to fans at Old Trafford, before his final game in charge of the Red Devils:

David Moyes
Despite tarnishing his career with an appalling spell as Ferguson’s successor at Old Trafford, Moyes is regarded as Everton’s best ever boss, following an impressive 11-year reign at Goodison Park.

The Scot was sacked from United days after an unsuccessful return to Merseyside as Red Devils manager, however his efforts with the Toffees were impressive, considering the club’s lack of financial backing regarding transfers.

Moyes, who is now in charge of Spanish La Liga outfit Real Sociedad, won 173 games out of 427 that he took charge of while in the Blue half of Merseyside.

View what turned out to be Moyes’ last ever game in charge at Old Trafford, with Everton toppling the Red Devils in a 2-0 victory:

George Graham
As well as taking over at Arsenal, Graham enjoyed a successful reign at their London rivals Tottenham, guiding Spurs to a League Cup victory, subsequently securing a place in the 1999/2000 UEFA Cup competition.

The Scotsman also took charge of Leeds United, but is most remebered for his tenure at the Gunners. At the Yorkshire outfit, Graham guided Leeds to 28 wins from 77 fixtures and 33 triumphs in 98 games as Tottenham boss.

Here you can watch Graham guide Tottenham to that fantastic League Cup triumph over Leicester City:

Kenny Dalglish
The Liverpool icon led Blackburn Rovers to a historic Premier Leauge title in the 1994/95 season, having clinically constructed a deadly attacking pair of Chris Sutton and Alan Shearer, which fired his side to glory.

Dalglish’s top-flight triumph meant that he became only the fourth manager in history to successfully guide two different clubs to a championship title, having helped Liverpool claim domestic league success before the Premier League era.

Later in his career, ‘King Kenny’ again brought success to the red half of Merseyside, lifting the club’s first trophy in six years with a League Cup coup in 2012, and also narrowly missed out on an FA Cup win, losing out to Chelsea in that season’s final.

Watch Dalglish dramatically clinch the Premier League crown on the final day of the season, despite a loss to his former club Liverpool:

Graeme Souness
Fierce Souness also enjoyed silverware success while at Anfield, leading them to an FA Cup win during the 1991/92 campaign.

In his Premier League tenure, he managed Blackburn and Newcastle United, although his spell on Tyneside turned out to be a struggle compared to past performances with the Reds.

The Magpies were in serious trouble during his reign and flirted with relegation before he was eventually sacked in 2006. In the current campaign, Newcastle have experienced another recent downfall, but are 10 points clear of the drop, with Souness’ former club available at 13/10 for a top 10 finish this term.

Watch Souness’ former players Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer lose control on the field during a clash with Villa:



Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.