Bob paisley vs alex ferguson

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bob paisley vs alex ferguson

Quiet Genius: Bob Paisley, British Footballs Greatest Manager by Ian Herbert

Bob Paisley was the quiet man in the flat cap who swept all domestic and European opposition aside and produced arguably the greatest club team that Britain has ever known. The man whose Liverpool team won trophies at a rate-per-season that dwarfs Sir Alex Fergusons achievements at Manchester United and who remains the only Briton to lead a team to three European Cups.

From Wembley to Rome, Manchester to Madrid, Paisleys team was the one no one could touch. Working in a city which was on its knees, in deep post-industrial decline, still tainted by the 1981 Toxteth riots and in a state of open warfare with Margaret Thatcher, he delivered a golden era - never re-attained since - which made the city of Liverpool synonymous with success and won them supporters the world over. Yet, thirty years since Paisley died, the life and times of this shrewd, intelligent, visionary, modest football man have still never been fully explored and explained.

Based on in-depth interviews with Paisleys family and many of the players whom he led to an extraordinary haul of honours between 1974 and 1983, Quiet Genius is the first biography to examine in depth the secrets of Paisleys success. It inspects his man-management strategies, his extraordinary eye for a good player, his uncanny ability to diagnose injuries in his own players and the opposition, and the wicked sense of humour which endeared him to so many. It explores the North-East mining community roots which he cherished, and considers his visionary outlook on the way the game would develop.

Quiet Genius is the story of how one modest man accomplished more than any other football manager, found his attributes largely unrecorded and undervalued and, in keeping with the gentler ways of his generation, did not seem to mind. It reveals an individual who seemed out of keeping with the brash, celebrity sport football was becoming, and who succeeded on his own terms. Three decades on from his death, it is a football story that demands to be told.
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By Bob Cass. Sir Alex Ferguson will end his phenomenal 26 years as manager of Manchester United with one big regret - that he could not quite match Bob Paisley's collection of three European Cup triumphs with Liverpool. While Old Trafford bids an emotionally charged farewell to the most successful manager in British football on Sunday, Ferguson will bow out knowing the Champions League wins of and left him one short of Paisley. Ferguson, 71, may have kept his promise to end Liverpool's dominance in English football, but he once told me: 'I'd love to win one more European Cup before I quit. He believed he had the team to do it this season, which is why he was devastated by the circumstances surrounding United's exit against Real Madrid when Nani was sent off with United leading on aggregate.

No doubt United fans will always choose Ferguson and Liverpool fans will plump for Paisley or Shankly. Ferguson has an overall win percentage of A year later when they retained the cup, they had a first round bye before beating Dynamo Dresden, Benfica, Borussia Monchengladbach and Brugge, again not exactly a fearsome list of opposition. It would be hard to argue against the fact that the Champions League is far harder to win than the old European Cup. Yes, only the league champions were in the competition back in the days of the European Cup, so it was harder to gain entry, but just ask yourself - would you rather be up against Barcelona and Real Madrid plus two other Spanish teams, as well as AC Milan and Juventus plus another two Italian teams, as well as possibly three or four German outfits, or would you rather just have to beat one team from each country? Paisley won 20 honours in nine years whilst Ferguson has so far won 48 trophies in his year reign.

Discussion in ' Football Forum ' started by Devil , Nov 14, Log in or Sign up. Nov 14, 1. No competition or comparison really. Nov 14, 2. The trophy numbers don't lie. And anyone that uses Charity Shields as a trophy haul is a moron.

Lets compare the two; European Cup; Paisley has 3, Fergie has 2 UEFA Cup\ Cup Winner's Cup; Paisley 1, Fergie has 2 UEFA Super Cup;.
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The episode, remembered so vividly by Evans, speaks to the quality which made Paisley such a winner — the utter lack of ego he displayed in the loud, alpha male world of football managers, where the cult of personality was taking hold. He spoke less, listened more. He understood the value of quietness as much as any manager. There has been an attempt in the past few years to appreciate the value of the still, small voice in management. He gave players and coaches a voice in the Anfield collective he ran from to and — the really complicated part — decided which views were wise and which not. Evans suggested Kewley.


  1. Gina J. says:

    Bob Paisley is English football's most successful manager

  2. Sam H. says:

    Bob Paisley or Alex Ferguson? | Yahoo Questions/Reponses

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  4. Edouard B. says:

    For most fans when considering who the most successful ever manager in English football history is, Sir Alex Ferguson will spring to mind first.

  5. Yoav D. says:

    Shankly is revered at the Anfield as the master revolutionary who presided over a period of renaissance at LFC.

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