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Paisley to receive Knighthood?

Gavmundo2010-05-02 19:17:50 +0000 #1
MPs are joining the growing campaign to grant a posthumous knighthood for former Liverpool manager Bob Paisley.

Labour MP George Howarth has tabled a Commons motion for Paisley to receive the award 11 years after his death.

"Bob was the most successful manager in football history and was held in great affection for his outstanding knowledge and modesty," said Howarth.

In nine years in charge he won six league titles, three European cups, three League cups and one Uefa cup.

More than 25,000 people have signed a petition on the prime ministers website calling for the move.

You only have to look at his record as a manager to realise that he was up there with the best

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher

George Howarth's motion is supported by five other MPs including some Labour colleagues who are Everton supporters.

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson, a key member of Paisley's squad during his final years at the club, said he and his team-mates would be delighted by a posthumous honour.

"I think it would be fantastic," Lawrenson told the BBC. "He was a brilliant manager. Everyone in the team I played for would be absolutely delighted if this comes about."

Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher has also added his backing for the campaign.

"I was never fortunate enough to play under Bob Paisley, but everyone at Anfield knows what a great manager and a great man he was," said Carragher.

"You only have to look at his record as a manager to realise that he was up there with the best - three European Cups speaks for itself. "

Spurs fans have attempted a similar, but so far unsuccessful, attempt at winning a posthumous knighthood for their legendary former player and manager Bill Nicholson after his death in October 2004.

I have to say that I have to agree. I never liked the guy back then because of Liverpool's success but you can't argue that he was one of the greatest managers to grace the game.


ulster212010-05-02 19:21:42 +0000 #2
I thought you were talking about Ian Paisley
Gavmundo2010-05-02 20:00:20 +0000 #3
In the Liverpool football section?? Didn't know he was a fan

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