THE MANAGERS: Alex Mackie

Alex Mackie: August 1899 - June 1905

Alex Mackie was associated with several Scottish clubs before securing the sought-after job as Sunderland manager.

The Black Cats finished in the top three in each of the next four seasons and went close to three consecutive titles.

Mackie’s playing recruits included forwards Jimmy Gemmell and Billy Hogg but it was the defence, strengthened by the arrival of Jimmy Watson, that won the title ensuring that a single goal was enough for victory on eight occasions.

His last two years at Sunderland were overshadowed by the results of an FA investigation which surrounded Scottish international Andy McCombie and as a result Mackie was suspended for three months and Fred Dale took over as manager for the period.

Following his eventual return from suspension, Mackie was later responded for a second time after investigations into illegal payments meant he left the club in June 1906.

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