Alex McLeish

First Team Manager

  • Date Joined: 10th May 2016
Alex McLeish has been a respected name at the highest level of football for over thirty years. After a glittering playing career which included becoming the third most capped player in Scottish history and winning ten domestic and two European trophies with Aberdeen, he retired and successfully transitioned into a prolific and highly successful manager.

With management experience in England, Scotland, Belgium and Egypt, Alex has accrued a proven track record of achievement at managerial and has shown the ability to develop top class international players. He is an ambitious and driven leader with a comprehensive knowledge of coaching methods and tactics built up both through his own managerial experience and from working with some of the sport’s most legendary figures.

Alex also excels as an astute businessman and negotiator who is comfortable with the commercial and operational aspects of a club as well as in the identification and development of talent at all levels.
Alex McLeish


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Career History

  • Zamalek SC

    Zamalek SC
    2016 – 2016

  • Racing Genk

    Racing Genk
    2014 – 2015

  • Nottingham Forest FC

    Nottingham Forest FC
    2012 – 2013

  • Aston Villa

    Aston Villa
    2011 – 2012

  • Birmingham City FC

    Birmingham City FC
    2007 – 2011

  • Scotland

    National Team Manager
    2007 – 2007

  • Rangers FC

    Rangers FC
    2001 – 2006

  • Hibernian FC

    Hibernian FC
    1998 – 2001

  • Motherwell FC

    Motherwell FC
    1994 – 1998

Key Achievements

  • Managed Zamalek for 10 competitive games - finishing with a win rate of 60% (including four wins from the first five matches in charge) and leading the team to the quarter-finals of the CAF Champions League as the club’s fifth manager that season
  • Galvanised the KRC Genk team - achieving a win rate of 53% and competing in the play-offs for a Europa League qualifying position
  • Prioritised the progression of young talent within KRC Genk, working extensively with academy staff to identify and nurture young players. This led to the promotion of nine U21 players into the first team squad over the course of the 2014/15 season
  • Won the 2010/11 Carling Cup with Birmingham for the second time in the club’s history, beating Arsenal 2-1 in the club’s first major final at Wembley Stadium since 1956
  • Achieved a 9th place finish in the Premier League following Birmingham’s promotion, the club’s highest finish in more than 50 years
  • inished 2nd in the 2008/09 Championship to win promotion back to the Premier League with Birmingham at the first time of asking
  • Led Birmingham to a 12 game unbeaten run the 2009/10 Premier League season that took them as high as 6th in the table
  • Became the first ever Birmingham City manager to win the Premier League Manager of the Month award in December 2009
  • Sold over £38 million worth of Aston Villa players while spending only £16 million on signings - giving a net profit of over £22 million. This was the only time between 2008/09 and 2013/14 that Aston Villa registered a net profit on transfer signings.
  • Achieved a win percentage of 70% from 10 games as Scotland national team manager.
  • Beat then World Cup finalists France 1-0 at the Parc des Princes in Paris to go top of the qualifying group
  • Took the team’s qualifying chances to a last game decider against reigning World Champions Italy
  • Won the 2002/03 domestic treble in the first full season in charge at Rangers
  • Won the SPL title and League Cup double in 2004/05 with Rangers
  • Led Rangers to a Scottish Cup and League Cup double in 2001/02 despite only joining the club in December
  • Rangers became the first Scottish club to reach the last 16 of the Champions League in 2005/06, only losing one out of 10 fixtures
  • Experienced huge success at Rangers despite extensive financial cutbacks, with the previous manager’s net spend at £41.9 million in four seasons compared to the over £11 million net gain across the next four seasons
  • Won the 1998/99 Scottish Championship title by 23 points with Hibernian to achieve promotion back to the SPL
  • Managed Hibernian to 6th and then 3rd place finishes in the SPL and reached the 2000/01 Scottish Cup final
  • Guided Motherwell to 2nd place in the league behind Walter Smith’s Rangers in first season as a manager

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