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.