From Barcelona to Bahrain via Sociedad: British football managers abroad

first_img David Moyes: Real Sociedad manager 1 David Moyes’ appointment as the head coach of Spanish side Real Sociedad puts him in rare company, as one of a select bunch of British managers to test themselves abroad.Moyes, who was dismissed just 10 months into a six-year contract with Manchester United, agreed an 18-month deal with the La Liga club and will follow in the footsteps of Steve McClaren, who moved abroad to rebuild a reputation damaged in the UK by poor results.Among the list of successful exports to the continent and beyond include John Toshack, Terry Venables, current England boss Roy Hodgson and the late Bobby Robson, who was arguably Britain’s greatest managerial export.Robson, who passed away in 2009, won back-to-back league titles with Dutch club PSV Eindhoven after leading England to the semi-finals at the 1990 World Cup.He then went on to win the Portuguese league and cup double with Porto, before guiding Barcelona to the Spanish Cup, Spanish Super Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup in his only year in charge at the Nou Camp.With that in mind, ahead of Moyes’ first game with the San Sebastian club, talkSPORT takes a look some of the British managers and coaches employed beyond these shores in recent years.Steve McClarenFollowing his ill-fated reign with England, which ended following the Three Lions’ failure to qualify for the 2008 European Championship, McClaren headed to Holland with FC Twente.The Englishman rebuilt his reputation courtesy of a Dutch league title in 2010 and following brief spells at Wolfsburg in Germany and Nottingham Forest, McClaren returned to Twente before being appointed Derby head coach last year.Derby reached the play-off final last season falling to QPR, but are back challenging at the top of the Championship this campaign.Brian DeaneFormer England international Deane, who scored the first ever goal in the Premier League in 1992, was confirmed as the manager of newly promoted Norwegian top-flight club, Sarpsborg 08 FF, in November 2012.They finished third from bottom in Deane’s first season, avoiding relegation after beating Ranheim in the play-off.Chris ColemanThe Wales manager moved abroad to take charge of Real Sociedad, following his dismissal at Fulham in 2007. With the club in fifth place and unbeaten in its previous 11 games, Coleman resigned seven months later citing differences with the club’s newly elected President Inaki Badiola.After a spell with Coventry City, Coleman was appointed manager of Greek side Larissa in 2011, but he stepped down a few months later indicating financial troubles at the club led to his resignation.During his time in Greece, Coleman lost only one game in 12, whereas the club slipped to nine defeats in the next 12 games after he left.Bobby WilliamsonFormer Clydebank, Rangers, West Brom, Rotherham and Kilmarnock striker Williamson turned to management in 1996 and led Kilmarnock to the 1996/97 Scottish Cup.Following spells with Hibernian, Plymouth and Chester, the Scot was appointed the coach of the Uganda national team, leading the team from 2008-2013. During this spell, Williamson led Uganda to the 2011 CECAFA Cup and almost qualified for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, losing on a penalty shootout in their qualifying play off tie against Zambia.After being dismissed, Williamson moved to Kenyan Premier League side Gor Mahia guiding them to their first national league championship in 18 years and in August this year was appointed the manager of the Kenya national team.OthersSteve Kean: Following an unsuccessful spell with Blackburn Rovers, Kean become the manager of Brunei side DPMM in 2013 and was appointed coach of the Brunei national team last month.John Gregory: The current Crawley Town manager moved to Israel in 2009 and was appointed head coach at Maccabi Ahi Nazareth. Six months later the club were relegated and Gregory moved to fellow Israeli side FC Ashdod but resigned a year later with the club facing relegation. In June 2011, Gregory took charge at Kazakh club FC Kairat but his contract was terminated just six months later.Tony Adams: Former Arsenal captain Adams was appointed manager of FC Gabala in Azerbaijan in May 2010 following a failed spell in charge of Portsmouth. In his only full season at the club, Gabala failed to finish in the top six and missed the league’s play-offs in the process.Peter Taylor: England U21 boss between 1995-1999, Taylor also managed the full England national team for one game in November in 2000. The former Leicester boss was appointed as Bahrain manager in 2011 and guided the team to the Gold medal at the 2011 Arab Games but was sacked in October 2012.Peter Reid: Having been out of management for four years, Reid became head coach of the Thailand National team in September 2008 but left 12 months later by mutual consent. The former Sunderland boss is currently in charge of the Indian Super League outfit Mumbai City.Ray Wilkins: The former Fulham assistant boss was announced as the Jordan national team manager in September. In his first two games, he has recorded a win and a draw, both against Kuwait.last_img read more

