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Villa and Celtic Managerial Connections?


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With the Old Firm game rearing it's head again this weekend, it got me thinking that there appears to be a surprisingly large amount of Aston Villa and Celtic managerial  connections for 2 clubs in 2 different countries miles apart from each other.  

First up there is Jimmy Hogan, who is probably more famous in central European football than in this country.  Hogan managed Villa back in the 1930's and later coached at Celtic.

Then there is Tommy Docherty- who was influenced by Mr Hogan as a young player at Celtic, had a short spell in charge of the Villa in the 1960's.

Fast forward 20 off years and Villa had Billy Mcneill in charge. He was is considered a legend with Celtic as the European cup wining captain and later manager. He was at Villa in a short time in the 1986-87 season in which we got relegated. 

After this Villa had Doctor Josef Venglos as the manager for a season in 1990-91, as the first foreign top flight manger in English football. He was probably a bit before his time in the pre sky english football era. Doctor Jo then had a year as the manager at Celtic later on the in 1990's.

After 2006 we had the salad days of Martin O'Neill, who had just had a year out in management after previously being the boss at Parkhead for five years. And of course who can forget Paul  Lambert spell at the Villa? I know we are trying to.  Lambert of course played under O'Neill at Celtic. 

That seems a lot  of connections- its all a bit strange! 

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