Bruce Rioch

Bruce Rioch is vastly experienced having managed in the Premier League, Football League as well as internationally in the USA and Denmark.

Bruce had a very successful playing career with Luton, Aston Villa, Derby, Everton and Torquay, playing 562 league game and scoring 129 goals. His strong tackling midfield performances earned him 24 full international caps for Scotland including the 1978 World Cup in Argentina.

His managerial career has been equally successful since it began at Torquay where he moved into coaching and became manager in 1982. He then had remarkable success at Middlesbrough where he took them from the Third Division to the First in successive seasons despite severe financial restrictions.

Following his time with Boro he moved on to Millwall before taking charge at Bolton where he took them from Division Two to the Premier League. Promotion to the top flight was achieved with a remarkable play-off victory against Reading when Bolton won 4-3 after extra-time. Rioch also took Bolton to a Coca-Cola Cup Final where they were defeated 1-0 by Liverpool.

His highest profile position was his twelve month spell with Arsenal when he took the Gunners to fifth place in the Premier League. Bruce then spent twelve months with Queens Park Rangers as Stewart Houston's assistant (Houston having previously assisted Rioch at Arsenal)before taking the manager's post at Carrow Road with Norwich City. His previous managerial success, experience in top level football and reputation as a disciplinarian were all qualities which the Norwich Board identified.

He later moved onto Wigan in June 2000. He guided the club to the playoff places before he moved to Demark to manage both Odense and Aalborg.

He led Odense to a third place in his first season in charge before he joined Danish champions Aalborg in June 2008 where he successfully guided the club to the group stages of the Champions League.

Honours (5)
  • personal-awards
    • Wigan Athletic:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League One, (2000-11-01)
  • promotions
    • Bolton Wanderers:
      • Promotion to FA Carling Premiership, (1995-05-30)
      • Promotion to Endsleigh Football League Division One, (1993-05-15)
    • Middlesbrough:
      • Promotion to Endsleigh Football League Division One, (1988-05-28)
      • Promotion to Football League Division Two, (1987-05-29)
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