Sir Matt Busby
(Manchester United, Feb 1945-May 1969; Dec 1970-May 1971)
Although he never left Old Trafford, Busby’s presence in the role of general manager saw him return as boss in place of Wilf McGuinness, who lasted little more than a year as Busby’s initial successor.
(Liverpool, May 1985-Feb 1991; Jan 2011-May 2012)
In 1985 the King of the Kop was named player-manager and he led the Reds to three league championships. His return, in Jan 2011 after Roy Hodgson’s ill-fated spell, did not go as well and lasted little more than a year.
(Real Madrid, Jul 1996-June 1997; Jul 2006-Jun 2007)
Italian Capello had two spells at the Bernabeu and won the Primera Division title on each occasion, but it was not enough to stay
(Portsmouth, Mar 2002-Nov 2004; Dec 2007-Oct 2008)
After leaving for arch-rivals Southampton, Redknapp returned and won the 2008 FA Cup before departing for Tottenham, leaving the sinking ship that was Portsmouth.