RUN­NER WHEN DERBY GAME!

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Favourite Place: High­bury 1986-91: Lit­tle spent three years as a coach at Mid­dles­brough be­fore tak­ing over a strug­gling Dar­ling­ton in the Fourth Di­vi­sion. Lit­tle couldn’t pre­vent rel­e­ga­tion to the Con­fer­ence but he did man­age two suc­ces­sive pro­mo­tions fol­low­ing that. 1991-94: Now 37, Lit­tle took over as man­ager of Le­ices­ter City. The Foxes had just avoided rel­e­ga­tion to the Third Di­vi­sion but Lit­tle got them on the rise. It was third time lucky in the play-offs after two suc­ces­sive fi­nal de­feats. They made it to the Premier League but were rel­e­gated in their first sea­son in the top flight. 1994-98: Lit­tle re­turned to As­ton Villa but this time as man­ager. He guided the club to the League Cup in 96 and Lit­tle twice got the club into Europe. A fourth place fin­ish in the Premier League and an FA Cup semi-fi­nal was also achieved to es­tab­lish Lit­tle as one of the true Villa Park leg­ends. 1998-2007: After re­sign­ing from Villa, Lit­tle took over at Stoke but lasted just over a year, be­fore spend­ing just eight months at West Brom. Spells at Hull and Tran­mere fol­lowed. 2007-present: Lit­tle took over Wrex­ham but couldn’t save them from rel­e­ga­tion into the Con­fer­ence. He left by mu­tual con­sent less than a year into the job and took over at Con­fer­ence North side Gains­bor­ough but was sacked early in the 2011-12 sesaon. Lit­tle is now Jersey FA’s di­rec­tor of foot­ball.

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