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Alex McLeish

Alex McLeish
McLeish as Birmingham City manager
Personal information
Full nameAlexander McLeish
Date of birth21 January 1959(age 58)
Place of birthGlasgow, Scotland
Playing positionCentral defender
Club information
Current clubAston Villa (manager)

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Alexander "Alex" McLeish (born 21 January 1959), is a Scottish former professional footballer and manager, who is currently managing English Premier League club Aston Villa. Born in Glasgow, McLeish played as a central defender for Aberdeen during their 1980s glory years, making nearly 500 League appearances for the club, and won 77 caps for Scotland.

He started his managerial career with spells at Motherwell and Hibernian, before guiding Rangers to two championships and five cup wins in five years. McLeish spent ten months as manager of the Scotland national team which narrowly failed to qualify for the finals of the 2008 UEFA European championship. He then resigned this post in November 2007 to become manager of Birmingham City, who were in the Premier League at the time. Though Birmingham were relegated at the end of the season, McLeish guided them back to the Premier League in 2009, a ninth-place finish in 2010, and victory in the 2011 League Cup final, before they were relegated once more at the end of the 2010-11 season. Following relegation he resigned his post at Birmingham to take up the reins at city rivals Aston Villa. This made him the first ever manager to move directly from Birmingham City to Aston Villa, and only the second manager after Ron Saunders to manage both clubs.

In recognition of his distinguished service to Scottish sport, in 2008 McLeish was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Aberdeen.

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