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How bosses fared after trading Scotland for England
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Tom White
Press Association
Brendan Rodgers made the move from Scotland to England
Brendan Rodgers made the move from Scotland to England

Ange Postecoglou has swapped Celtic for Tottenham as the club's permanent successor to former head coach Antonio Conte.

Here, we look at the most recent managers to move from the Scottish to the English top flight and how they fared.

Steven Gerrard

Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrardtook over at Rangers in 2018. 

The Gers finished second behind Celtic in his first two seasons — and lost the 2020 League Cup final to them — before breaking through to win the 2020-21 Premiership in an unbeaten season to deny their arch-frivals a 10th title in a row.

He was appointed at Aston Villa early the following season, with a reported £4million compensation payment to Rangers, but was unable to improve Villa's results.

Steven Gerrard failed to make an impact at Villa Park
Steven Gerrard failed to make an impact at Villa Park

They finished 14th that season and he was sacked after a poor start to 2022-23, with Unai Emery taking over and leading Villa into Europe. 

Meanwhile, in Scotland, Postecoglou had taken over Celtic and re-established their dominance.

Gerrard managed 13 wins in 40 games as Villa boss — a 32.5 per cent win rate.

Paul Heckingbottom

Paul Heckingbottom left Hibernian in November 2019 and, having been out of work for much of the season, became Sheffield United Under-23s coach in July 2020.

He took over as interim manager after Chris Wilder was sacked in March 2021 but won only three of 11 games as the club's relegation was confirmed.

Having lost out on the permanent job to Slavisa Jokanovic, he took over six months later after the Serbian's dismissal and has led the Blades back to the top flight for the new season, winning 48 of 83 games in his current reign.

Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers was already an established name in England after spells at Reading and Liverpool.

But it was at Celtic where he built his medal collection with back-to-back domestic trebles — adding the League Cup leg of a third before departing for Leicester in February 2019 and leaving Neil Lennon to finish the job.

He won the FA Cup in 2020-21 with the Foxes and reached the Europa League semi-final the following season, with league finishes of ninth, fifth, fifth and eighth as they twice missed out on the Champions League on the final day.

Rodgers was sacked in April with the club 19th in the league, with successor Dean Smith unable to save them from relegation. 

The former Swansea boss won 92 of 204 Leicester games in all competitions. 

Alex McLeish

Alex McLeish's spell with Rangers brought him two league titles, two Scottish Cups and three League Cups, including a treble in 2002-03, following a second-placed finish with Motherwell and a promotion with Hibernian.

That earned him the Scotland job but he led them for only 12 games before returning to club management with Birmingham.

The Blues were relegated in his first season in charge but bounced straight back, finished ninth in 2009-10 and won the 2011 League Cup after Obafemi Martins' late winner against Arsenal.

That same season brought a second relegation, though, and McLeish resigned after 168 games in charge with a 36.9 per cent win rate.


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