Steve Bruce and eight other managers who joined rival clubs, including Brian Clough

18 Jul

Newcastle have found their replacement for Rafael Benitez after confirming the appointment of Steve Bruce as their new manager.

Hiring Bruce has not gone down well among the Toon Army, despite him being a Geordie, with some fans labelling it ‘unambitious’ by the club.

Bruce will be looking to keep the Magpies in the Premier League on a limited transfer budget

And some Newcastle fans will no doubt remember that Bruce used to manage their North East rivals Sunderland from 2009-11.

Bruce also managed rival clubs in Birmingham too – having managed Birmingham City from 2001-07 before going to Aston Villa in 2016.

However, Bruce is not the only person to have managed one team before going on to manage a rival club in the future.

Below are EIGHT other managers who have done the same as Bruce.

Sam Allardyce (Newcastle and Sunderland – Bolton and Blackburn)

Bruce is not the only manager to have been in charge of Newcastle and Sunderland either but he and Sam Allardyce differ because the latter was at Newcastle before going to Sunderland.

Allardyce was made Magpies boss in May 2007 but was sacked in January 2008 after a bad run of results. He then went to rivals Sunderland in October 2015 and managed to help the Black Cats stay in the Premier League that season.

Big Sam told talkSPORT he turned down the chance to manage Newcastle for a second time before they got Bruce in.

But Allardyce has also coached rival teams in Lancashire too, having gone to Blackburn a year and a half after he resigned from Bolton in April 2007, where he made his name in management.

Sam Allardyce vows to stay at Sunderland longer than he did at Newcastle
Allardyce’s stay at Newcastle was short-lived

Owen Coyle (Burnley, Bolton and Blackburn)

But one manager who has been in charge of THREE different Lancashire clubs is Owen Coyle.

The Scot was at Burnley first and got them promoted to the Premier League in the 2008/09 season before leaving the Clarets halfway through the following campaign for Bolton.

Coyle was then relieved of his duties at Wanderers in October 2012, five months after they were relegated from the top flight.

He then became Blackburn manager in June 2016 but lasted just 37 games at Ewood Park.

Coyle’s managerial career went downhill after leaving Burnley

Brian Clough (Derby County and Nottingham Forest)

He’s viewed as one of the greatest managers of all time, but there’s no getting away from the fact that Brian Clough was in charge of rivals Derby and Nottingham Forest for long periods.

Clough was with the Rams between 1967-73 and got them promoted to the top flight before guiding them to the First Division title in the 1971/72 season.

Brief spells at Leeds United and Brighton was followed by a move to Forest for Clough in 1975 and he won the First Division with them in 1977/78. Clough also won two European Cups (1979, 1980) with Forest too.

He worked wonders at both Derby and Forest which is why he’s looked back on so fondly by both sets of supporters.

Brian Clough - To see who started the glory days at Liverpool, click right.
Clough is viewed by many as the greatest manager England never had

Sven-Goran Eriksson (Roma and Lazio)

The former England manager has been everywhere and he was even linked with the Scotland job before Steve Clarke was appointed.

But Sven-Goran Eriksson managed two clubs from one of the fiercest rivalries in world football, having managed Roma before joining Lazio years later.

The Swede left Roma in 1987 before going to their bitter rivals a decade later. He then left Lazio for England in 2001.

George Graham (Arsenal and Tottenham)

After having his nine-year spell as Arsenal boss abruptly ended, George Graham ended up managing their north London rivals Tottenham three years later in 1998.

Graham was sacked as Gunners boss in February 1995 after it emerged he received over £400,000 in bungs from the transfers that took John Jensen and Pal Lydersen to the club in 1992.

He had a spell at Leeds before getting the Spurs job but Graham was removed from his post in 2001 for an alleged breach of contract.

George Graham – Three League Cups, Two First Divisions, One FA Cup
Graham went to Leeds in between managing Arsenal and Spurs

Alex McLeish (Birmingham and Aston Villa)

After failing to keep Birmingham in the Premier League during the 2010/11 season, Alex McLeish did the unthinkable of joining local rivals Aston Villa weeks after the end of the campaign.

He actually joined the Villans five days after quitting his post at St Andrew’s but McLeish’s time at Villa Park was short lived with his contract being terminated in May 2012 after they finished just two points above the relegation zone in the 2011/12 campaign.

McLeish won the League Cup with Birmingham in February 2011 before going to Villa that summer

Harry Redknapp (Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Southampton)

Veteran boss Harry Redknapp got his first managerial gig with Bournemouth in 1983 with the club struggling in the Third Division.

After success there, ‘Arry continued to build his name in management and took Portsmouth up to the Premier League in 2002/03 but joined their south coast rivals Southampton in December 2004 after resigning from his post at Fratton Park weeks earlier.

He even received death threats for the move but after failing to keep Saints in the top flight in 2004/05, ‘Arry completed a sensational U-turn and re-joined Portsmouth before going to Tottenham in October 2008.

Redknapp has managed three sides on the south coast

Danny Wilson (Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United)

Having played for Sheffield Wednesday, Danny Wilson took over the managerial hotseat in 1998.

He started well having helped Wednesday achieve a 12th-placed finish in 1998/99 but was sacked in March 2000 and the club were then relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 1999/00 season.

Wilson then went to Wednesday’s rivals Sheffield United in 2011 but lasted just two years at Bramall Lane.

