One of the bargain signings of all time, Gordon Strachan was
picked up from Manchester United by Howard Wilkinson and was
instrumental in the side winning promotion and - just two years
later - the title. After a fantastic career at Aberdeen, in which
he'd picked up a Championship medal in 1980 and again in 1984, 3
Scottish Cup medals, a European Cup-Winners Cup medal and the
Player of the Year award, he joined Manchester United. He cemented
his place as a regular in the Scottish national side in the early
1980s, but by 1989 he wasn't getting on with the management and at
the age of 31, found his future prospects limited at Old Trafford.
The move to Leeds followed and the rest is history.
He was voted in as Footballer of the Year in 1991 as Leeds
consolidated in their first season back in the top flight, and the
following season he topped it all by lifting the Championship as
captain of Leeds.
There was talk of him being lined up to succeed Wilko, but when
no firm dates were set, he decided to seek a challenge that would
lead to management, and so joined Coventry to work with Ron
Atkinson - but found himself required to provide some inspiration
on the pitch despite being twice the age of many of his team-mates.
He was soon in sole charge, and for several seasons managed to
stave off the inevitable, finally failing to keep the Sky Blues in
the Premier League in 2000-01. Despite the relegation, he has
stayed on to try to get them back into the top flight, but after a
poor start to the 2001-02 season and "adverse comment" from the
terraces, he parted company with the club "by mutual consent".
He wasn't out of management for long - taking over at
Southampton who were struggling after moving to their new ground.
After a slightly shaky start, it looks like Strachan is turning the
club around a bit and he's dragged them clear of immediate
relegation danger, winning a Manager of the Month award for his
achievements in January 2002.
Richard Chandler says: Mr Craig's Club 1991/2. Went for a piss -
heard scottish type accent stuff -looked up - Gordon one side,
Garry Mac the other - couldnt piss - very embarrassing! Come back -
ready break man.
kevin mcfadden says: Gordon Strachan should be leeds manager
"Ivor Biggun" says: He was great at Manchester United! The shirt
matched his hair! ;-)
Damo Byrne says: Now's the time for Gordon Strachan to become
Leeds Utd manager, the man's Leeds Utd through and through. Do it
for Leeds Gordon!
Rab says: Strachan will come to save us, we need him. Smith,
Viduka and co can go for all I care as long as Gordon comes
John Orford says: Gordon Strachan has done wonders for
Southampton -- you can beat 'em but never run 'em ragged. Good
organisation and discipine, like the player. He could lift Leeds
back if there's money -- he would be a great succcessr to Sir Alex
ricky wilson says: any1 remember this? der nun dun dun der dun,
der nun dun dun der dun, der der da dada der der da dada. woa
way!!!!!! yes!!!!! add comment if u know hat i mean
,p>mikey says: sorry leeds fans i really hope you stay up but
wee strach should come home and that is hibernian fc his 1st love
mikey the hibee
Pitlochry Hibee says: Gordon will hopefully see Hibs as a good
move in his recuperation and head home to Easter Road
sean says: met him in a bar in spain with his wife. lovely man.
would welcome him back to lufc anytime
john says: ive heard the wee man played 2 games for a junior
outfit called newtongrange star(in midlothian) when he was only 15
or 16 is there any truth in what ive heard
Ste says: Up like a shot-Salute the wee scot-We remember Gordon
- looked like a traffic warden, used to be a Scummer - which is
abit of a bummer but he was super Leeds and showed in his deeds
that he was 'no silly!'- brought back memories of Billy. The
opposition would hack, but ignore it would Strach and from the
start he played with heart, wore it on his sleeve and tried to
achieve, great things with us, Elland Road buzzed - Although he was
ginger he fought like a ninja, adequate on either foot-lively on
the ball - despite bein just 3 feet tall. If anyone can-Gordon
Strachan can! A true Super Leeds man!
jack says: i met him at a book signing around about 10 years
Richard Ross says: I once played in a golf tournament with the
Aberdeen and Dundee United teams (I played against Alex Ferguson).
I remember watching Gordon hit his first tee shot, an absolute
cracker. He took golf nearly as seriously as his football. A great
servant for his beloved Aberdeen. One of Aberdeen's greatest