Ex-Owls boss Big Ron signs for Celebrity BB

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Former Sheffield Wednesday boss Ron Atkinson has been revealed as one of the contestants on Celebrity Big Brother.

Atkinson, known as Big Ron, was manager of the Owls from February 1989 to June 1991, managing them to League Cup success in 1991 before controversially leaving to join Aston Villa.

He later returned to Wednesday in November 1997 steering them away from the relegation zone before leaving in the summer at the end of his temporary contract.

Atkinson is famous for his ‘Ronglish’ turns of phrase. He was forced to resign from his job as an ITV pundit in 2004 after making a racist comment about black Chelsea star Marcel Desailly.

He managed Kettering Town and Cambridge United before moving to manage first division West Bromwich Albion. He went on to manage clubs including Manchester United, the Owls, Coventry City, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forrest and Atletico Madrid and enjoyed two FA Cup wins.

Since the Desailly incident, Atkinson has claimed the comment was an aberration and he is not racist, citing in his defence his West Bromwich Albion side was the first high-profile British club to have a significant number of black players.