Osvaldo Ardiles

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Osvaldo César Ardiles (Ossie) (born August 3, 1952 in Córdoba, Argentina) was a football midfielder and is now a football coach for Tokyo Verdy 1969 of the J. League. A competitive and skilled midfielder, he became a cult hero, along with compatriot Ricardo Villa and Glenn Hoddle, in England as a player for Tottenham Hotspur. As manager of Tottenham in the mid-90s, he played several matches using five forwards, a formation that hadn't been used in English football since the 1950s, because of its perceived weakness defensively.

Management career

In July 1989, Osvaldo Ardiles moved into football management with Second Division Swindon Town as successor to Lou Macari. His first season as manager looked to have been a success when he guided the club to victory in the playoff final - but promotion was withdrawn after the club admitted financial irregularities. Former manager Lou Macari and team captain Colin Calderwood were cleared of any involvement in the crisis, but accountant Vince Farrar and chairman Brian Hillier were both found guilty of fraud at Winchester Crown Court. Farrar was put on probation while Hillier was jailed for six months.

Swindon's playing fortunes dipped during the 1990-91 season and they narrowly avoided relegation. Before the season was over, Ardiles quit to take charge at Second Division rivals Newcastle United but was sacked within 12 months with the club near the foot of the division.

Ardiles was not out of work for long. In June 1992 he replaced Bobby Gould as manager of West Bromwich Albion, who had just missed out on the Third Division playoffs in 1991-92. At the end of the 1992-93 season, Ardiles guided Albion to victory over Port Vale in the Division Two playoff final. Shortly afterwards he walked out of the Hawthorns to return his former club Tottenham as manager, but his management spell was nowhere near as successful as his spell as a player. Tottenham finished 15th in the Premiership and despite the expensive acquisition of Jurgen Klinsmann, Ilie Dumitrescu and Gheorghe Popescu in the 1994 close season, Ardiles was sacked in October 1994 with Tottenham battling relegation. They had just been punished for financial regularities committed during the late 1980's: with a 1-year FA Cup ban, £600,000 fine and 12 league points deducted. The punishment was later amended to a £1.5million fine and 6 points deducted but the FA Cup ban and points deduction were later quashed.

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