Alex McLeish

McLeish is a Scottish football legend who won a total of 21 trophies as a player and manager north of the border before moving south to take charge of Birmingham City, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest.

Alex entered management in 1994 after a hugely successful playing career under Sir Alex Ferguson with Aberdeen.

He took Motherwell to second place in the Scottish Premier League before eventually leaving for a struggling Hibernian four years later. Following relegation, Hibs won an instant return to the top flight where they finished third in 2001 and reached the Scottish Cup final.

McLeish was appointed by Glasgow Rangers in 2001 on the recommendation of outgoing boss Dick Advocaat. He won both domestic cups in his first season and the treble in 2003.

When he left Ibrox in 2006, Alex had won seven trophies besides leading Rangers to the knock-out stages of the Champions League for the first time during a run to the last 16 of the competition.

Scotland turned to McLeish the following year as he launched a valiant attempt to qualify for Euro 2008. Although the team fell just short - after some notable triumphs including a win over France in Paris - he became statistically the most successful ever Scotland manager by winning 70% of his matches.

McLeish then joined Birmingham in November, 2007. After the side were relegated from the Barclays Premier League, he re-equipped the team for a promotion challenge the following season.

Success immediately followed as on 3 May 2009, McLeish secured Birmingham's promotion to the top flight at Reading.

McLeish then enjoyed another fantastic season in 2009/10, as he guided Birmingham to a 12-game unbeaten run which is a club record in the top division. For his success he was named Barclays Premier League Manager of the Month for December 2009 and McLeish became the first Birmingham manager to receive the award. The Blues ended the season in ninth place, resulting in the club's highest finish for more than 50 years.

Perhaps his greatest achievement with Birmingham came in the 2010/11 season, when he led Birmingham to a 2-1 win over Arsenal at Wembley in the Carling Cup to win the club's first trophy in 48 years.

Alex won 77 Scottish caps as a centre back during which he represented his country in three World Cups. With Aberdeen, he collected 13 trophies, including the European Cup Winners Cup.

Honours (11)
  • domestic-trophies
    • Birmingham City:
      • League Cup Winners, (2011-02-27)
    • Rangers:
      • Scottish League Cup Winners, (2004-05-30)
      • Scottish Cup Winners, (2003-05-31)
      • Scottish League Cup Winners, (2002-05-30)
      • Scottish League Cup Winners, (2002-05-30)
      • Scottish Cup Winners, (2002-05-04)
  • personal-awards
    • Birmingham City:
      • Manager of the Month, Premier League, (2009-12-01)
  • promotions
    • Birmingham City:
      • Promotion to Premier League, (2009-05-30)
    • Hibernian:
      • Promotion to Scottish Premier League, (1999-05-30)
  • league-titles
    • Rangers:
      • Scottish Premier League Champions, (2005-05-30)
      • Scottish Premier League Champions, (2003-05-30)
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