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Steve, Wirral – 31 October 2014

Hello Gaffer Here is one to chew on mate. Name the players who played for their clubs pre EPL who went on to manage them post EPL. eg Souness at LFC

The Gaffer says:

There are a lot! I take it you mean players who played for a club pre-1992/93, in whatever division, then later managed them in the Premier League? If so, here goes (I'm not counting caretaker-manager spells, by the way): Kevin Keegan (played for Newcastle 1982-84, managed 1992-97 and 2008), Alan Pardew (Charlton 1991-95, managed 2006-08), Sam Allardyce (played for Bolton 1973-80 and 1985-96, managed 1999-2007), Ron Atkinson (on Villa's books 1956-59 but never played for first team, managed them 1991-94), Alan Curbishley (West Ham 1975-79, managed 2006-08 and Charlton 1990-93, managed 1991-2006), John Deehan (Norwich 1981-86, managed 1994-95), Roy Evans (Liverpool 1965-74, managed 1994-98), Bobby Gould (Coventry 1963-68, managed 1992-93), Stuart Gray (Southampton 1991-93, managed 2001), Brian Little (Villa 1970-80, managed 1994-98), Bryan Robson (West Brom 1974-81, managed 2004-06), Alan Ball (Southampton 1981-83, managed 1994-95), George Burley (Ipswich 1973-85, managed 1994-2002), Frank Clark (Nottingham Forest 1975-79, managed 1993-96), Kenny Dalglish (Liverpool 1977-90, managed 2011-12), George Graham (Arsenal 1966-72, managed 1986-95), John Gregory (Aston Villa 1977-79, managed 1998-2002), Paul Jewell (Wigan 1984-88, managed 2001-07), Brian Laws (Burnley 1979-83, managed 2010), Glenn Roeder (Newcastle 1983-89, managed 2006-07), Dave Watson (Everton 1986-2001, managed 1997), Ray Wilkins (QPR 1989-94, managed 1994-96), Gerry Francis (QPR 1968-79 and 81-82, managed 1991-94), Howard Kendall (Everton 1967-74 and 1981, managed 1997-98 in Prem), Joe Royle (Everton 1966-74, managed 1994-97), Graeme Souness (Liverpool 1978-84, managed 1991-94), David Webb (Chelsea 1968-74, managed 1993), Ossie Ardiles (Tottenham 1978-88, managed 1993-94), Billy Bonds (West Ham 1967-88, managed 1990-94, Trevor Francis (Sheff Wed 1990-94, managed 1991-95), Glenn Hoddle (Spurs 1975-87, managed 2001-03), Colin Todd (Derby 1971-78, managed 2001-02) and finally, if anyone's still reading this, Danny Wilson (Sheff Wed 1990-93, managed 1998-200). I'm off for a lie down.

Chas, Kent – 31 October 2014

What players have only played one game for Arsenal under Arsene Wenger?

The Gaffer says:

Isiah Rankin PA

Many players have come and gone at Arsenal during Arsene Wenger's long reign, and although many have made a few fleeting appearances, only a select few have played in one single game in all competitions. Gedion Zelalem (4-0 FA Cup win v Coventry, Jan 2014. N.B. He's still at the club so could add to this tally), Conor Henderson (started in 5-0 FA Cup win v Leyton Orient in 2011), Isiah Rankin (came off bench in 1-1 draw at Spurs in Prem, Dec 1997), Lee Harper (started in 2-0 win at Southampton, Prem March 1997) and finally Brian McGovern and Julian Gray (both came off bench in 4-2 defeat at Newcastle, Prem, May 2000).

Ian Robinson, Longton – 30 October 2014

How many of Alan Shearer's goals in the Premier League were from open play?

The Gaffer says:

Of Alan Shearer's 260 Premier League goals, 147 of them were from open play (57%), 55 came from dead ball situations (21%) and 58 were slotted in from the penalty spot (22%). 173 of those 270 goals came in home fixtures, which is a Premier League record, and Shearer has also scored the most away goals (87) in Premier League history too. He scored 68 match-winners (again, another record) and scored just two as a sub. 195 of his Premier League goals were booted in with his right peg (75%), 46 were headed in (18%) and 19 came from his left foot (7%). 170 (65%) were scored from inside the area, 55 (21%) from inside the six-yard box and 38 (15%) were blasted in from range.

Ralph, Ilfracombe – 30 October 2014

Gaff can you tell me who was the first manager to lose his job in the Premier League ?

The Gaffer says:

He is best remembered for scoring the winning goal in Sunderland's shock FA Cup final win against Leeds in 1973, but Ian Porterfield was also the first Premier League manager to be sacked after a run of 11 league games without a win whilst manager of Chelsea. His managerial career path went on a long and winding road after his spell at the Blues, managing Zambia, Zimbabwe, Oman, Trinidad and Tobago, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Busan I'Park and Armenia.

