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Gordon Strachan (born 1957, Edinburgh, Scotland) is a former professional football (soccer) player and now manager. During his largely successful playing career he played for Dundee, Aberdeen, Manchester United, Leeds United and Coventry City. He also won 50 International caps for Scotland and is a member of the Scotland Football Hall of Fame.
Strachan was bought for the bargain price of two hundred thousand pounds from Leeds' rivals Manchester United. Howard Wilkinson made the determined, hard-working and skilful Scot his captain and tasked him with the job of helping to lead the club back into the top division. It was an inspired signing. Within two years Leeds were not only promoted but proving a force in the old First Division. As part of the multi-talented midfield that also included the solid, unflappable David Batty, the creative Gary McAllister and the mercurial Gary Speed, Strachan led the team to the League Championship in only their second season. It was an amazing achievement and one that was a result not only of the skill of the players but also their work rate and team spirit. In all these areas Gordon Strachan was a major influence.
Towards the end of his playing career he was troubled with sciatica which restricted his appearances but he had looked after himself throughout his career and was able to be still playing professional football at the highest level at the age of forty.
Upon retirement from playing, he became manager of Coventry City, presiding over relegation from the English Premiership to the First Division of the Football League. He subsequently resigned after a poor start to the next season and later went on to enjoy a successful 27-month spell at Southampton, transforming them from perennial relegation candidates into a top-ten force, along the way taking them to the 2003 FA Cup Final and qualifying for the UEFA Cup.
Strachan left the Southampton job in early 2004, citing "family commitments". He had apparently promised his family that he would see out his contract and then walk away: a rare act of selflessness in the modern game.
He was succeeded by another Scottish manager, his former team-mate in the Scottish national team, Paul Sturrock.
Strachan was hotly tipped to take over as Scotland manager after Berti Vogts' resignation but Walter Smith was given the job after much discussion by the Scottish Football Association. He was then strongly linked with the Portsmouth F.C. following club chairman Milan Mandaric's announcement that Strachan was his number one choice, but he announced he could not take the Portsmouth job after managing rivals Southampton.
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