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Tuesday 22 October 2013

On this day in 2001: Strachan takes Saints reins

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Gordon Strachan taking over at Southampton

  • Strachan takes charge of his first match as Southampton manager against Ipswich

  • Strachan barks out the orders during Southampton's trip to Man United in January 2002

  • The Scotsman manages to steer Saints clear of relegation

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

22 October 2001 - Strachan takes charge at Southampton

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"
Rupert Lowe

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.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Gordan Strachan took the reins at Southampton