Messi puts on masterclass for watching Coutinho

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona’s forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his second goal during the Spanish Copa del Rey round of 16 second leg football match against Celta Vigo January 11, 2018 © AFP / LLUIS GENEMADRID, Spain, Jan 12 – Lionel Messi put on a masterclass in front of new recruit Philippe Coutinho as Barcelona trounced Celta Vigo 5-0 Thursday to ease into the Copa del Rey quarter-finals 6-1 on aggregate.Coutinho, dressed in a black shirt dotted with white stars, was in the stands at the Camp Nou for the first time since his 160 million-euro ($192 million) move from Liverpool. It didn’t take long for the Brazilian star to appreciate the playing riches on show on the pitch.“The first half was extraordinary,” said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.Level at 1-1 after the first leg, the three-time defending champions were 4-0 up by half-time.Messi grabbed the opening two goals in the 13th and 15th minutes, both finished with a sublime first touch with his left foot, both created by Jordi Alba.Messi then returned the favour by setting up Alba to score past the hapless Sergio Alvarez in the Celta goal before Luis Suarez made it 4-0 on the night after 30 minutes when the Uruguayan burst through the defence.The tie petered out in the second half but French international Ousmane Dembele showed why Barcelona paid 105 million euros for him last year when he dribbled past three defenders from the halfway line before being denied by a desperate tackle.Dembele did have time to set up the fifth goal of the night three minutes from the end when his corner was headed home from close range by an unmarked Ivan Rakitic.“It’s luxury to have Leo in the side, he’s the best in history. We always look for each other to score goals and today we have done it twice,” said Alba.Earlier Thursday, Espanyol overturned a 2-1 loss in the first leg to defeat Levante 2-0 with Leo Baptistao and Gerard Moreno on target either side of half-time.Sevilla also progressed with a 2-1 win at home to second-tier Cadiz for a 4-1 aggregate.Barcelona’s forward Ousmane Dembele (C) vies with Celta Vigo’s defender Sergi Gomez during the Spanish Copa del Rey round of 16 second leg football match January 11, 2018 © AFP / LLUIS GENEWissam Ben Yedder, after 31 minutes, and Joaquin Correa in the 54th minute, were on target for Vincenzo Montella’s team.On Wednesday, Real Madrid laboured to a 2-2 draw with Numancia to progress to the quarter-finals 5-2 on aggregate.In a much-changed side, Lucas Vazquez scored both of Real’s goals after the 11th and 59th minutes.But on both occasions, their modest visitors fought back thanks to a brace from Guillermo on the stroke of half-time and then after 82 minutes.Numancia ended the game with 10 men after captain Dani Calvo was red-carded in the dying moments.Leganes, a modest club from the Madrid suburbs, reached the quarter-finals for the first time in their 89-year existence.Despite losing 2-1 at Villarreal, who are currently sixth in La Liga, Leganes progressed on away goals having won the first leg 1-0.Moroccan international Nabil El Zhar scored the crucial away goal for mid-table Leganes on the half-hour mark.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

VIDEO: Watch Wayne Rooney’s best ever goals for Manchester United

first_imgWayne Rooney is set to take part in his testimonial on Wedneday evening, taking on boyhood club Everton at Old Trafford.And to celebrate the glorious career of the 30-year-old, we take a look at some of his best ever goals – and there have been some stunners.Whether the bicycle kick against Manchester City or the thundering volley against Newcastle, Rooney has enjoyed over a decade of scoring screamers and winning silverware.His career might be fading now, with no clear role under Jose Mourinho this season, but today is the day to celebrate Rooney as one of England’s greatest ever footballers.Watch his best goals above, and decide your favourite…last_img read more