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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.
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
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.
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
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.