A sad day for Eastlands supporters as inspirational former manager passes away.
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Malcolm Allison, the coach who helped inspire Manchester City to great success in the late 1960s, has died at the age of 83.
Allison arrived at City in 1965 as assistant manager to Joe Mercer.
City went on to win the Second Division crown in 1966, the League title in 1968, FA Cup in 1969 and European Cup-Winners Cup and League Cup in 1970.
Allison managed 11 clubs at home and abroad, leading Sporting Lisbon to the Portuguese League and Cup in 1982.
He took charge of Crystal Palace on two separate occasions, and also had spells as manager of Bath, Plymouth, Galatasaray, Toronto City, Middlesbrough and Bristol Rovers.
During his playing days, Allison made more than 250 appearances at centre half for West Ham, before losing a lung as the result of tuberculosis in 1958.
“Big Mal” – as he was known – always had an eye for publicity, and was famed for the “Lucky Fedora” he wore during one of Crystal Palace’s Cup runs and his love of cigars – but his later years were dogged by ill health.
A statement on the Manchester City website read: “Flamboyant, brilliant and larger than life, Malcolm will be sorely missed by everyone at the Club and beyond.”
City plan to pay tribute to Malcolm at the forthcoming game against Arsenal, and have also pledged “an appropriate commemoration to his life and work in the memorial garden at the City of Manchester Stadium”.
Mike Summerbee told BBC Radio Manchester that Allison was “the greatest coach this country ever had. And still is, without a shadow of a doubt”. (BBC Sport)
Truly one of the biggest characters in the game, Malcolm Allison achieved a great deal at Maine Road and will be fondly remembered by all who support the club and the wider footballing world as a whole will look back with admiration at a career that was as colourful and event filled as the man himself.