Craig Levein (Leicester)
For a long spell Leicester City were an established English Premiership side with a better than solid cup pedigree. Under Martin O’Neil’s tutelage they reared inexpensive, hardworking British teams, which were tough to beat and occasionally nice to watch.
Shortly after the Northern Irishman’s move to Celtic in 2000, Leicester became something of a yo-yo side, as they ended up being relegated and promoted in consecutive seasons. By the time of Craig Levein’s appointment the team had found themselves freshly in the Championship.
Still, unlike many of their rivals they retained a core of Premiership pros, including experienced England caps Ian Walker, Dion Dublin and Jason Wilcox.
Fans expecting an immediate return to the land of Rooney and Beckham were rudely awakened by a series of stifling draws and occasional narrow wins. Worse still, it was plain to most in the stands that Levein’s side, while hardly thrilling, had all the tools required to unpick the locks of every other defence in the division.
Instead of sitting pretty at the top of the league, Levein’s side ended up in 15th place. A season later he was removed with a brutal record of 20 wins from 72 matches.
Kenny Dalglish (Liverpool)
While on the pitch Dalglish failed to really get things going at Liverpool, he still managed to stabilise a club on the slide and win them the League Cup.
Off the field though he riled rivals, moaned to the media and spunked a ludicrous amount of money on overpriced English talent (£35 million on Andy Carroll?!). Uneventful his tenure most certainly wasn’t.
Sacked this summer after Liverpool’s worst league finish since 1994, most pundits point to his controversial defence of the infinitely unlikable Luis Suárez as the main reason behind his dismissal. The Uruguayan striker was banned for eight matches following racist abuse of Manchester United’s Patrice Evra – something American chairman Tom Werner wasn’t impressed with in the slightest.
King Kenny might still be a Liverpool legend, but it’s doubtful whether anyone else will offer him a job anytime soon.
Graeme Souness (Pretty much everywhere)
Long before Kenny Dalglish was causing trouble at Anfield, this one-time Liverpool club favourite almost toppled the then-great club, following a successful spell in Scotland with Rangers.
Arrogant, aggressive and utterly unable to spot a good player from a bad one, Souness’ managerial career is littered with awful buys, controversial falling outs and bizarre tactical episodes.
His more notorious decisions include replacing Benfica’s Deco with a third rate Welsh midfielder, signing Europe’s wettest winger Albert Luque for Newcastle (a snip at £10 million) and making Scotland’s Christian Dailly the world’s fourth most expensive defender in 1998.
Causing riots in Turkey, relegating Blackburn and upsetting pretty much everyone in the northeast of England apart from Alan Shearer were all just fun extras in the Souness managerial rollercoaster.
Alex Miller (Aberdeen)
Mention the name Alex Miller to fans of Aberdeen and you’ll almost be able to witness their stomachs churning. The former Rangers player and ex-Hibernian manager took the reins of the Pittodrie club at the end of the 1996/97 season, but left only a year later.
Known for his dour, workman-like sides, Miller seemed a solid appointment for a declining Dons squad, which leaked soft goals with breezy abandon.
Despite a promising start and a memorable victory over Celtic, tactical niggles began to lead to a run of desperate form. Flamboyant midfielder Eion Jess found himself playing a holding role, while the previously lethal Billy Dodds was punted wide right in a move, which made Aberdeen about as potent as Pele without his Viagra.
Worse still, creative Premiership signing Craig Hignett was swiftly sold and replaced by the infamous clogger Nigel Pepper.
Aberdeen went from entertainingly inept to downright foul under Miller, and an insipid 4-0 tanking at the hands of a poor Kilmarnock team led to him being terminated.
His win ratio of 25.58% remains the worst of any Aberdeen manager ever, and many fans believe the club have never recovered from his stewardship.
Paul Sturrock (Southampton)
Scottish managers are a frequent sight in the English leagues, and Plymouth Argyle favourite Paul Sturrock (affectionately known as Luggy) had certainly carved out a solid reputation for himself when Southampton asked him to replace Gordon Strachan in 2004.
Bold, witty and with a decent track record, Sturrock seemed a perfect choice to succeed his fellow Scot.
His tenure lasted a mere 13 games however, as the former Scotland striker’s laidback approach led to a run so unimpressive the club started to haemorrhage both fans and goals.
Often away from the training ground, Sturrock’s approach to the club didn’t seem to impress either the chairman Rupert Lowe, or the players purchased by his tracksuit clad predecessor.
Whether through a lack of talent or paucity of visible effort, Paul Sturrock blew his one and only shot at England’s top table. Stints in the lower leagues beckoned and, just like that, one of Scotland’s brightest managers fell into obscurity.