The last time, the circle was not completed. This time, it has been.
- Roy Keane, who resigned as manager of Sunderland in December, was appointed manager of Ipswich Town in April, replacing Jim Magilton, who was sacked.
- Jim Magilton was appointed manager of Queen’s Park Rangers on 3 June 2009. Sousa had been sacked as manager of QPR on 9 April 2009 for allegedly disclosing confidential information without permission.
- Steve Bruce moved from Wigan Athletic to Sunderland a couple of weeks ago. Wigan Athletic signed Roberto Martinez from Swansea City to replace him.
- Paulo Sousa has been appointed manager of Swansea City.
So we have:
- Paulo Sousa a successor to Roberto Martinez at Swansea City.
- Roberto Martinez a successor to Steve Bruce at Wigan Athletic.
- Steve Bruce a successor to Roy Keane at Sunderland.
- Roy Keane a successor to Jim Magilton at Ipswich Town.
- Jim Magilton a successor to Paulo Sousa at QPR.
Interesting pairings too:
- Paulo Sousa (Portuguese) and Roberto Martinez (Spanish) are both from the Iberian peninsula.
- Steve Bruce and Roy Keane were team-mates at Manchester United.
- Roy Keane (Republic of Ireland) and Jim Magilton (Northern Ireland) are both Irish.