A former Scottish professional footballer has started his managerial career with his old club what will he do with them and can he reach his eventual goal... win the champions league.
The Manager: Ruardhrí Henderson
Place of Birth: Edinburgh (Scotland)
Nationalities: Scottish, English
Former Positions: CM, CDM, CB
The Backstory: *
Ruardhrí Henderson is a name well known to Scottish football fans. He began his professional career in 1991 aged 16 for boyhood club Heart of Midlothian. However during his time with the Jambos he mostly played in the reserves and youth team, making only 31 appearances scoring 2 times and assisting 14 goals in 4 years at the club. However at the end of the 1994/95 season he was released on a free transfer. This hurt at the time as he felt he had more to give to his favourite club.
After a month off football he was signed by Scottish 3rd division side Livingston who were in their first season as Livingston F.C. who were formerly Meadowbank Thistle. During his time with Livi he made 201 appearances over 9 years scoring 52 times and gaining 91 assists an incredible record. Henderson's achievements with the The Amber Machine include Winning the Scottish League 3 in 1995/96, the Scottish 2nd division in 1998/99, in 2000/2001 the team completed the fairy tale winning Scottish First division and getting promoted to the Scottish Premiership, however on what Henderson maintains was his greatest achievement Livingston finished 3rd in their first season in the SPL. However the following season Livingston finished 9th in 2002/3 and Henderson considered leaving however he was convinced to stay by new manager Márcio Máxima. Although Livingston finished 9th once again the club lead by Henderson won their first cup completion winning the League Cup 2-0 over Hibernian. Henderson regards this as his best time in football and is still a fan favourite with Livi today. However with the club in financial trouble a move soon was agreed.
£1.15 million was the transfer fee as Henderson moved to Glasgow Rangers. His time in Glasgow was an interesting one, it was the first time he was playing for a club that he didn't love and the club didn't experience the success they expected however he still enjoyed his time and won the holy grail of Scottish Football. He watched on with sadness as he watched as Livingston's situation went from bad to worse and they dropped to the League 2. During his time at the Ibrox he made 116 appearances scoring 19 goals and assisting 39 goals. Despite not experience as much success Henderson still came runners up in the Euro Cup in 2008, Scottish Premiership in 2009 and 2005, the Scottish Cup in 2008 and 2009 and the Scottish League Cup in 2009. However with Rangers wanting to renew there squad in a bid to retain the title. This unfortunately spelled the end of Hendersons time in Glasgow.
The rumours were that Henderson would go to Asia, USA or Australia but in the end in a surprising turn of events he ended up being signed for a fee of £1 million to...OGC Nice! The reasoning for his move was that it was a beautiful city where his wife, 2 kids and he could live, also he wanted a new challenge and playing for a French team in the Ligue 1 relegation scrap certainly provided that. Henderson played 61 games for Nice scoring 8 times and providing 29 assists in the 3 years he spent in France. In his last season in Nice Le Gym remarkably qualified for the Europa League finishing 4th. After spending 3 years in France he was told it was time to go by the manager Claude Puel which incidentally coincided with his oldest child starting year/grade 3. With all these things considered he moved back to Edinburgh.
After a few months out of the game he loved he became player manager for Edinburgh City a Scottish non-league side. At Edinburgh City he played 39 games scoring 20 times and handing out 43 assists. During this time he also studied for his UEFA Continental Pro License which he received. Then finally in the summer of 2014 he officially retired from Football aged 39.
Heart of Midlothian 31 Apps 2 Goals 14 Assists
Livingston F.C. 201 Apps 52 Goals 91 Assists
Rangers 116 Apps 19 Goals 39 Assists
OGC Nice 61 Apps 8 Goals 29 Assists
Edinburgh City 39 Apps 20 Goals 43 Assists
TOTAL 448 Apps 101 Goals 186 Assists
*This entirely made up. Not based on a real player or anybody else. Any coincidence is just that, a coincidence.
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