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Former Manchester United manager enters Celebrity Big Brother

Ron Atkinson also managed several other clubs including Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and West Brom.

Former football manager Ron Atkinson has entered the British Celebrity Big Brother house.

'Big Ron', as he is affectionately known, joined a cast of reality TV stars and z-listers on the launch of the latest series of the often controversial television show.

Ron Atkinson was Sir Alex Ferguson's predecessor at Manchester United, managing the club between 1981 and 1986.

He led them to win two FA Cups, in 1983 and 1985, defeating Brighton and then Everton in the finals.

Atkinson oversaw the careers of many household names during his tenure, including Ray Wilkins, Norman Whiteside and Mark Hughes.

He also led Aston Villa to winning the League Cup in 1994, defeating Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United in the final, denying them a domestic treble.

Atkinson enjoyed two spells as manager of West Brom, and also managed Coventry City, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and even Atletico Madrid.

He was also well known for being television personality and co-commentator full of idiosyncrasies, but became an outcast overnight after making a racist comment on air regarding Marcel Desailly in 2004.

Atkinson, now 74, has made several apologies for the incident but has only worked on the periphery of football ever since, usually in minor media roles or as a consultant.

It is unclear what he hopes to gain from entering such a reality show, apart from a bucket load of cash, but anybody who has witnessed his larger than life personality may be intrigued to tune in.

What do you think of Big Ron's decision? Should he be above all this?

images: © Matthew Wilkinson, © twicepix

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