First XI

Promoted to the top job

May 3, 2012
By Robin Hackett
With Tito Vilanova having been confirmed as Pep Guardiola's successor, this week's First XI picks out a selection of managers who worked as an assistant before achieving glory.

Bill Struth (Rangers)

Struth had been an athlete before entering the football world in 1914 as an assistant to William Wilton, who became Rangers' first ever manager in 1899. On May 2, 1920, the day after leading the club to its tenth league title, Wilton died in a boating accident.

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