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Friday, January 08, 2010

Nobes' Trivia Question 10 - solution

Three weeks ago, Nobes set you the task of identifying three clubs by their managerial chains during the Noughties. Did you work out which teams he was describing though?

1. This club began the decade with a manager who joined them from a county rival. He was succeeded by a Scot who won the title in his first full season. When he left he was replaced by a former Kilmarnock manager.

Next in the hotseat was a Welshman and he was followed by a manager who eventually left for a club in the East Midlands. Next was someone in his second spell at the club, and the current manager stepped up from being assistant to take on the top job.

Solution: Plymouth Argyle.

Argyle's manager at the start of the Millennium was Kevin Hodges, formerly of Torquay. Paul Sturrock was his replacement and then came another Scot in Bobby Williamson.

Next up at Home Park was Tony Pulis and when he left the Pilgrims recruited Ian Holloway. Sturrock returned for a second spell before leaving in 2009 with Paul Mariner taking over.

2. A current Premier League manager was in charge of this club in the year 2000, he was sacked and replaced by an experienced Scot. He oversaw a relegation and next in-line was an ex-Carlisle manager.

His successor was eventually a former manager returning for a second spell with the club. When he was sacked four years later the club turned to a former Oldham boss.

He was followed by someone managing his sixth club. In contrast, his replacement - the current boss - is in his first ever manager's job.

Solution: Huddersfield Town

Steve Bruce, now at Sunderland, was Town boss in 2000. His replacement was Lou Macari and then Mick Wadsworth was next at the Galpharm. After a caretaker spell from Mel Machin, the Terriers eventually turned to ex-boss Peter Jackson to return.

His successor was Andy Ritchie who in turn was followed by the experienced Stan Ternent. After the former Burnley manager was dismissed they turned to current manager, Lee Clark.

3. This club were managed by a Northern Irishman at the start of this century. When he left, a former Manchester United player succeeded him. The next manager eventually resigned his post to focus on being the club's Director of Football.

His successor spent two years in the job - his only managerial role to date. Next up was a playing legend with the club who eventually stepped down to be assistant to a veteran former Hull boss.

When he was sacked the club turned to an ex-England international and his replacement was a former player at this club. The current incumbent has a wealth of experience of managing in both the Football League and Non League.

Solution: Macclesfield Town

Sammy McIlroy, who went on to manage Northern Ireland, was Macc's boss at the beginning of the last decade. His successor was Peter Davenport who was later replaced by Gil Prescott.

Prescott made way for David Moss to take over at the Moss Rose. Former Town player John Askey was then made manager before Brian Horton had his spell managing the Silkmen.

Paul Ince was next up in the hotseat and when he left Ian Brightwell resumed control of team affairs. His replacement was current boss Keith Alexander.

Congratulations if you worked out any of the answers. Nobes will have another trivia poser for you soon.

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