24 Sep 2018 07:25:35
Ed1 do you know if Bob Paisley was ever considered for or offered the England managers role? And was Bill Shankley offered any other role after retirement?

{Ed001's Note - I don't know about Paisley being considered for or offered the England job. I know he was in the running for the Ireland job once but he was still working at Liverpool even after he retired, as an advisor, so he was never really all that keen about other jobs.

Shanks was not offered another role with us no. LFC wanted to avoid the problem Man Utd had when Busby retired, as his presence around the club hindered them for years. Every other manager was operating under his shadow. The same could have been said about Fergie, but his illness has meant no players or fans will ever expect him to return.

Unless you mean other management jobs elsewhere? In which case Shanks got lots of offers but he was settled in Liverpool and was not interested in stepping down to a lesser club really.}

1.) 24 Sep 2018
24 Sep 2018 08:07:33
I think that Shankly may have liked the Scotland job after he left Liverpool?
They had some top players around that time, probably the strongest of the home nations.
They qualified for the 74 World Cup under Willie Ormond and 78 WC with Ally MacLeod, but Shankly would surely have had them breathing fire.
Who knows what they would have achieved?

2.) 24 Sep 2018
24 Sep 2018 10:29:21
Thanks Ed. From the little I know of him I wonder if Paisley would have wanted the limelight and fuss that goes with an international job. I à look also think in the 70s the FA wanted a man in their mould rather than the best (hence Clough not getting the job either) . Either way I'm glad they both stayed.

{Ed001's Note - Paisley was devoted to Liverpool, he had to be convinced to show interest in Ireland.}

3.) 24 Sep 2018
24 Sep 2018 11:01:57
While we're reminiscing I got a book of Amazon last week it's by Peter hooton of the farm it's called "when football was football" a history of LFC 1892 to 1992 fabulous pics and BIOS and some great legends pieces only a fiver.

4.) 24 Sep 2018
24 Sep 2018 13:26:01
If my memory serves me right Shanks was asked by the club to stay away from the training ground as he was spending to much of his spare time there. He was very hurt by this request as you would expect. He felt the club was turning it's back on him after all he had achieved there.

{Ed001's Note - he was asked because the players were getting confused and would call him boss etc. It was the only way the club could move forward. He ended up, ironically, spending a fair bit of time at Everton during his retirement.}

5.) 24 Sep 2018
24 Sep 2018 15:43:34
I remember seeing a brilliant interview with Bobby Charlton about Shanks. The basics of it is still up at the club's site -


6.) 24 Sep 2018
24 Sep 2018 14:32:08
Thanks Ed001. I love watching old clips of Shanks. Hairs stand to attention on the back of my neck when he speaks. I presume from what he achieved the same happened to the players when he gave his pre game speech.

{Ed001's Note - he had an aura. Some people just command a room merely by walking in. Shanks did that.}