24/06/2008 11:50, Report by Nick Coppack
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Managers United

Paul Ince’s appointment as Blackburn Rovers boss sees him join a growing list of top-flight managers who once played at Old Trafford under Sir Alex.

Last season saw Steve Bruce, Mark Hughes and Roy Keane take on their former United boss, with only Hughes avoiding defeat in both games.

This time there’s another contender, as Ince takes the reigns at Ewood Park for his first spell in top-flight management.

Which former Stretford End heroes have had a crack? And how did they fare?

Club: Blackburn Rovers
Ince joins Blackburn after cutting his teeth with Macclesfield Town and Milton Keynes Dons in League Two. Although three tiers below the Barclays Premier League, Ince proved his winning qualities as a player still serve him well now he occupies a position in the hot seat. He led the MK Dons to victory at Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy before securing the league title (and promotion to League One) on the final day of the 2007/08 season.

Record v Sir Alex: n/a
08/09 meetings:
4 October (a)
21 February (h)

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Taking charge

A number of Reds who played under Sir Alex at United now hold management positions in the UK.

Premier League
Steve Bruce (Wigan)
Mark Hughes (Man City)
Paul Ince (Blackburn)
Roy Keane (Sunderland)

League One
Darren Ferguson (Peterborough)

League Two
Mark Robins (Rotherham)

Scottish Premier
Gordon Strachan (Celtic)


Premier League