The case for and against Sir Bob Paisley

Paisley and his own unique treble of three European Cup wins.

Bob Paisley (or should that be Sir Bob Paisley?) is a name that often seems to be drowned out and lost in the up-to-11 volume of the rolling news era, where each and every victory, player, team, squad and competition must be bigger, and therefor better, than the last.

Even if we are to judge the game and its legends by these ever-inflated standards however, few come close to the achievements of Liverpool FC’s Bob Paisley. Over nine years as Anfield boss, Paisley won everything bar the FA Cup, including a UEFA Cup and three European Cups, two of which were picked up in consecutive seasons. He is still the only manager ever to win the competition three times.

Paisley was officially recognised with an OBE after he clinched his first European Cup in 1977, but for many Liverpool fans, seeing the names of Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson up in lights sticks in the throat considering how their own hero managers go without such honours.

Sir Alex Ferguson was knighted after his 1999 treble win. Without going into the argument of what a treble consists of, the combination of trophies won that season was a feat not achieved before or since in England. It was a magnificent accomplishment at the midpoint of a truly incomparable career. Sir Alex is undoubtably a manager for the ages, with a CV that, on its own merits, cannot be bettered by anyone. Continue reading