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Paranoia of football management!
on 18 February 2001
I just finished with his Liverpool days and felt I needed to review now. As a Liverpool fan, I was very disturbed to read his views about the Liverpool board. Tommy Smith loses all my respect too and revelations on Phil Thompson are no surprise. I felt for Souness as he described his operation experiences and beyond, but all the time, I felt that his excuses for his failures as manager at Liverpool were those of a paranoid man. At Rangers, he was a target of hate, but was given more than most mangers to spend at will at building an average team that never did well in Europe...he never did explain that. But at Liverpool, he was an idol who threw away all the respect that he earned as a player by making many poor buys. He never explains his tactics, his training regime and the changes at Anfield, and so he still leaves himself open to criticism. Blaming everyone around him is poor management, and maybe that is what we really learn about him. He was simply a man that did not know how to manage players never mind a club that demanded success every week. The book is full of excuses and Souness does not realize that he is the reason for his own problems.