22 Facts About Alex McLeish

1. Alex McLeish called for the tartan army to get behind the team against Israel, and they did that even though the attendance was not anywhere near what it could have been.

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2. Alex McLeish found a way to get through the qualifiers and the decision to recall Steven Fletcher was ideal.

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3. Alex McLeish was satisfied after a draw which will see Scotland face Kazakhstan for the first time as well as return visits to San Marino, Cyprus and Russia.

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4. Alex McLeish instantly pinpointed Stanislav Cherchesov's side as the team to beat if Scotland are to make their first finals in 22 years.

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5. Alex McLeish joked that Scotland have a "spy in the Belgian camp" in the form of Shaun Maloney who was recently appointed to Roberto Martinez's coaching team.

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6. Alex McLeish was reappointed Scotland manager on 16 February 2018, on a two-year contract.

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7. Alex McLeish was appointed manager of Egyptian Premier League club Zamalek on 28 February 2016.

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8. Alex McLeish stated in November 2013 that he would like to re-enter football management in some capacity, in England, Scotland or abroad.

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9. Alex McLeish made out of favour Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given his first signing, and then recruited winger Charles N'Zogbia.

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10. Alex McLeish changed the club's backroom staff and training procedures, appointed David Watson as goalkeeping coach, and overhauled the scouting setup, bringing in Paul Montgomery—the scout who recommended a relatively unknown Didier Drogba to West Ham United—to oversee player recruitment.

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11. Alex McLeish said he wanted to return to working with players on a daily basis and had "always harboured a desire" to manage in the Premier League.

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12. Alex McLeish took charge of the Scotland national team on 29 January 2007.

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13. Alex McLeish made a number of signings, including Julien Rodriguez and Ian Murray, despite having little money to spend.

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14. Alex McLeish was consequently put under pressure from fans after his poor signings and a record run of seven consecutive Old Firm derby losses to Celtic.

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15. Alex McLeish was an instant success at Rangers, winning both the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup in his first season, but the big prize of the league title was essentially lost before his arrival.

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16. Alex McLeish attracted top players such as Russell Latapy and former French international Franck Sauzee to Hibs.

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17. Alex McLeish spent the majority of his first two seasons at Aberdeen in the reserves and had a loan spell at local Junior side Lewis United.

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18. Alex McLeish was born in Duke Street Hospital, Glasgow to parents Alex, a shipyard worker, and Jean.

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19. Alex McLeish was appointed manager of Championship club Nottingham Forest in December 2012, but left after 40 days by mutual consent.

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20. Alex 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.

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21. Alex McLeish revealed the Palace midfielder had asked to be excused from duty because of a back problem.

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22. Alex McLeish has never taken a backward step in his life.

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