Name : Steve McMahon
Birthplace: Liverpool England
Bought From : Aston Villa
Play And Goal : 277 Time and 50 Goal
“When Steve McMahon plays well, I always think that Liverpool will play well.” This is the ultimate compliment, Bob Paisley’s words bear testament to McMahon’s capabilities. McMahon started out as a ball-boy at Goodison Park and eventually joined his boyhood heroes Everton. When time was to move on he chose Aston Villa in a 300,000 pounds deal over Liverpool. He didn’t dare to do the virtually impossible to move straight from the blue half of Liverpool to the red.
Since Souness left the club, a playmaker of similar force was needed, and McMahon was the closest thing the club had ever come to replacing the fiery Scotsman. He was Kenny Dalglish’s first signing and proved a brilliant acquisition. Macca was ruthless in the middle, could score goals when needed and displayed sorely missed leadership qualities in the engine room. He had though to stay on the bench, the only Englishman in Liverpool’s troops when Liverpool beat Everton in the FA cup final in 1986. His game prospered in 1987/88, 3rd place in the vote for Footballer of the year. A perfect workhorse for the more glitzy talents of Barnes and Beardsley, though he could conjure up magic on his own.
McMahon left for Manchester City in November 1991 for a fee of nine hundred thousand pounds and he remained at Maine Road until he was tempted away by an offer to become the player-manager of Swindon Town in 1994. Although unable to save Town from a second successive relegation, he did steer them to the semi-final stage of the League cup, where they were defeated by Bolton Wanderers. Swindon won the Division Two title in 1996 but the manager left the club ‘by mutual consent’ after a dreadful start to the 1998-99 season, losing 5 of the opening 9 matches.
In January 2000 Steve signed an 18-month contract to manage Blackpool and that contract was later extended. Halfway through the 2003-04 season he tendered his resignation but then bizarrely interrupted the press-conference that had been arranged to announce his departure and claimed that he had withdrawn his resignation following communication with his chairman. He did eventually resign for real just before the end of the 2003-04 season.
Steve became the manager of Perth Glory F.C. in Australia early in January 2005 but that job lasted less than a year. Since then like so many other former Liverpool players, he has got involved in what can be called ‘media and punditry work’ including working for the ESPN Star Sports channel.
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