Roy Evans fulfilling his destiny

When Roy Evans was appointed reserve team trainer in August 1974, chairman John Smith predicted: "We have not made an appointment for today but for the future. One day, Roy Evans will be our manager."

Roy Evans was appointed Liverpool's ninth post-war boss, as predicted, following the resignation of Graeme Souness. "They have gone back to the factory floor to appoint me. It took me 30 seconds to accept the job. This is a dream come true", Evans said.

"The Anfield traditions go back before Shanks. He brought with him a set of principles of how football should be played. Over the years, we have tried to stick to that. It's with a great sense of pride that I say I've been lucky enough to be put in charge of this great club."

"Liverpool is simply the best in the world and the fans look to the manager to provide the best for it. My aim is to restore the club to its rightful place. We are in a reasonable state - certainly not as bad as some people are saying."

"I will be my own man, my own personality and although I've learned from people like Shanks and Paisley, it will not be simple to try to emulate people like that. I've been privileged to work with some great people, though, and I can't help but to have learned from all of them."

Liverpool chairman David Moores added: "Roy is a relatively young man but he has given 30 years' loyal service as player and coach. He will do well for us and at the end of the season he will appoint a top class coach to work under him and help him. The choice of that coach will be down to Roy."

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