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Archibald dropped for the last time?

From The Scotsman 20 January 1990

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And on 31 January, as Archibald appeared about to sign for Español, Hibs were enquiring about Ronnie Rosenthal. Rosenthal signed for Liverpool instead, for whom he turned out 74 times, scoring 21 times, before joining Spurs. Never a prolific scorer he may not have been the answer to Hibs’ striking woes, although it’s anybody’s guess how he might have coped with Scottish Premier defenders as opposed to English Premier ones.

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Archibald, meanwhile, took a wrong turning and ended up in Paisley instead of Barcelona. He then wandered off into oblivion, clocking up another four different minor clubs in three seasons, winding up as player-manager at East Fife until 1997. In 2000 he re-emerged as manager of Airdrieonians in their terminal throes before liquidation in 2002, signing several Spanish players to play in the First Division, the most notable of whom was David Fernandez who went on to play for Livingston, Celtic and Kilmarnock.