Tuesday 22 October 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Gordon Strachan took his second managerial role when he was named as the new boss of Southampton.
"He brings knowledge, experience, passion and motivation to the club"
Strachan succeeded Stuart Gray less than two months after leaving his job at Coventry City by mutual consent.
Garry Pendrey, who worked as Strachan's assistant at Highfield Road, rejoined his former boss in the same role with the Saints, whose chairman said the appointment had been made with the long-term future of the club in mind.
"This appointment is about the long-term future of Southampton Football Club and our fans," said Lowe. "In Gordon we have appointed a true leader who has managed and played at the highest level. He brings knowledge, experience, passion and motivation to the club."
After a distinguished playing career with Dundee, Aberdeen, Manchester United, Leeds United and Coventry, where he was initially player/assistant manager, Strachan was appointed as manager of the Sky Blues in November 1996.
He retired from playing at the end of that season and was in charge of the club for nearly five years.
When he took over at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton were lying 19th in the 20-team Barclays Premier League table with six points from eight games. But, following a 3-3 draw with Ipswich Town in his first match in charge, the former Scotland international masterminded a recovery which eventually saw them finish safely in 11th place.
The following season they came eighth in the table and reached the FA Cup final before he stepped down from the job in February 2004. The 56-year-old is now manager of the Scotland national team.