|Full name||Robert Paisley|
|Date of birth||23 January 1919|
|Place of birth||Hetton-le-Hole, County Durham, England|
|Date of death||14 February 1996(aged 77)|
|Place of death||Liverpool, England|
|1959–1974||Liverpool (assistant manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Robert Paisley OBE (23 January 1919 – 14 February 1996) was an English footballer and manager who spent almost fifty years with Liverpool as a right-back, physiotherapist, coach, and finally manager. His time and achievements as Liverpool manager has led to Paisley being regarded as one of the greatest football managers of all time, and he remains to date the only manager in football history to have won three European Cups.
Born in County Durham, Paisley spent his youth playing for Bishop Auckland before he signed for Liverpool in 1939, although the Second World War prevented him from playing until 1946. In 1947, he broke into the first-team as Liverpool won the First Division title for the first time in 24 years. In 1951, he was made club captain, and he remained with Liverpool until he retired from playing in 1954.
He stayed with Liverpool after retiring, becoming the reserve team coach, as well as serving as the club's physiotherapist. By this time, Liverpool had been relegated to the Second Division and their facilities were in decline. In December 1959, Bill Shankly was appointed Liverpool manager, and he promoted Paisley to work with him as an assistant, along with Joe Fagan and Reuben Bennett. Under their leadership, the fortunes of Liverpool turned around dramatically as they were promoted back to the First Division.
In 1974, Shankly retired as manager, and Paisley was quickly appointed as his successor. Paisley went on to lead Liverpool to a period of unprecedented domestic and European dominance, winning 20 honours in 9 years – six League Championships, three League Cups, six Charity Shields, three European Cups, one UEFA Cup and one UEFA Super Cup. He also won the Manager of the Year Award a record six times, before retiring in 1983, when he was awarded an OBE.
Paisley was born in Hetton-le-Hole in County Durham, the second-oldest of four brothers. His father, Sam, was a miner, and his mother, Emily, a housewife. After leaving school at the age of 13, Paisley initially worked alongside his father at the pit. He later trained to become a bricklayer, but was spotted by talent scouts and began to play football professionally.
After spending his youth playing for Bishop Auckland, Paisley was signed by Liverpool in May 1939. However, as with so many of his generation, the outbreak of the Second World War delayed the start of Paisley's career. He saw active service in Italy, and played a part in the liberation of Rome from the Nazis.
He eventually made his debut on 5 January 1946 in Liverpool's first post-war competitive match, which was an FA Cup 3rd round, 1st leg match at Sealand Road, Chester City. Liverpool won the game 2-0. Paisley's first goal didn't come until the 1 May 1948 in a League game at Anfield, against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Paisley's 22nd-minute strike along with a Jack Balmer goal in the 80th were enough to help the Reds win 2-1.
In the first full season after the war, 1946–47, he helped Liverpool to their first league title in 24 years, making 34 appearances in the 42-match season. He remained a fixture in the side, appearing in 30+ matches in 1947/48 and 1948/49 and 28 in 1949/50, a season of both highs and lows for Paisley who scored the opening goal of a 2-0 FA Cup semi-final win over Merseyside rivals Everton only to be dropped for the Final against Arsenal, the club's first appearance at Wembley. Paisley later said that the experience stood him in good stead when it came to telling players they were not going to play in big games as he knew how they felt. Paisley became club captain the following season.
After retiring as a one-club man in 1954, he joined the back room staff as self-taught Physiotherapist and had a knack of being able to diagnose a player's injury just by looking at them. He later became a coach for the reserves. The arrival of Bill Shankly as manager in December 1959 transformed the fortunes of the club. Shankly utilised The Boot Room for a second purpose, a room for coaches' meetings. Paisley was one of Shankly's founder members of the boot room staff along with Joe Fagan and Reuben Bennett. Under Shankly's management Liverpool won three league titles, two FA Cups and a UEFA Cup over the next fifteen years.
Following victory in the 1974 FA Cup Final, Bill Shankly suddenly announced his retirement. In the wake of the shock announcement, the directors of Liverpool turned to the unassuming Paisley as his replacement, in the hope of maintaining continuity.
