Scottish managers in the Premier League: Lambert exit is end of era
Aston Villa's sacking of manager Paul Lambert on Wednesday marked the end of an era.
Since its inception in 1992, the Premier League has always had at least one Scottish manager in its ranks. As recently as 2011, there were seven in the top flight at the same time. Now there are none.
It's a sad state of affairs for a nation that has produced such managerial luminaries as Sir Matt Busby, Bill Shankly, Jock Stein and Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Magnificent Seven?
In August 2011, there were seven Scots managing in the top flight: Sir Alex Ferguson (Man Utd), Paul Lambert (Norwich City), Alex McLeish (Aston Villa), David Moyes (Everton), Kenny Dalglish (Liverpool) and Steve Kean (Blackburn Rovers) - plus Owen Coyle (Bolton Wanderers), Scottish-born, though of Irish parents, and capped by the Republic.
Arise, Sir Alex
Pre-eminent in the Premier League era is Ferguson, who won 528 of his 810 Premier League in charge of Manchester United, his sides averaging 2.01 goals per game as they accumulated 13 league titles under his stewardship.
Five clubs have three times had Scots as managers - including in a caretaker role - in the Premier League: Aston Villa (Alex McLeish, Kevin MacDonald and Paul Lambert); Blackburn Rovers (Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness and Steve Kean); Newcastle United (Kenny Dalglish, Steve Clarke and Graeme Souness); Southampton (Graeme Souness, Gordon Strachan and Paul Sturrock); and West Bromwich Albion (Frank Burrows, Steve Clarke and Alan Irvine).
If there are several English clubs with an established taste for Scottish managers, there is one Scottish manager who clearly reciprocates. Edinburgh-born 61-year-old Souness has managed four Premier League clubs: Liverpool, Southampton, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United. He never managed a league title with them, though he did win the FA Cup with Liverpool in 1992 (the last season before the Premier League began) and a League Cup with Blackburn 10 years later.
A one-off, twice
Four Scottish managers have taken charge of a club for just one Premier League game - and one of them did it twice. Step forward Eric Black, who was a stand-in manager at both Birmingham City and Sunderland - each time following the departure of Steve Bruce. Sadly for Black, he lost both games.
|The 31 Scots who have managed in the Premier League:|
|Eric Black||Birmingham City||1||0||0||1|
|George Burley||Ipswich Town||98||33||17||48|
|Frank Burrows||West Bromwich Albion||2||0||1||1|
|Steve Clarke||Newcastle United||1||0||0||1|
|West Bromwich Albion||54||17||13||24|
|Kenny Dalglish||Blackburn Rovers||126||72||28||26|
|Billy Davies||Derby County||14||1||3||10|
|Sir Alex Ferguson||Manchester United||810||528||168||114|
|John Gorman||Swindon Town||42||5||15||22|
|Eddie Gray||Leeds United||25||6||7||12|
|Alan Irvine||West Bromwich Albion||19||4||5||10|
|Jim Jefferies||Bradford City||24||4||7||13|
|Joe Jordan||Portsmouth (2 spells)||3||0||1||2|
|Steve Kean||Blackburn Rovers||59||13||14||32|
|Archie Knox||Bolton Wanderers||1||0||0||1|
|Paul Lambert||Norwich City||38||12||11||15|
|Kevin MacDonald||Leicester City||4||1||1||2|
|Malky Mackay||Cardiff City||18||4||5||9|
|Stuart McCall||Bradford City||2||0||0||2|
|Alex McLeish||Birmingham City||100||26||35||39|
|Billy McEwan||Derby County||1||0||0||1|
|Mark McGhee||Leicester City||24||3||7||14|
|Gordon Strachan||Coventry City||178||51||51||76|
|John Wark||Ipswich Town||2||0||2||0|
Statistics supplied by Opta.