Thursday, April 30, 2009

King Kenny reveals Carra's first step in Management

Kenny Dalglish today revealed how Jamie Carragher will take his first steps into management at the Hillsborough memorial match next month.

Legends from the illustrious history of the club will take on an All Stars team at Anfield on May 14 to help raise funds for the Marina Dalglish Appeal's bid to build a new Radiotherapy Unit at University Hospital in Aintree.

Carragher will take up a coaching role with the All Stars side, alongside Phil Thompson and Ricky Tomlinson, while Dalglish will be accompanied by two fellow Anfield greats in taking charge of the Legends.

"I'll be in charge of one team and there will be a former 'international manager' in charge of the other," Dalglish told a press conference at Anfield.

"Alongside myself will be Roy Evans and hopefully Ronnie Moran. On the other bench will be Phil Thompson and Jamie Carragher, who will be given an introduction to a managerial career.

"A former England international manager will be in charge of their team in the shape of Mike Bassett (Ricky Tomlinson), who has assured me he will play 4-4-2."

Dalglish confirmed some of the star names fans can expect to see take to the hallowed turf on May 14.

"There are a lot of players coming from various places," said the legendary number seven.

"We've got some of the older lads from 1989. Not just the Liverpool lads, but also Everton and Nottingham Forest players as well. I don't think they'll last too long though, so we've got some younger lads to come in behind them and also some celebrities have agreed to take part.

"We've got John Aldridge, Ian Rush, Peter Beardsley, Ronnie Whelan, Gary Gillespie, Jan Molby, Gary Ablett and Steve Staunton for the older players.

"The likes of Robbie Fowler, Jamie Redknapp, Steve McManaman, Gary McAllister and Don Hutchison are going to play too. They'll hopefully be more energetic and replace the older lads.

"We're also going to have Paul Harrison in goal, who lost his Dad and uncle at Hillsborough. Paul was a professional at Liverpool a few years ago and it means a lot to him to be involved."

"It's not been difficult to get the players to play," continued Dalglish. "They've all been really accommodating. They know all about Marina's charity and what we hope to achieve.

"Maybe I've pushed the boat out a little bit and abused the privileges of our friendships by asking them to attend things, but they know it's for a very good cause.

"It's a real opportunity for them to put their boots on once again and enjoy themselves.

"We've got a good number of players and also a fair few people who are supporting us financially so it's great for the city."

Former Liverpool defender Alan Hansen admits he is looking forward to the event, but isn't exactly relishing the prospect of putting on his boots once again.

'Jockey' said: "I'm certainly not looking forward to playing!

"I think the last time I played was the rematch of the 86 Cup final and I lasted about 22 minutes - I'm not going to beat that.

"It'll probably be only two minutes this time, but I am looking forward to meeting up with all of the guys again.

"The 20th anniversary of Hillsborough was very poignant and the way it was covered in the press was superb.

"You have to sit back and admire what Kenny and Marina have done. The hard work they've put in is just unbelievable.

"It's going to be a great night for everyone - the charity, the fans and hopefully the families."

Doctor Lee Martin, a surgeon from Fazakerley hospital, believes the funds raised will help build a 'world class' facility on Merseyside.

He said: "Marina has been intricately involved in cancer research on Merseyside. The chemotherapy unit has been open for two years now and she's helped make a big difference to so many people.

"Without their input, this type of thing would never happen on this side of the water. It will revolutionise cancer treatment in the Merseyside area.

"We're grateful not only for the money, but also Kenny and Marina's personal contribution.

"This will be a world class facility for a world class city."

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