Saturday, December 5 – 1959
Sergeant-Major with the human touch
What is the background to the 46-year old fast-talking Scot – Bill Shankly – who will take over in the New Year the job of equipping Liverpool F.C. for a drive which, if his plans work out, will take the Anfield club into the First Division?
He has been described as a football fanatic, and ace believer in youth, an over-keen disciplinarian, and a personality better equipped to teach the game than to provide the finesse and diplomatic touch which a manager is expected to possess.
None of these tags is strictly accurate – they have gained popularity and credence by repetition.
Shankly, married with two school-aged daughters, is an out-an-out enthusiast for the game which has brought him a profitable living since he joined Preston North End from a Scottish junior side in the 1930s.
He will talk, argue…
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