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Happy Birthday “Big Ron” 81 years young today

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Former Manchester United boss “Big Ron” Atkinson is 81 today, help us celebrate this larger than life football character.

“Big Ron” as he is affectionately known shot to prominence when he became Manchester United manager.

After working miracles at West Bromich Albion Atkinson was charged with bringing the glory days back to Manchester United.

He was appointed in 1981 and won two FA Cup trophies, one in 1983 and the other in 1985.

But a failure to close the gap domestically on Liverpool in the league some him sacked in 1986.

From there Big Ron flittered around the footballing world.

He went back to West Brom, before trying his luck at Atletico Madrid. That was an extremely short three-month tenure.

He did enjoy spells with Sheffield Wednesday, Coventry City and Nottingham forest.

But outside of United his time with Aston Villa was perhaps his most recognized.

Post football he turned his hand to punditry, where his eccentric character really shone with his infamous if not amusing words.

“Well Clive, it’s about the two M’s – movement and passing.”

“Zero-zero is a big score.”

“I would not say he (David Ginola) is the best-left winger in the Premiership, but there are none better.”

Of course, who could forget, “Well, either side could win it, or it could be a draw.

Big Ron, we salute you, Happy Birthday!