McManaman: Klopp has shown managers need more time to reap success

‘Give them patience, let them work their magic… Jurgen Klopp has absolutely done that’: Liverpool legend Steve McManaman says managers need more time to reap success… as he hits out at ‘atrocious’ criticism of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

  • Liverpool legend Steve McManaman wants to see managers given more time  
  • He praised the Liverpool board for trusting Jurgen Klopp before winning the title
  • The ex-defender slammed ‘atrocious’ criticism of United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
  • McManaman was speaking exclusively to The Gary Newbon Sports Show 

Liverpool legend Steve McManaman says clubs should learn from the faith shown to Jurgen Klopp after the German won the Premier League as the fifth-longest serving manager in English football.

The Reds became champions for the first time in 30 years last week to complete an incredible five-year journey for Klopp, and McManaman believes he can serve as an example to trigger-happy owners that patience can lead to success.

McManaman, now a coach at the Liverpool academy having played for the club for nearly 10 years, says the men in the dugout must be allowed to ‘work their magic’ if they are to have any chance of replicating Klopp.   

Steve McManaman wants Jurgen Klopp to serve as an example for patience with managers

The Liverpool board have placed their complete trust in Klopp since he arrived back in 2015

When informed on the The Gary Newbon Sports Show about Klopp’s record as one of the longest serving managers in the country, he said: ‘I think that fact is a disgrace because we should stick with our managers a lot longer. 

‘I’ve always asked for patience, even my job as a pundit, I dont like this hiring and firing of managers really quickly. How are they supposed to bed down and grow some roots for the team if theyre in the job for eight months? 

‘Klopp, from day one, he gets the club. It’s as if he read up on the history of the club before he got here. He was given time by the owners, but more importantly every single year there’s been an improvement. 

‘Every year there’s been a progression in what he’s been trying to achieve – the players know it’s going to be long term.’

That patience has led to a Premier League title and Champions League glory last summer

McManaman said criticism aimed at United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last year was ‘atrocious’

He pointed to Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who came in for heavy criticism earlier this season as United made one of their worst starts in decades. 

Now the Red Devils have regrouped and look serious contenders to finish in the top four, but McManaman believes the things being said about the Norwegian recently had been out of order.

‘If you look at Solskjaer, some of the criticism he’s had off former United players has been atrocious, but you can see the steps he’s trying to make is great. 

‘You can see the fruit starting to bear now – they look like a team. Pogba and fernandes look good, [Anthony] Martial and [Marcus] Rashford look good. And you think two or three big signings and they could be a force again. 

The Red Devils have turned their form around after the club decided to back the Norwegian 

‘We need to be patient with the managers. As long as they sit down with the right ethos, the right idea, the right style of football – I think that’s the way forward. You need to give them patience, let them work their magic and Jurgen Klopp has absolutely done that. 

‘He’s excelled to get to two Champions League finals. To achieve what hes achieved – we speak about the Zinedine Zidanes, we speak about Pep Guardiolas, the Madrids and the Barcelonas – now is the time to talk about Jurgen Klopp.’

McManaman made 364 outings at Anfield before securing a move to Real Madrid, but admits he is still a Liverpool man at heart, and working closely with the youngsters at the club has only made him more passionate.

Klopp deserves every credit for working his magic over the years at the club, says McManaman

He played for the Reds 364 times and won two cups and says he is still a Liverpool man at heart

The 48-year-old grew up in the city as an Everton fan and said football in the 1970s and 1980s ‘kept everybody sane’ despite Liverpool being a tough place to live in at the time.  

‘I still work with Liverpool, I still go to the academy – so all those young players who have played this year, I sat on the bench when they knocked out Shrewsbury in the replay, I was in the dressing room at half time and full time so it means a lot more. 

‘I was born in Kirkdale, ten minutes from Anfield. Football in the 70s and 80s in Liverpool was everything. Politically and economically it was very hard to live there, football kept everybody sane. 

McManaman has worked with the club’s academy alongside youth coach Neil Critchley, left 

He has been delighted by the progress of the club’s young talent after coaching them 

‘For my parents, for my friends, football was the shining light – the beacon. I joined [Liverpool] when i was 14 in 1986, so then my love for Liverpool was so evident, so it means the world to me.’

He said Liverpool’s title win makes him delighted for all those involved at the club, adding that everyone from the top down to the academy and club staff deserve a chance to celebrate. 

‘The fact I live here and I’m at Anfield every other week or at the training ground, I’m very pleased for everybody concerned,’ he said. 

He said it was a great time for everyone at the club to celebrate Liverpool’s title success 

‘The academy director is a good friend of mine. I’m thrilled for him, he’s got the young players, got them set and sent them to Jurgen at Melwood to work their magic. 

‘The Curtis Jones’, the Neco Williams’, the Harvey Elliots’ – all these players I’ve known and trained with in the last few years, everyones doing their jobs so well in the last few years but its a really nice time to celebrate. 

‘Everybody from the man who lets them through the doors to the boss to the owners deserve a huge amount of credit because whatever theyre doing is working.’

The Gary Newbon Sports Show, with @Punching.TV, and in association with MailOnline Sport, will be streamed live every Thursday #GNSS 

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