Part of the great France midfield of 1984, Jean Tigana was the surprise choice to take over at Fulham in the summer of 2000.
In France, Tigana had been coach of Lyon, who he took to second in the league, and then Monaco, who he led to the Semi-Finals of the UEFA Champions League via a win over Manchester United in 1998.
As a player, he had been part of the great midfield quartet - also comprising Michel Platini, Luis Fernandez and Alain Giresse - that helped France win the 1984 European Championships.
In his first season at the Cottage, he helped Fulham win promotion to the Barclays Premier League. The Whites had set a new record by winning their first 11 games of the season and went on to claim the First Division title with 101 points.
He later led Fulham to the Semi-Finals of the FA Cup and into the UEFA Cup but with the Whites facing the real threat of relegation, he departed the Club in April 2003, with former player Chris Coleman and Academy Director Steve Kean taking temporary charge.