As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer departs as manager of Manchester United, our nostalgia quiz this week focuses on some of the characters who’ve vacated the hot seat at the city’s football clubs down the years.
They include George Poyser, Ron Saunders and the ebullient Malcolm Allison from Manchester City as well as United bosses Wilf McGuinness and Frank O’Farrell. Both found it almost impossible to follow in Sir Matt Busby’s footsteps.
How well do you remember sacked City and United managers? Why not test your knowledge in our quiz and compare your score with friends.
In what year did George Poyser replace Les McDowell as manager of Manchester City? It was following relegation to Division Two.
Wilf McGuinness managed United from 1969 to 1970. He played for the Red Devils as a wing half from 1953 to 1959 as well as representing England. How many senior international caps did McGuinness win?
Ron Saunders was City manager from 1973 to 1974, during which time he took the Blues to a League Cup Final against Wolverhampton Wanderers. They lost 2-1 and Saunders was sacked. What club did he then join?
Frank O’Farrell left Leicester City to become United manager in 1971. He departed in 1972 after signing striker Ted McDougall from Bournemouth for a transfer fee of £200,000. What club did O’Farrell then manage?
Malcolm Allison enjoyed two stints in the manager’s chair at Maine Road. The second one ended in acrimony in 1980 when Allison fell out with the City board. He also had a verbal spat with his successor. What was his name?
Tommy Docherty joined United as manager in 1972. What side did manage immediately before coming to Old Trafford?
For which club did Malcolm Allison play centre half from 1951 to 1957?
Former Oldham and Everton manager Joe Royle couldn’t save City from the drop from Division One after he joined them in February 1998. They bounced back winning the Division Two play-off final on penalties the next season against which club?
Dave Sexton was dismissed as United manager in April 1981 after four seasons without winning a major trophy. In 1980, he paid a club record £1.25 million to sign which striker?
As a player, what position did Joe Royle make his own for Everton, Manchester City, Bristol City and Norwich City?
📍 Manchester Town Hall, 7th November 1986.
A blaze of lights illuminates Manchester Town Hall, which is topped by a huge Santa Claus and sleigh. Who's looking forward to Christmas festivities in Manchester this year?
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