Bruce Rioch

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Bruce Rioch
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Rioch (2008)
Surname Bruce David Rioch
birthday September 6, 1947
place of birth AldershotEngland
position midfield player
Years station Games (goals) 1
1964-1969 Luton Town 149 (47)
1969-1974 Aston Villa 154 (34)
1974-1976 Derby County 106 (34)
1976-1977 Everton FC 30 0(3)
1977-1979 Derby County 41 0(4)
1978 →  Birmingham City  (loan) 3 0(0)
1979 →  Sheffield United  (loan) 8 0(1)
1980-1981 Seattle Sounders 44 0(5)
1981-1984 Torquay United 71 0(6)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1975-1988 Scotland 24 0(6)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1982-1984 Torquay United
1985 Seattle FC
1986-1990 Middlesbrough FC
1990-1992 Millwall FC
1992-1995 Bolton Wanderers
1995-1996 Arsenal FC
1996-1997 Queens Park Rangers (Assistant Coach)
1998-2000 Norwich City
2000-2001 Wigan Athletic
2005-2007 Odense BK
2008 Aalborg BK
1 Only league games are given.

Bruce David Rioch (born September 6, 1947 in Aldershot , England ) is a former Scottish football player and current football coach . His last coaching position was the club Odense BK in the Danish Super League . During his playing career, he made 24 caps for the Scottish national team and was the first Scottish captain born in England (the right to play for Scotland was based on his father's birthplace). With Derby County Rioch won the English championship as a player in the First Division 1974/75 . His son Gregor later became a professional footballer and currently works in the coaching staff of Manchester City .

Player career

After Rioch moved to Luton at the age of 14 , he joined the local club Luton Town and signed his first professional contract there in September 1964. Just a month later, the midfielder made his debut in the first team and also made his debut in the championship in the 1-0 home loss to Southend United . From then on, he developed more and more to become a regular player, scoring a total of 24 goals and, after relegation from the third- tier Third Division, played a key role in the resurgence by winning the fourth division championship in 1968. In July 1969, he moved to the Second Division at Aston Villa , with the transfer fee of 100,000 British pounds representing a record based on the second highest English division. With his new club, Rioch reached the final in the League Cup and lost there against Tottenham Hotspur 2-0.

In February 1974, he finally moved to the first-class First Division for Derby County , where he immediately joined a team that won the English championship in the 1974/75 season . In December 1976 he joined Everton FC at short notice , but returned to Derby in September of the following year. When he fell out with the local coach Tommy Docherty , the club loaned him to Birmingham City in December 1978 and to Sheffield United in March 1979 . After the season was over, Rioch left the baseball ground for good and played from 1980 in the US professional league NASL for the Seattle Sounders . There he received a nomination for the All-Star- Team in 1980 .

In October 1980 he returned to England and was henceforth employed in a personal union of player and co- trainer at Torquay United (initially under coach Mike Green and later under Frank O'Farrell ).

Coaching career

Torquay United

In July 1982 Rioch took over the coaching office in Torquay , but continued to do so as a player- coach . After an incident in training with Colin Anderson his involvement ended in January of 1985. He paused for a period of 13 months and went once more to Seattle to there from February 1985 on the FC Seattle to care. However, in September of the same year he returned to England.

Middlesbrough FC

He celebrated his first successes after he joined Middlesbrough FC in February 1986 . He led this club in 1987 to the runner-up in the third division and thus rose to the second highest division. The club had already faced bankruptcy at the beginning of the season and was temporarily not allowed to use the local Ayresome Park on the instructions of the bankruptcy administrator . Only a year later, the second promotion followed and with the victory in the play-offs , the direct march through to the top English league succeeded. There the club could no longer assert itself and after an exciting fight they were relegated until the last day of the match. Rioch had not been able to fight the relegation battle to the end, as the club had dismissed him in March (at this point, however, the club was still just above the relegation places).

Millwall FC and Bolton Wanderers

Around a year later, Rioch returned to paid football in April 1990 and now worked at Millwall FC . The relegation of the club from the English premier league he could no longer prevent, but led the team in the 1990/91 season in the play-off games, but in the semifinals the club lost to Brighton & Hove Albion . After a disappointing 1991/92 season, Rioch left the club in March 1992.

From May 1992, his next station was the Bolton Wanderers , with whom he was runner-up in what is now called the Second Division, and thus promotion to the First Division - like the second English division after its introduction - in his first full coaching season in 1992/93 the Premier League was now called - succeeded. Just two years later, Bolton celebrated even greater success with Rioch when the club first reached the final in the League Cup 1994/95 . There they were defeated by Liverpool FC , but got a more than conciliatory season end through promotion to the Premier League. The Wanderers were 2-0 behind in the decisive 4: 3 play-off final win against Reading FC after extra time at halftime. This big win was Rioch's last game in which he supervised the team. He was henceforth coach of Arsenal FC ; he was followed by Roy McFarland himself at the Bolton Wanderers . Due to his great success, Rioch is now considered one of the best coaches in Bolton Wanderers history.

Arsenal FC

In his only season with the English top club, Rioch led Arsenal to fifth place in the table and thus to a qualification for the UEFA Cup . The club won the long-distance duel on the final day of the match against Everton , Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur . In addition, Rioch was able to move into the semi-finals of the League Cup, which was lost to Aston Villa due to the away goals rule . The FA Cup was already in the third round against the second division team Sheffield United .

Shortly before the start of the 1996/97 season, the Arsenal club management dismissed Rioch after long arguments about the transfer policy. The summer 1995 by Inter Milan undertook Dennis Bergkamp , however, should be further out to be a stroke of luck Riochs that would take it to one of the most best players in the club's history. Above all, however, it was also the sporting differences with the then star striker Ian Wright that had let this personality fade into the background. Wright should play on the left wing position instead of the usual attack center, according to Rioch's tactical instruction. This was even escalated to the point that Wright asked for his clearance for a club change when Wright had meanwhile not belonged to the regular formation.

QPR, Norwich City and Wigan Athletic

After his time at Arsenal, Rioch worked as an assistant with the Queens Park Rangers under coach Stewart Houston , who himself had been his co- trainer at Arsenal. Only a year later they both left Loftus Road together .

In May 1998 he was committed to the ambitious second division Norwich City , who sought promotion to the Premier League under Rioch. In the two seasons of his activity there, however, Rioch could never lead the team close to the front seats and then resigned from his position. The club policy was again in the focus of his criticism, because in his opinion the club management developed too little ambition (he found this confirmed, for example, in the fact that he forecast the sale of the star game Craig Bellamy , which was ultimately also made) and that the uncertain financial situation of the club, large parts of the transfer income were not and should not be available to support its sporting goals.

In the 2000/01 season Rioch returned one more time to the coaching business and looked after the third division Wigan Athletic . This activity lasts until February 2001, when the club was on a place that allowed participation in the promotion games. There is still disagreement about the end to this day. While the club management spoke of a resignation Riochs, this insisted that he be dismissed.

Odense BK

Although Rioch also intended in the further years to pursue the coaching profession, and at the end of the 2002/03 season was traded as the successor to Derby County's dismissed John Gregory , it should take a total of four years for a comeback Riochs on the dugout. He left England, from June 2005 looked after the Danish first division club Odense BK and reached third place in the "Superliga" with his new team in the first year. On March 12, 2007, he decided to resign for family reasons.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Bruce Rioch at Derby County
  2. Bruce Rioch in the NASL