Martin Burns, Glasgow – 28 October 2014

Hi Gaff, I'm not usually the biggest fan of this kind of question, but: I have been a team mate of Peter Schmeichel, Stefan Effenberg, Jean-Pierre Papin, Gabriel Batistuta, Duncan Ferguson, Marcel Desailly and Tijani Babangida, who am I?

The Gaffer says:

Laudrup PA

Well I think it's a cracking question, Martin. You are... Brian Laudrup! He played with Schmeichel for Denmark and at Brondby, Effenberg at Bayern Munich and Fiorentina, Papin at AC Milan, Batistuta at Fiorentina, Ferguson at Rangers, Desailly at Chelsea and Babangida at Ajax.

Thomas, Derby – 30 July 2014

Hi Gaffer, who is the longest serving international manager ever, either still managing them now or in the past?

The Gaffer says:

Josef Herberger PA

The legendary Bora Milutinovic holds the world record for taking charge of most international matches as a coach. The exact figure differs slightly depending on the source, but he has at least 287 games under his belt with Mexico, Costa Rica, USA, Nigeria, China, Honduras, Jamaica and Iraq. He is Yugoslav-born, married to a Mexican, lives in Qatar and retired in 2009. If, however, you're asking me who is the longest serving international manager in one job, the answer is Josef "Sepp"Herberger (pictured). He was coach of Germany/West Germany from 1936-1964, spanning 167 games, four World Cups and even an eight-year break during and after World War II!

Paul Debman, Ipswich – 29 July 2014

How many players have played for more than one country at the World Cup finals?

The Gaffer says:

Prosinecki PA

Seven. Luis Monti and Attilio Demaria (both Argentina 1930 and Italy 1934), Ferenc Puskas (Hungary 1954 and Spain 1962), Jose Santamaria (Uruguay 1954 and Spain 1962), Mazzola (Brazil 1958, Italy 1962 when known as Jose Altafini), Robert Prosinecki and Robert Jarni (both for Yugoslavia in 1990 and for Croatia in 1998 and 2002). Monti is the only player to appear in two finals for different nations, while Prosinecki (pictured) is the only one to score for two separate teams.

Jacko, Merseyside – 28 July 2014

Which team in the World Cup has had managers of 13 different nationalities?

The Gaffer says:

Great stat! It's Costa Rica. Since their first coach Eladio Rosabal Cordero (who was actually Costa Rican!) in 1921, they've had managers arriving from all across the globe. The full list is - Costa Ricans, El Salvadorian (Ricardo Saprissa 1935-38), an Englishman (Randolph Galloway in 1946 - a former Derby, Nottingham Forest, Luton, Coventry and Spurs striker who managed clubs in Spain and South America), several Spaniards, eight Brazilians (most recently Rene Simoes in 2009), four Uruguayans, a Chilean (Hugo Tassara Olivares in 1960), three Argentinians (most recently Ricardo La Volpe 2010-11), a Czech (Ivan Mraz in 1980), a Yugoslavian who became a naturalised Mexican (the famous Bora Milutinovic), a Hungarian/Brazilian (Americo Brunner), an American (Steve Sampson 2003-04) and three Colombians (including current boss Jorge Luis Pinto).

George, Watford – 10 July 2014

Who is the youngest manager ever in British senior leagues?

The Gaffer says:

Ivor Broadis PA

That record still belongs to Ivor Broadis who, at 91, is currently England's oldest surviving international player. He'd made a handful of appearances for Manchester United before the war, then after flying in the RAF he'd been posted to Crosby-on-Eden, Cumbria, when the war ended. Carlisle United, then in Division Three North, snapped him up as player-manager at the tender age of 23. In January 1949, a bid of £18,000 came in for him from Sunderland and he accepted, becoming the first manager to sell himself to another club. He was succeeded by none other than Bill Shankly. Broadis' playing career continued at Manchester City and Newcastle, before he returned to Brunton Park in 1955 for a four-year spell. He finished his playing career just across the border at Queen of the South. That initial two-and-a-half season spell at Carlisle proved to be his only one as a manager. After hanging up his boots, he began a 45-year career as a journalist.

Martin Burns, Glasgow – 10 June 2014

Are there many players to have been relegated from both the top flight in England and the top flight in Scotland? I can think of Jorge Cadete who was relegated with Partick Thistle in Scotland and Bradford City in England. Are there (m)any more?