Paisley would prove to be a huge success at Liverpool, winning at least one trophy in eight of his nine years as manager. Hugely disappointed by finishing second in his first season as manager, the team went on to win the title in 1976. This period marked the beginning of Liverpool's dominance of English and European football, as the team went on to become Champions on six occasions - finishing second twice - as well as winning three League Cups, one UEFA Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, six Charity Shields and, most significantly, three European Cups.
Liverpool's dominance of the era in English and European football was primarily challenged by Nottingham Forest under Brian Clough, and Aston Villa under Ron Saunders and Tony Barton. Paisley remains the only man in history to manage three European Cup-winning sides. He also won an unprecedented six Manager of the Year Awards. The only trophy that Paisley failed to win as manager was the FA Cup, although Liverpool would be runners-up in 1977.
Retirement and death
Paisley retired as Liverpool manager at the end of the 1982-83 season, having spent 44 unbroken years at the club in different capacities. He was replaced by Joe Fagan, his assistant, who would go on to win Liverpool their fourth European Cup.
He worked informally as a consultant and advisor to Kenny Dalglish for two years after the latter's appointment as player-manager in 1985, before being appointed as a club director. In early 1986, then aged 66, he was interviewed by the Football Association of Ireland with a view to taking charge of the Ireland football team. Jack Charlton was eventually given the job instead however.
He continued to serve Liverpool as a director until he retired in early 1992 due to ill health, having been diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer's Disease, something which had become apparent in his early seventies when he was unable to remember his way home when driving back from Anfield.
He died on 14 February 1996 at the age of 77, and after his death was honoured by the club with the opening of the Paisley Gates at one of the entrances to Anfield, complementing the existing Shankly Gates. He was buried in the churchyard of St Peter's Church in Woolton, Liverpool.
Paisley married his wife Jessie, a school teacher, in 1946, and they had two sons, Robert and Graham, and a daughter, Christine. He lived with his family in Liverpool until his death in 1996. His wife Jessie died in the early hours of 8 February 2012 as the result of a heart infection, aged 96.
- "Mind you, I've been here during the bad times too - one year we came second!"
- "The sort of lad I'm looking for here is a kid who'll try to nutmeg Kevin Keegan in a training match... but then step aside for him in the corridor."
- "One of the things I keep reminding players is that when you're lost in a fog, you must stick together. Then you don't get lost. If there's a secret about Liverpool, that's it."
- "This is the second time I've beaten the Germans here...the first time was in 1944. I drove into Rome on a tank when the city was liberated." - After Liverpool won the European Cup, against Borussia Moenchengladbach, in Rome in 1977.
- "I tell you something, they shot the wrong Kennedy." - Commenting on Alan Kennedy's debut as a Liverpool player.
- "It's not about the long ball or the short ball, it's about the right ball."
- "If you're in the penalty area and don't know what to do with the ball, put it in the net and we'll discuss the options later."
- "He's trying to get right away from football...I believe he went to Everton." - On Bill Shankly seeing an Everton match after his retirement.
- "I remember Jimmy Adamson crowing after Burnley beat us once, that his players were in a different league. At the end of the season they were."
|Liverpool||26 August 1974||1 July 1983||535||308||131||96||57.57%|
As a player
As a manager
- Football League First Division (6): 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83
- League Cup (3): 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83
- FA Charity Shield (6): 1974, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982
- European Cup (3): 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81
- UEFA Cup (1): 1975–76
- UEFA Super Cup (1): 1977
As an individual
- Officer of the Order of the British Empire (1): 1983
- Inaugural Inductee to the English Football Hall of Fame (1): 2002
- Football Manager of the Year Award (6): 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83
- List of European Cup and UEFA Champions League winning managers
- List of UEFA Cup and Europa League winning managers
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- Evening Times
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- Sunday Sun - Bob Paisley - 100 North East Heroes
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- Bill Shankly
- Jessie Paisley Liverpool Local News - Liverpool Echo
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- Liverpool Pies[dead link]
- "Quotes". www.liverpoolfc.tv. Liverpool FC. Archived from the original on 26 November 2009.
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