Evans: Henry changed English game

Former Liverpool boss Roy Evans hails the influence of Thierry Henry and the ability of John Barnes as we quiz him about his sporting heroes.


Who was your sporting hero as a boy?

As a boy, it was Roger Hunt. When I first started going to Liverpool he was a great goalscorer. But I suppose the whole of that 1965/66 title-winning side.

I joined the club in '64 and I was a supporter. They were just a great bunch of lads. I don't think they made a great deal of money, certainly not compared with today, but they were a great team to watch.

Who was the most talented player you have ever worked with?

There have been so many, and it would be easy to say Kenny Dalglish who is a club legend. But in terms of pure talent and technique I would say John Barnes.  His ability on the ball was just amazing.

It depends on the position, though. Jan Molby wasn't the most mobile in terms of getting around the pitch but his reading of the game was fantastic.

We had defenders like Alan Hansen. I've just been very lucky to work with so many players. Rush, Fowler, Owen, McManaman... but for pure excitement, John Barnes.

What player that has graced the Barclays Premier League in the past 20 years stands out for you and why?

 Maybe he wasn't necessarily the best player, but somebody I really enjoyed watching was Thierry Henry. He was outstanding when he came to Arsenal, and helped to change the way the game is played in this country.

His positioning was so unusual, spending a lot of time on the left but scoring all those goals, and his combination of speed, skill and strength was fantastic.

 Outside of football, who do you most admire and why?

I do like golf, and I really admire some of the older players like Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.

Of the modern-day players, I think Lee Westwood is fantastic. He had a spell where he lost his way, so to get back to where he is today is brilliant. I just wish he could get that major championship that he deserves.

Roy Evans was speaking to Yahoo!'s 'The Dugout' through its partnership with the League Managers Association

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