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Jock Stein

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Born 01 Oct 1922, Lanarkshire (Scotland)
Died10 Sep 1985, Cardiff
In Charge Aug 1978 - Oct 1978
Honours Won None

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Jock Stein led Celtic to a League and Cup double as a player in 1954, and stayed with the club on the coaching side when he hung up his boots. Spells as a manager with Dunfermline and Hibs were fairly successful, but in 1965 he returned to take control at Parkhead, and spent the next 13 years building one of the greatest club sides in Britain. Celtic became the first British side to lift the European Cup in 1967, and domestically he picked up 10 League titles, 8 Scottish FA Cups and 6 Scottish League Cups. When the board decided that 55-year-old Stein - who had suffered some heart problems - should be moved to the position of general manager, he was less than happy, and took the bait when Leeds dangled a lucrative contract under his nose.

There were some rumours at the time that Stein was just biding his time waiting for the Scottish national job to come up - and when Ally McLeod vacated the seat after an unsuccessful World Cup campaign, Stein jumped at the opportunity and returned to Scotland after just 44 days at Leeds. He died 7 years later - collapsing after a crucial World Cup qualifier against Wales in Cardiff.

Dave Clark says: To be fair, he never signed that lucrative contract, did he? But if only he hadn't left... Just like Clough.

George McConville says: Jock Stein was the greatest manager ever seen in football in the UK. Alex Ferguson is very close in comparison. The main difference between Jock and Sir Alex is that Jock did not spend mega bucks buying a team, the Lisbon Lions cost less collectively than any one Manchester United player, even taking inflation into account. Jock Stein reared home grown talent into the Champions of Europe, not even Sir Alex has managed to equal that feat. God Bless Jock Stein and may he rest in peace in his new Paradise.


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