Manager of the first team in the French Ligue 1. He joined Girondins de Bordeaux in January (halfway through the season) saving the team from a possible relegation battle (13th place). They ended up finishing in 6th place and qualified for the Europa League.
Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC
Manager of the first team in the Chinese Super League from November 2016 to September 2017. He led the team to the semi-finals of the Chinese FA Cup, winning the first leg 1-0. One week later, he resigned as manager but the team went on to win the cup.
Real Betis Balompié
Manager of the first team in La Liga. Being part of one of the best leagues in the world was an incredible experience, and he has many fond memories and a wealth of knowledge to show for it.
AEK Athens FC
Manager of the first team in the Greek Super League. He led AEK Athens to the semi-finals of the Greek Football Cup and they won the three biggest derbies in the country against Panathinaikos, PAOK and Olympiakos over a month and a half. He left in April but the team went on to win the Greek Football Cup and finished second in the league.
Manager of the first team in the Premier League. He joined Sunderland in October, when the team had taken just 1 point in 7 games. He saved the club from relegation with 4 wins and a draw with six matches remaining (an away draw against Manchester City, the Premier League champions, away victories against Chelsea and Manchester United and home wins against Cardiff City and West Bromwich Albion). He led the team to their first cup final in 22 years, where they were defeated 3-1 by Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final.
Brighton and Hove Albion FC
He was the manager of Brighton and Hove Albion FC, saving them from relegation in his first year and winning the League One in his second (2010-11 season); he was then named manager of the year and the team were promoted to the Football League Championship. The team finished in 10th place in their first year in the Championship and 4th place in the second, playing the promotional playoff game, which they lost against Crystal Palace – the team that ended up winning the final and being promoted to the Premier League. A playing style based on possession of the ball was created, which the team were known for in England.
First steps as assistant manager
While still an active footballer, he started carrying out assistant manager duties at Swindon Town. In 2006, he served as assistant manager to Dennis Wise at Leeds United. In 2008, he joined Tottenham Hotspur as assistant manager to Juande Ramos, guiding the team to victory in the Carling Cup final against Chelsea (2-1) – Tottenham’s last trophy to this day.
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