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Coaching and playing, living your life for football

DATE: 12.04.2018 - SOCCERVOICE - BLOG - SEASON 2017-18

Ray Wilkins was a football friend and one that lived for the game, doing the job on the field, the bench and in the backroom


To see the news about Ray Wilkins death, was terrible. His presence in football was huge and despite not being too much in the front of the big happenings in his later years, he was often there to assist those who fronted their teams as managers.

Premier League has not yet been won by a manager born in England. But behind those who have lifted the trophy as managers you will find english assistant managers and one was Ray Wilkins, doing a grand job in the backroom.

We all know everything about the player Ray Wilkins. One of the finest central midfielders in the English game history. Wilkins was capped 84 times in a 10 year period from 1976 to 1986.
 

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He was also one that went abroad and played in Italy for AC Milan from 1984 to 1987. His playing career is well documented and he never really retired from the game as he went in and out coaching while playing.

Wilkins was in love with football, and a real friend of football, one that enjoyed the game as it is played. His vision as a player was phenomenal and seen there out on the field, but his job in management and coachining is not as known.

But as Nigel Quashie described it in his tribute to Wilkins, he did things with finesse and thoughtfulness. The debut of the a young Quashie well describes Wilkins as a person and how he could act to get the best out of players.
 

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Carlo Ancelotti described Wilkins as one having Chelsea in his blod. As a player and coach and he spent several years at Stamford Bridge. He came and he left as managers also did, but he must be seen as a very important man in the way Chelsea restructured and became one of the best teams in England.

In between his spells at The Bridge, he did other jobs, such as assisting Dennis Wise at Millwall, taking the club all the way to the 2004 FA Cup final. He left Chelsea in 2010 with a short spell as assistant manager at Fulham, being national coach of Jordan and assisting again at Aston Villa.

To watch Ray Wilkins live as a player was a joy, and if you have forgotten or never seen him play, check this little you tube clip, and him picking his best 11. Also worth to read is this great tribute, and again RIP Ray Wilkins.
 


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