To this day, Ron Saunders is the only manager to have taken charge of Aston Villa, Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion.
He managed Villa between 1974 and 1982, before spending four years with Birmingham. Saunders then had one season (1986-87) at West Brom ahead of his retirement.
The above is a terrific quiz question, but there is no doubt that his most successful spell came at Villa, who he guided to promotion in his first season as manager, in addition to winning the League Cup.
Saunders helped re-establish Villa as a First Division club, and famously guided them to the First Division title in 1981, before resigning from his position in February 1982 due to a disagreement with the board.
Saunders turned 85 on Tuesday, and Villa’s official Twitter account were on hand to pay tribute to the former striker. The post was quickly followed by reaction from the Villa supporters, who offered their own views on the club’s former manager.
A selection of the best Twitter reaction can be found below:
🎉 Today we're saying happy birthday to Ron Saunders…
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) November 6, 2017
— Jonny Gould (@jonnygould) November 6, 2017
Happy Birthday Gaffer.
The ‘Saunders Barton Stand’ is still required at Villa Park.
— jonesy 🦁👍 #UTV! (@jonesy73) November 6, 2017
What a fabulous manager he was, best football played under him.
— Tallman (@tallman68P) November 6, 2017
What a legend and a gentleman. Happy Birthday Mr Saunders. 👍🥂🍾🍻
— Barry Marcus (@bazzam1957) November 6, 2017
What a hero what a manager
— Andy Turner (@mrtbigman) November 6, 2017
Thanks for the great times Mr S, and have a happy birthday 🎂🏆
— Tony Cole (@TonyCole3050) November 6, 2017
Have a great day Ron wish those tracksuits were still around exvellent
— Rick Payne (@trappy007) November 6, 2017
Happy Birthday and long live the great Ron Saunders, oh how we need you now
— Martin Thurlow (@methurlow) November 6, 2017
Villa legend ✌️
— Mark Higginson (@MarkHiggyavfc) November 6, 2017
One of our greatest 👍😎
— Gas Services (@belters5705) November 6, 2017