The Gaffer says:

Derek Whyte PA

Fabulous question Martin! This has taken me the best part of a couple of hours, yet a couple may have slipped the net, so if anyone has any names to add, let me know. Here's who I've got - David Linighan (relegated with Ipswich in 1994/95 and Dunfermline 98/99), Derek Whyte (Middlesbrough 92/93 and Partick 03/04, pictured), Alan Kernaghan (Man City 95/96 & Middlesbrough 92/93 and St Johnstone 01/02), Graham Dorrans (West Brom 08/09 and Livingston 05/06), Wes Hooloahan (Norwich 13/14 and Livingston 05/06), Robert Snodgrass (Norwich 13/14 and Livingston 05/06), Dorus De Vries (Wolves 11/12 and Dunfermline 06/07), Adam Hammill (Wolves 11/12 and Dunfermline 06/07), Owen Morrison (Sheff Wed 99/00 and Dunfermline 06/07) and Paul Gallacher (Norwich 04/05* and Dunfermline 11/12) *Although Gallacher was a Norwich player when they went down in 04/05 he was out on loan that season). Your suggestion of Jorge Cadete is, however, wrong as his spell on loan at Bradford was during 1999/2000 - the season before they were relegated.

Liam, Buxton – 7 October 2014

With Watford sacking Billy McKinlay after two games, what is the short reign ever by a manager?

The Gaffer says:

Rosenior PA

Undoubtedly Leroy Rosenior's 10 minutes in charge of Torquay during his second spell at the Gulls. Regular readers will be familiar with the tale, but for those that aren't, Rosenior was unveiled as the Conference-bound side's new manager on 17 May 2007. However, just 10 minutes later, chairman Mike Bateson phoned him to say he'd sold the club to a new consortium and the new owners' first act was to relieve Rosenior of his duties. He said afterwards: "I did the press conference, I did all the interviews, and within 10 minutes, Mike called me to let me know he had actually sold the club. It was something that I knew was going to happen but I didn't think it was going to happen after 10 minutes."

Wally Thomson, Norwich – 9 June 2014

Who is the youngest player ever to play at a World Cup?

The Gaffer says:

An old one but as it's that time of the year... Norman Whiteside, aged 17 years and 41 days, for Northern Ireland against Yugoslavia in 1982. Pele is the youngest to play in the final. He was 17 years and 249 days old when he scored twice in Brazil 5-2 victory against Sweden in 1958.

Frederick Gillespie, Nottingham – 15 May 2014

Gaffer, my wife informs me that this season has seen a record number of managers leaving their posts in the Premiership? when was the previous record set and what was it?

The Gaffer says:

I wish my wife casually dished out football trivia over the dinner table! She's spot on. There were 10 managerial departures during the 2013/14 Premier League season, and 12 if you count Tim Sherwood and Pepe Mel, who technically left after the season had ended. The previous record was in 2008/09, when there were nine, but again 12 if you count the proceeding summer. They were, in chronological order, Alan Curbishley (resigned at West Ham), Kevin Keegan (quit Newcastle), Juande Ramos (sacked by Spurs), Harry Redknapp (left Portsmouth for Spurs), Roy Keane (resigned from Sunderland), Paul Ince (sacked by Blackburn), Tony Adams (sacked by Portsmouth), Luiz Felipe Scolari (sacked by Chelsea) and Joe Kinnear (stepped down at Newcastle). Then after the season had finished Guus Hiddink left as interim manager of Chelsea, Ricky Sbragia resigned at Sunderland and Steve Bruce left Wigan to replace him on Wearside.

Richard, St Helens – 15 May 2014

Which nine players have scored for six different Premier League clubs

The Gaffer says:

Bellamy PA

Craig Bellamy has now scored for seven different Prem clubs, making him the sole the record holder. He's netted for Coventry, Newcastle, Blackburn, Liverpool, West Ham, Man City and Cardiff. The others are: Andrew Cole (Newcastle, Man Utd, Blackburn, Fulham, Man City and Portsmouth), Les Ferdinand (QPR, Newcastle, Tottenham West Ham, Leicester, Bolton), Robbie Keane (Coventry, Leeds, Tottenham, Liverpool, West Ham and Aston Villa), Nicolas Anelka (Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City, Bolton, Chelsea and West Brom), Darren Bent (Ipswich, Charlton, Tottenham, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Fulham), Marcus Bent (Crystal Palace, Ipswich, Leicester, Everton, Charlton and Wigan), Peter Crouch (Aston Villa, Southampton, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Tottenham and Stoke) and Nick Barmby (Tottenham, Middlesbrough, Everton, Leeds, Liverpool and Hull).

David Forster, Co.Durham – 23 April 2014

Hi Gaffer, There is one team in the United Kingdom with a letter in there name that no other club has, what is the letter and who is ths team?

The Gaffer says:

I'm feeling in a good mood this afternoon so I'll indulge you this one old chestnut! It's St Johnstone; the only league team in Great Britain with a J in their name.

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