It is a well-known fact that Kenny Dalglish has been keen to bring back the famous Boot Room to Liverpool FC. From the start of his temporary tenure he has always been keen to bring in talented and knowledgeable men but also men that will be well-liked and respected by the players.
With the announcement a couple of days ago that Rodolfo Borrell has been promoted to Reserve Team coach, things really appear to be falling in to place. The turgid, ‘old-school’ set-up that Rafa Benitez was in the process of deconstructing during his time, finally appears to be on it’s last legs and a new, more up-to-date, more modern version of the highly successful Boot Room structure appears to be being put into place with young, hungry talented scholars being drafted in to important positions throughout the coaching side of the club.
With Sammy Lee already well-established – and well-liked by the players and staff – and the introduction of Steve Clarke over the past few months, the base is already there for the first team. Sammy has a successful track record as a top coach with a real ‘hands on’ methodology, getting down and dirty on the training ground with the players. While Steve Clarke is a top-class young (still only 47) coach, with highly successful and notable stint at Chelsea and then West Ham in his recent past. Noted as a very technical and tactically astute coach, the Scot can fill in the gaps where for Kenny there may still be a few cobwebs after years of inactivity.
And with Rodolfo Borrell and Jose Segura heading up both the Reserve Team and Academy, the youth team players’ progress and progression through the ranks would appear to be as secure as it could be. The two highly thought of Spaniards have almost a more glittering past than their manager, given that they’ve both had a hand in starting off the career of the likes of Messi, Gerard Pique, Cesc Fabregas, Bojan Krkic and Giovanni Dos Santos, as well as Liverpool’s own Daniel Pacheco. If these two can’t make the most of Liverpool’s high-tech, expensive Academy facilities and now extensive scouting network, then nobody can. Segura has even shown some future potential as a manager, given his successful – if short – stint as manager of Olympiakos – leading them to a League and Cup double in recent years.