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Born: In­ver­ness, 1960 (Age 52) Play­ing ca­reer: A mid­fielder, MacDon­ald started his ca­reer play­ing in the High­land League’s be­fore join­ing Leicester City un­der leg­endary Rangers boss Jock Wal­lace. There, he formed a for­mi­da­ble mid­field unit with John Gre­gory and Brian Lit­tle, help­ing the Foxes win pro­mo­tion to the First Di­vi­sion in 1980 and again in 1983. A £400,000 move to Liver­pool fol­lowed in 1984, and MacDon­ald was in the side that beat Ever­ton 3-1 in the 1986 FA Cup fi­nal to com­plete the dou­ble un­der Kenny Dal­glish. How­ever, a se­ri­ous in­jury and the rise of Steve McMa­hon meant the Scot never fea­tured reg­u­larly in the first team and – af­ter loan spells at Leicester and Rangers – he de­parted An­field in 1989. MacDon­ald then spent two years each at Coven­try and Wal­sall be­fore re­tir­ing, aged 33, in 1993. Man­age­rial ca­reer: Ap­pointed to the coach­ing staff at Leicester im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing his re­tire­ment, MacDon­ald briefly be­came care­taker man­ager in 1994 be­fore fol­low­ing Brian Lit­tle to As­ton Villa. There, he held sev­eral coach­ing roles, help­ing to nur­ture the likes of Gareth Barry and Gary Cahill and be­com­ing as­sis­tant to Gra­ham Tay­lor in 1993. Con­tin­ued in the same role un­der David O’Leary and Martin O’Neill, whilst also as­sist­ing exVilla de­fender Steve Staunton dur­ing his spell in charge of the Repub­lic of Ire­land. Be­came care­taker man­ager of Villa when O’Neill left in 2010 but was over­looked for the post in favour of Gerar d Houl­lier. MacDon­ald fi­nally left the club last month to be­come man­ager of Swin­don.

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