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Bob, which helped me look at myself, my staff, our methods and, most of all, what made some of the lads tick. This was all done without betraying any confidences. Fish would only tell me what he thought was relevant, as he wanted to maintain a good relationship with the boys to help to improve them both as players and in character. Fish was a great help and definitely played his part in our success at Colchester. We were employing the services of someone like Bob for some time before many
competitive games. Some of his comments from the bench on match days could be very cutting towards either the players on our team or on the opponents’ side. I had to tell him to curb it a little on numerous occasions, but to be fair to him his judgement was usually correct! Another member of staff that had been at the club a little while was Micky Walker. He looked a little like Norris, the character in Coronation Street! Micky was one of the first people to greet me when I turned up at the
promoted in their first year and our youth team had finished top of their league. This was just how I liked it, as I wanted Doncaster Rovers as a whole to regain its credence as a football club. I wasn’t there just to run the first eleven; I wanted every team in the club to be in the highest position possible within their leagues. That may sound like the bleeding obvious, but I knew a lot of managers who didn’t give a monkey’s about how the other teams did within their club. John and Peter
ideal when you’re carrying an injury. Manchester United had the likes of Gordon McQueen, Brian and Jimmy Greenough, Sammy McElroy and many other stars in their line-up. However, we fancied ourselves to do okay, especially at Layer Road with the crowd behind us and the great atmosphere of an evening game. I didn’t feel that we had many weaknesses in our squad. Mike Walker was a very experienced goalkeeper. We had decent pace at the back and generally a very good defensive record. In midfield
his Scottish drawl said, “What the hell are ye two doin’?” The two lads, looking like rabbits caught in the headlights, didn’t reply immediately but just froze. Rueben didn’t give them much opportunity to respond anyway. “When I say pass it with the inside of your foot, I mean it, not the outside of the foot. If we wanted Fancy Dans we would’ve gone down to the girls school. This is Liverpool FC and we do things simple here, RIGHT?” “Yes, Coach,” they replied. He set us off again and we passed