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10 ‘Judas’ Managers Who Left To Manage Bitter Rivals

With Alex McLeish in discussions to swap St Andrew’s for Villa Park, we look at previous bosses who risked the wrath of supporters by joining rivals.

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Brian Clough: Derby County (1967-1973) & Nottingham Forest (1975-1993)

The only manager on this list who is revered by both rival clubs. Clough took Derby from the bottom of division two to become champions of England. He then went on to lift two European Cups with Nottingham Forest. The A52 that links both cities has been re-named Brian Clough Way with statues erected of the man in both cities.

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