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Former Aston Villa and Scotland Manager, Alex Mcleish Returns to England to Train Wells Under 18

Scottish football great and former manager of Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, and Ranger, is making coaching return to England.

And will be heading straight to Somerset for training session with Wells City Under 18 team.

Mcleish, who also once managed his country, Scotland will run the coaching session for the age-grade team on February 28. He will then be at Swans Hotel in Wells where he will be a guest speaker at a fundraising dinner.

Organisers say everyone is welcome to attend as it affords people in Wells and the adjoining areas a unique opportunity to meet with Alex and hear him speak.

Mcleish had a starry that saw him chalking up 500 league appearances  and 77 caps for his country, notably appearing in three World Cups, lifting a European Winners trophy after edging Real Madrid in the final, and memorably beating England at the old Wembley stadium.

The career of the Scottish legend, who was an early protégé of Sir Alex Ferguson, got off to a blistering start in the late 1970s when he played for Aberdeen FC, coached by Sir Alex, as a central midfielder during a very successful spell.

In 1980 and at the age of 21, Mcleish won his first cap for Scotland and a decade later he was crowed his country’s Player of the Year.

Not long after – the early 1990s — Macleish retired as a player and delved straight into coaching, quickly building an impressive profile with Hibs, Rangers, the Scotland national team, Birmingham City, Aston Villa and Genk.

His most outstanding achievement as coach was leading Hibs to the final of the Scottish Cup in 2001, the same year he won the Carling Cup with Birmingham City. He also impressively guided Rangers to 7 trophy wins, notably including the 2003/4 season Scottish domestic treble win.

With a 70 percent rate win, Macleish is statistically the most successful Scotland Manager of all time, and is ranked in the top 10 bracket of the most football managers on the planet.

Wells Under 18 Manager Barry Davidson is delighted about Mcleish planned visit and said being trained by a high profile coach as a Premier League Manager is a fantastic opportunity for the team to go to the next level in their development.

The dinner, holding on Tuesday, February 29 at the Swan Hotel in Wells and will begin at 7pm with ticket prices at £25 which is inclusive of a gastro 3-course meal. A table of eight goes for £200.

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