Rush and Mølby done with the lower leagues - exclusive from LFChistory

LFChistory had a quick chat with Jan Mølby and Ian Rush the other day and asked whether they have any plans to become football managers again. They have been sorely missed by Reds all over who were following their fortunes with their respective sides and would be great to have them back in the spotlight.

Jan Mølby - managerial career:

Mølby joined Swansea City as player-manager in February 1996 and got them to Wembley in the 3rd Division Promotion Play-Offs in his first full season where they lost to Northampton in the final in the 90th minute. A poor start to the 1997/98 season saw Swansea fifth from bottom and Mølby was sacked in October 1997.

Mølby took over as manager of Conference side Kidderminster Harriers prior to the 1999/2000 season and in his first season won the Conference title and got Kidderminster promoted to the Football League. He resigned from his position at Harriers in April 2002, leaving in acrimonious circumstances, declaring he was leaving “hoping to manage a real football team” [paraphrasing] and later that year took over at Hull in the same division. He only lasted though 16 games and was sacked with Hull in 18th position.

Mølby surprisingly returned to former club Kidderminster as Director of Football following the sacking of manager Ian Britton in October 2003. Mølby lead the team until the end of the season and managed to keep them from being relegated from the 3rd division or Coca-Cola League Two as its known. He faced a major rebuilding job in the spring after a massive exodus of players. He had to do with a small squad as several of his players got injured in the 2004-2005 season. Kidderminster lost seven away games in a row and were rooted to the bottom of the Football league when Mølby resigned in October 2004 a year after returning to Kidderminster for his second spell. Incidentally the last game he was in charge of Kidderminster was against Ian Rush’s Chester. Kidderminster lost 3-0 at Chester’s Deva Stadium.

Kidderminster got relegated to the Conference at the end of the 2004-2005 season after five years in the Football League.

Mølby's reply to LFChistory:

"I tried my luck in the lower leagues as a manager and I enjoyed it. The players were very honest and hard working. I know what it takes at the lower levels to be successful. You have to have a big, strong organised team. The teams I managed weren’t like that, but I produced some good footballing teams. If I would go back into manager I would like to work with better players."

 Ian Rush - managerial career:

Rush took over as manager of Chester in August 2004, succeeding another former Red, Mark Wright. Chester had been promoted from the conference in the summer and was in disarray after a terrible start to the season but  Rush's appointment seemed to be the boost they needed. Chester went unbeaten for 10 games after Rush took over and he won the League Two manager of the month award in October. In March, Rush was under increasing pressure as the team had only won 3 out of the last 17 games. Chairman Stephen Vaughan offered Rush and his assistant Mark Aizlewood financial settlement so they could “resign from the club with dignity”.

However Rush's and Aizlewood’s agent and solicitor rejected the offer and they continued in their jobs for a while. Rush responded to media speculation by saying: 'There has been no formal or valid offer made by the club which would be capable of acceptance or rejection in any way.'

A month later on 6th of April 2005, Ian Rush resigned from Chester with his final words being: 'various events have gradually made it impossible for me to carry on' [and the termination of Mark Aizlewood] 'without my consent was the final straw'.

'Since I came to Chester, the team has lost only 13 games in 41. We have steered the club, slowly but surely, away from the foot of the table - where it was when I joined. Today the club is a good nine points away from relegation. 'People talk of a slump but how can you slump from the foot of the table to nine points clear of relegation? As for the future, my team and I have plenty to offer in management and coaching and I hope to return to the game as soon as possible'.

Chester escaped relegation to the Conference in the 2004-2005 season. 

Rush's reply to LFChistory:

"I had disagreements with the chairman so it was just time to move on. I have just finished my coaching. I am now a UEFA pro licensed coach. That means I can work anywhere in the world. It took four years to do. Now I do a lot for SKY television and waiting for the right time what to do. One thing I won’t do is I won’t go back to the level of Chester. You have the same problems anyway at high level as you have at Chester."

Copyright - [email protected]


Season archive

We've got all the results from official games, appearance stats, goal stats and basically every conceivable statistic from 1892 to the present, every single line-up and substitutions!