Bob Paisley - Reluctant Hero

Billy Biskix

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The thing I remember about him the most was that during the whole time he was Liverpool manager I only heard him speak about half a dozen times. Not sure how he'd cope with the demands of the modern media, but he was a brilliant man and incredible manager.

He was very different to Shankly but they worked together perfectly. Shankly built the club; the modern Liverpool that we know now, one of the biggest sporting institutions in the world. He had an aura about him that translated to the club. The legend of the Kop, the all-red strip, 'You'll Never Walk Alone', 'This is Anfield', etc. All this came about under Shankly. He wanted to create a bastion of invincibility, an unshakeable belief that we (the team, the fans, the manager) were the best, the very best and together we could not be beaten.

Paisley was the thinker. The man with the tactical nous and an eye for a player, someone who could, for example, turn Ray Kennedy from a lumbering centre forward into a cultured left-sided midfielder. I think this is why the transition from Shankly to Paisley was so seamless because by the time Bob took over Shankly's work was done. He had convinced us that we could be invincible, but it was Paisley who actually made us invincible.
 

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I remember he never really said much, and when he did spoke in general terms. But I think behind the closed doors of Anfield, the team benefited from his experience and wisdom.

In some ways he was the opposite of shanks. He was an introvert to shanks extrovert. Shanks was the leader who everyone followed. Paisley stayed more in the shadows and let the team do the talking.

His strengths lay away from the cameras. He could spot any injury just by looking. He had a tactical intelligence that I think was years ahead the time. The way he Converted Kennedy from a striker to a winger. Or took Thompson from Midfield into the defence, or Callaghan from the wing into the centre of midfield.

But his eye for a talent I think is unmatched. He took players from obscurity and made them European champions. That is impossible today. You can add to that list : Jim Beglin from Shamrock rovers ! Alan Hansen from Partick thistle ! Joey Jones from Wrexham and Steve Nicol from Ayr. But he also brought Rush, Dalglish and Souness to the club. And its hard to find three better players.

I remember though he was hard, and he kept the players feet on the ground. There was a story I half remember that after winning the European cup he walked in and said, right, thats the season over, report back in 6 weeks.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xudo1NLICRw

I just found this vid. There are more about him too. I would advise anyone to watch them and learn about the great man.
 

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What a great watch that was, what a great man, love the line to Allan Kennedy, I think they shot the wrong Kennedy
 

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Never saw him or his teams play LIVE. But have read a lot about him. More so in former players' autobiographies. And they all had good things to say about him. Even Phil Thompson, in spite of Paisley taking away his captaincy after winning the European Cup, for being too cocky.
Kenny also has a lot of good to say about him in his autobiography. For a soft spoken man and someone who worked under Shankly, it must take some massive cojones to tell Shankly to keep away from the training ground when Paisley was the manager.

I personally think that his insistence on keeping a low profile worked against him not getting the necessary amount of recognition he deserves. His achievements are staggeringly huge.
 

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Thank you so much Geebo, this is a wonderful documentary on such a great person, he was such a humble personality, he was so different from Shankly. I vaguely remember the 1981 champions league final under his management. I remember the quote when Alan Kennedy made a mistake and at half time and he heard Paisley said "I think they shot the wrong". Kennedy".

I really can't understand why Paisley was never knighted. He was the most successful club manager in England's club history and he brought European football home.
 

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If you ever get the chance, I'd urge every one of you to go visit the Bob Paisley memorial in his home town of Hetton-le-Hole. Its a humbling sight.
 

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^^^ Thanks for this DS, I would definitely would go if I am up north. Despite his quiet demeanour, there was something special about Bob Paisley, he also had this aura about him then, he truly cared for everything and everyone he associated with. The managers then were so different compared today's managers.

Without Shankly and Paisley, the TIA wouldn't have existed and we wouldn't be posting here today.
 

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The great Bob Paisley died 20 years ago on the 14th of this month.

Just listened to a great interview with him from the 1970s on Radio Merseyside, it's amazing that a lot of what he said about football becoming commercialised and so forth could ring true today.

The recent John Keith interview about him that followed was equally insightful and hilarious in parts.

I'd urge anyone with an interest to use the BBC catch up service to listen to them.

What a well run success machine LFC was back then, and what a superb manager, football man and human being Bob Paisley was.
 
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Bob Paisley will forever be revered as a Legend of our beloved club - a modest, humble man that didn't seek the limelight or look for self praise for his magnificant achievements in the game.
n outstanding football man with an insight and wisdom that I believe was very unique - he was deeply intelligent about the game and knew exactly the qualities to look for in a player no matter what area of the team they filled.
A special person that graced our beloved club on many levels - giving his whole heart to the cause - Bob you will be forever loved and fondly remembered in the hearts of us Liverpool supporters. YNWA
 

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Was listening to the Irish captain's podcast, I forget who was interviewed, they were talking about the 20year anniversary of Jack Charlton taken over the Irish job in 86 just before he was Bob Paisley was up for serious consideration, think he was working as director in Liverpool at the time, not sure what happened.
 

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The only manager in Europe that could match his record in the European Cup/Champs League is Carlo Ancelotti, and that says a lot about the man. He is by far the best manager because he achieved more than anyone else did in his 9 year stint as a manager of only one club - Liverpool FC.
 

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The only manager in Europe that could match his record in the European Cup/Champs League is Carlo Ancelotti, and that says a lot about the man. He is by far the best manager because he achieved more than anyone else did in his 9 year stint as a manager of only one club - Liverpool FC.
Just watched the Ronnie Moran story was brillant and a great back up to Bob Paisley and all the other great managers of the club
 

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The only manager in Europe that could match his record in the European Cup/Champs League is Carlo Ancelotti, and that says a lot about the man. He is by far the best manager because he achieved more than anyone else did in his 9 year stint as a manager of only one club - Liverpool FC.
Yes an average of more than two trophies a season, and he didn't win anything in his first season, so the 20 trophies were won in 8 seasons.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Paisley#As_a_manager

The best manager ever on trophies per season.
 

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My nephew sent me the link to this feature on Bob's retirement and last game in charge. .

That's my dear old Dad in the trilby coming up the stairs right at the beginning. Sadly he died suddenly a few months after that. I shed a few tears last night seeing him again. This is the only video I have of him. Otherwise a few pics at family weddings mostly in black and white.

It really was a "family" club in those days and I recall answering the phone at home to John Toshack and Kevin Keegan.
 

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I’ve just read The Quiet Genius by Iain Herbert, really enjoyed it.

Sad thing in his later years they did a photo shoot with replicas of the three European cups and he didn’t know what they represented, very sad but probably the manager I most respect.