Football League: Once a Blue...
- Fri 05 Aug 2011, 11:27AM
- Posted by Alex Rowen
Once a Blue..always a Blue! It’s a chant that rings around the Etihad Stadium whenever a former favourite returns to their old stomping ground and it’s a sentiment that we hope to encapsulate as we launch ‘N Power League 1 City watch'.
With four former Blues plying their trade in charge of League One clubs this season, we’ll be following the fortunes of their sides throughout the campaign.
Steve Eyre, Uwe Rosler, Gary Megson and Paul Dickov will all put their management skills to the test as they seek to lead their sides out of English football’s third tier and we’ll be there every step of the way. So watch out for our round-up every Tuesday on mcfc.co.uk.
For former City youth coach Steve Eyre, it’s a brand new challenge. After 21 years in Manchester, Eyre joined Rochdale only last month and will look to improve on last season’s ninth placed finish.
The Spotland club narrowly missed out on the play-offs and though their new boss may be lacking in managerial experience, his success as part of the 2008 FA Youth Cup winning side will prove invaluable.
Former City Academy starlets Andrew Tutte and Ashley Grimes have both arrived to strengthen the Dale’s chances and it promises to be an exciting season for Eyre
Like Eyre, Uwe Rosler has also made good use of his links with City since joining Brentford, making Shaleum Logan his first signing since moving to Griffin Park.
Following six years of honing his management skills in Norway, Rosler returned to the North West this summer to try his hand at the English game.
Having challenged for the title with Lillestrom and survived a relegation scrap with Molde FK, all questions about Rosler’s lack of English experience have been set aside and the German coach seems to have all the attributes Brentford require.
One man who certainly isn’t lacking any managerial experience is Sheffield Wednesday boss Gary Megson. More than a year after leaving Bolton, Megson returned to Hillsborough - where he spent seven years as a player – in February.
Backed by former Portsmouth and Leicester chairman Milan Mandaric, Megson has been tasked with the job of transforming the Owls from a safe mid-table side into one that can compete at the top.
The former West Brom boss knows exactly what it takes to achieve promotion, having twice led the Baggies to the Premier League and will be boosted by the presence of ex-City keeper Nicky Weaver between the sticks.
Weaver’s former team-mate Paul Dickov will be seeking improvement from his Oldham side after they finished 18th during his first year in charge.
The Wembley hero has never been short of fighting spirit and if he can instil some of that into the Latics then there’s no reason why he can’t lead Oldham to at least the play-offs and possibly repeat the success he inspired City to during the memorable ’99 promotion campaign.