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The Boot Room, Anfield Road, Liverpool L4 0TH

DATE: 25.10.2017 - SOCCERVOICE - NEWS - SEASON 2017-18

It's a phenomena and everyone following football would now. The famous boot room at Liverpool where tactical talk, team selections and a lot of other topics were discussed
 

This was the place to have a chat, relax and take a cup of tea to talk about important stuff, what trainers and coaches are talking about to give them the strength and best ideas for the right decission making.

They made the best analysis without computers and programming. They didn't have an app, and they certainly never used social media, doing tweets, updates on facebook and snap chat.

They talked through what was important, how to play, what system to use, how to find that special player that could give the team the right blend and mixture, and how of course to win games.
 

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The room wasn't a big place, and just opposite of the changing rooms. The group of people gathered in this room were a bit special and hand picked by a certain Bill Shankly. A myth was that they were all former Liverpool players, but that is not the truth.

From the first group of staff, Ronnie Moran and Bob Paisley were previous players Roy Evans who joined in the early 70's also played a few games in the Liverpool first team. Joe Fagan had a life as a player at Manchester City.

Tom Saunders, one of the members, was the only one who had a coaching degree, the rest of them based their knowledge on experience and a long life in the game either as professionals or amateurs in the lower leagues.

Liverpool had no dilemma when Bill Shankly called it a day after the FA Cup final win in 1974. The board just went to The Boot Room to find the their man, assistant Bob Paisley. Paisley did everything correct and his work was probably more impressive than Shankly himself.

When Paisley departed and stepped down, it was time for Joe Fagan to take charge, and then Ronnie Moran also got the chance as caretaker before Kenny Dalglish was appointed. Not a man from "The Boot Room" but one that really understood the job done and how to progress.

 

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When Kenny Dalglish stepped down in 1991, Greame Souness was appointed. But things changed dramatically with Souness and his type of management was more of an impatient style, brining in all sorts of players and types, without having time to see them progress in the enviroment.

Prevously players were often signed from lower league clubs, given a bit of time to establish themselves before getting the proper job in the first team. This was a like a bit of learning and players like Phil Neal, Alec Lindsay, Ian Rush got instant success when getting their chane.

Life at Liverpool has been a bit of difficult after "The Boot Room", and no player since Steven Gerrard has really come through locally and via the system, academy reserves etc. A number of talents are introduced now and then but no one has been able to establish themselves in the team.

The Boot Room honours is one fantastic cabinet of trophies, a collection from the best days of the clubs history until demolished in 1992. From the original staff of five under Shankly, Paisley, Moran, Fagan, Saunders and Bennett, Saunders and Bennett are the only two not being a manager at Liverpool one time or another.

Roy Evans is the only one, of those mentioned in this article as members of the boot room, that is still living. Ronnie Moran died in March this year at the age of 83.
 
 

THE BOOT ROOM

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TO

PREDICTION

 

NAME

NATION

POSITION

PERIOD

PLAYER FOR ...

 

Bill Shankly

Scotland

Manager

1959 - 1974

Preston North End

 

Bob Paisley

England

Manager

1974 - 1983

Liverpool

 

Joe Fagan

England

Manager

1983 - 1985

Manchester City

 

Roy Evans

England

Manager

1994 - 1998

Liverpool

 

Geoff Twentyman

England

Chief Scout

1967 - 1986

Liverpool

 

Reuben Bennett

Scotland

Coach

1958 - 1970

Hull City

 

Tom Saunders

England

Coach

1968 - 1986

Amateur Football


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