Alan Pardew and Brendan Rodgers worked together when Alan was manager of Reading, and Brendan Rodgers was managing the Youth Academy at the club, and that was from 1999 through 2003.
Brendan Rodgers – Liverpool manager
So the two will meet up again as managers of two very big clubs – Liverpool and Newcastle - tomorrow, and there have been some great games between the two sides over the last twenty years or so.
During that time Liverpool have been on the wane from their glory days of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s under two of the best managers ever – Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley.
Bill was the one that brought Liverpool up from the second division, helped by right hand man Bob Paisley, and he built them into a great side and managed the club from 1959 through 1974, when Assistant Manager Bob Paisley took over.
Bob was born in Hetton-le-Hole and had even more success than Bill, and Liverpool have won the European Cup (Champions League these days) more than any other British club – a total of 5 times.
And Liverpool haven’t really come close to their previous achievements over the last 20 years or so, and have never won the Premier League.
As for Newcastle – we haven’t won anything since 1969 but maybe we are now near winning something?
Alan Pardew has talked about Brendan Rodgers today, but he doesn’t think the American owners have brought in enough players for Brendan to be able build a good Liverpool side – not yet anyway.
“I was thinking about it the other day, and when we were working together on the school field that was our training ground at Reading at the time, I don’t think we would have believed that one would end up being Liverpool manager and the other would end up being manager of Newcastle,”
“But that’s where we’ve ended up, leading two very big clubs.” “We’ve taken slightly different routes, but I always thought he would make a great coach-stroke-manager. There were a couple of clubs I would like to have taken him to, but by then he’d already moved on and found good roles himself.”
“He’s someone I always thought would do very well. He has this vision about how he would like to play, but you need to have the tools for that and I’ve got to be honest, I don’t think he has them at the minute.
“For whatever reason, I don’t think Liverpool gave him all the tools he needs in that last transfer window. I think everyone can see that they need a couple of extra players in that team.”
We’re expecting a good game between two good sides tomorrow, and the clubs are equally placed as two famous clubs trying to get back in the big time in England again – into the top four in the Premier League – and into the European Champions League.
But that’s awfully tough these days, and we wonder which club will make that top four first?
It could even be Newcastle, and that would shock most people – again.
Howay the Lads!!
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