Blades fans never took to the former Wednesday player and manager and failure to get the club promoted to the Championship and a poor run of form led to his departure.

MLS: 15 former Premier League players starring in America, including ex-Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United aces

27 Mar

Major League Soccer is quickly becoming a great incubator for talent with Miguel Almiron the latest star to venture to Europe after making his name in America.

There is though still a market for European-based talents travelling across the Atlantic to reignite their careers.

Gedion Zelalem in action for Arsenal’s Under-23s this season upon his return from injury.

Former Arsenal starlet Gedion Zelalem is now looking to impress in the States and get himself back on track having signed for Sporting Kansas City.

After an unfortunate injury derailed his time with the Gunners will first spend time with Swope Park Rangers.

If he can impress he could join a host of other former Premier League players now plying their trade in MLS.

But who are the men currently starring in America having left our shores? Find out below.

Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids)

The former Everton and Manchester United goalkeeper is now in the final season of his career as he prepares to retire at the end of the 2019 MLS campaign.

He’s performed well for the Rapids and in 2016 saved two penalties to guide his side into to the Western Conference Championship.

Howard will soon retire.

Danny Wilson (Colorado Rapids)

Signed by Liverpool from Rangers for £2million in 2010, Wilson only made two Premier League appearances for the Reds.

The defender failed to make an impact out on loan in England but was signed on a free by Heart of Midlothian and then returned to Rangers.
He then joined the Rapids in January 2018 and played 23 times, while he has made another two this campaign.

Wilson gets stuck in.

Kei Kamara (Colorado Rapids)

A Premier League spell with Norwich City saw Kamara net just one goal in 11 appearances.

Stateside, though, the Sierra Leone ace has a formidable record. He’s now had prolific spells with Columbus Crew (31 goals in 46 appearances), New England Revolution (21 in 59), Vancouver Whitecaps (17 in 31), and is now with the Rapids and has already opened his account for the current campaign.

Kamara celebrates one of his many MLS goals.

Reto Ziegler (FC Dallas)

Tottenham and Wigan had the Swiss ace on their books in the Premier League but the left-sided player never fulfilled his potential, either at left-back or as a left winger.

Now 33, he’s found a role in MLS as a centre-back and is even converting penalties for his current club.

Ziegler during his Tottenham days.

Maynor Figueroa (Houston Dynamo)

Fondly remembered for his lengthy spell at Wigan, the Honduran ace once scored from the halfway line in the Premier League against Stoke City, while he was in the Latics’ FA Cup winning side in 2013.

Following spells at Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas, he’s now a Dynamo.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LA Galaxy)

Who could forget the bombastic Swede! After conquering almost every European country, he’s now starring in the States.

The former Manchester United man scored 22 MLS goals in his 27 appearances during his debut campaign, he’s one for one now but is recovering from an injury.

The lion continues to roar in the United States.

Carlos Vela (Los Angeles FC)

During his early career at Arsenal, the Mexican was known for his love of chipping the goalkeeper when through one-on-one.

Now 30, the ex-Gunner is in fine form in his second season with LAFC, scoring three and assisting two in his first four matches. This comes after a debut campaign with 14 goal and 10 assists – not bad at all!

Vela played for Mexico at the World Cup last summer.

Nedum Onuoha (Real Salt Lake)

Once a mainstay in the England Under-21, the former Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers defender is now a regular at centre-back this season over in MLS.

Roger Espinoza (Sporting Kansas City)

Prior to his three-campaign spell at Wigan, where the left wing-back won the FA Cup, Espinoza was in Kansas.

It turned out there was no place like home so he returned there in 2015 and has forged a fine career as a central midfielder.

Bastian Schweinsteiger (Chicago Fire)

The Germany legend has already done more in his time in America than he did at Old Trafford, which is shame given his standing in the game.

A regular for the Fire and sometimes captain, he even turned out a centre-back on a couple of occasions for the club last term.

Schweinsteiger gives supporters a thumbs up.

Wayne Rooney (DC United)

The England and Manchester United legend appears to be continuing his thrilling start to MLS life having netted three goals in three games this season, while also grabbing an assist.

Rooney is now captain and striker in Washington having played in midfield last year – he still managed 12 goals in 20 games though, plus six assists.

Rooney celebrates with his DC United team-mates.

Bacary Sagna (Montreal Impact)

It looked like the French right-back’s career was all but over when he left Benevento after a short stay. Now, though, he’s doing well in Canada at 36-years-old.

Michael Mancienne (New England Revolution)

One of the most capped players in England Under-21 history, the ex-Chelsea academy man never made it as a Premier League player.

He had spells with Queens Park Rangers, Wolves, Hamburg, and Nottingham Forest but is now captain of the Revolution, and playing at centre-back.

Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls)

A bonafide MLS legend. Wright-Phillips didn’t make the grade in the Premier League with Manchester City but after spells with Southampton, Plymouth and Charlton he opted for a switch to America.

It turned out to be one of the best football decisions ever. The forward has 125 goals in 216 games for New York Red Bulls – a fine career.

Wright-Phillips has been astonishing since moving to MLS

Nani (Orlando City)

It was always going to be hard for the winger to live up to comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo.

He made a fist of it at Old Trafford before spells at Fenerbahce, Valencia, Lazio, and Sporting Lisbon – but can he crack America?