Happy Birthday Joe Fagan!

On this day in 1921, former Liverpool manager Joe Fagan was born.

Joe Fagan began his coaching career in June 1958 after having a good spell with Manchester City as their centre-back. He became manager of Liverpool reserves in June 1971 and was promoted to first team trainer after Bill Shankly’s surprise departure. By 1979 he had become Bob Paisley’s right-hand man.

In July 1983 Fagan took over from Paisley as first team manager. He wrote his name in the record books by becoming the first British manager to win three major titles in one season; The League, The Milk Cup and The European Cup. The following season didn’t start off well with Graeme Souness leaving for Italy and Ian Rush out until October through injury. By the end of October the Reds where in 20th place. By December they had climbed up the table to 10th but couldn’t catch up to Everton and finished in 2nd place. The Reds managed to reach another European cup final that season and Fagan decided that it would be his last match in charge.

It was a sad moment when Fagan retired and when they returned home from Brussels he was seen crying on Roy Evans’ shoulder. He was 62-years-old when he took the job and had only intended to stay in the managerial job for two years.

Joe Fagan served Liverpool Football Club for 27 years. He was a founding member of the famous Boot Room and during his time with the club served as coach, assistant manager and manager.

Article by Lauren Black


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