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    GLORY!

    One man made that happen, looks like he had about 5 chances to score and got there with a couple

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    Well... Liverpool wasn't playing Barcelona... if they were, Harry Bow would have scored 6 goals

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    GLORY!

    One man made that happen, looks like he had about 5 chances to score and got there with a couple
    You okay mark?

    Think you night need to go to Specsavers...

    Unfortunate for Now, how many more chances will he have for further glory?

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    So it couldn't have been closer. Arsenal took the title on goal difference. And a difference of just 6 goals. +36 beat +30.
    Liverpool were very unlucky. But they would look back on saw poor results earlier in the season which, had they have gone differently, would have meant they retained their title.
    The 1-1 draw away at Doncaster in September, the 1-1 away to now relegated Newcastle in November, the 1-1 with now relegated Norwich in January.
    It just goes to show that you have to be right on your game all the time, if you want to be crowned Champions.
    But, Liverpool had given it their all, they had given it a good go and but for a few goals, they would have been Champions again.

    And they got to the position that they did in no small part, thanks to the exploits of one Harry Bow.

    25 league goals in 30 league matches. He ran away with the Top Scorer award. No one got near him. His nearest challenger was Newcastle's Dean Joyce who got 16.

    But if you add in the fact that Bow also scored 9 domestic cup goals in just 8 games and 9 European goals in 12 games, he ended up scoring a mind boggling 43 goals in just 50 matches in the season.
    And this coming from a man who had turned 32 half way through the season was an amazing feat. An absolutely outstanding feat.



    There had been talk of him slowing down. There was talk that he would need to be carried through games. There was talk of retirement.
    But Bow had carried his team. Bow had been accelerating in terms of stats and there looked like retirement was a very long way off yet.
    He was hungry to come back next season and try and be a part of the Liverpool squad that wrestled the title back from Arsenal.

    Before that though, Harry Bow was hungry for international silverware. The Confederations Cup would be coming up in August and England and Bow had previous in it. They had won the tournament outright in 2023 and had finished in third place in the last installment in 2025.
    Harry was looking to at least make the Final again but there was a but. And it was a pretty big but and it came in the form of the England manager Joe Terry and his stubborn rigidness in employing a sweeper in his formation.

    Harry quickly took himself and his family off for a rest at the conclusion of the league season. He knew with the Confederations on the horizon, he wouldn't be getting much of a break over the summer. Before that as well there was a sole European Championships qualifier to get through as well so the chance to get away was just what the doctor ordered to try and rejuvenate and recharge the batteries.

    He was given special dispensation to fly directly into Georgia three days before the match and meet up with the rest of the squad there.
    And when he got there he was happy to see the lads that he had missed when he missed the last England game injured.

    It was great to be back in the fold. It was great to pull on the England shirt again, it wasn't great to see Neil Rutherford lining up as a sweeper once again.
    It was not going to be easy though. Georgia were joint top of the group going into the match, and with Georgia at home, it could all go wrong and they could be battling for a playoff place at best.
    If Turkey won their game against Moldova, they could go above England as well so a win was imperative.

    Harry led the team out wearing the captains armband knowing that the team certainly had the quality but would they have the luck.



    Georgia lined up in a pretty attacking looking 4-4-1-1 so England knew there would be spaces for them to play in. Weaknesses for them to exploit and they did but couldn't capitalise.
    The home team however did. In their first attack just before the half hour and with their first shot, Georgia scored.
    England kept on knocking at the door. Chances were passed up. England just didn't look right in the formation that they were being asked to play in.

    Then to make matters even worse, Turkey scored. For England it wasn't working, but for their rivals in the group. It had worked well. They were now very much playing catch up in a group that on paper, they should cruise through.

    Not the preparation for the Confederations Cup that they really wanted.


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    Why do we always have some clowns managing England in this story

    Did wonder if Harry would start to decline at some point but clearly not. Seems as good as ever! Is that his best season in terms of goal return? I know it's been a long story but I don't remember him scoring over 40 before!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    Is that his best season in terms of goal return? I know it's been a long story but I don't remember him scoring over 40 before!
    It is indeed the best goal return of his career to date, 43 goals in 50 games.
    He only just beat his own personal record though.

    He hit 42 in 54 in his 4th year at Juventus and got 42 in 56 in his first season at Real Madrid.

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    It was now just over 50 days until England were back in action again when they would start their Confederations Cup campaign against Columbia.

    A lot would happen in between. Harry would have a break from football but not football awards ceremonies as he was unsurprisingly named in the Premier Division Select XI for the season.
    He followed that up by being named World Footballer of the Year for the third year in a row and taking his tally in total to 5. And he had won them with 4 different clubs as well.

    He was also in attendance when the European best awards were handed out but surprisingly he did not pick up any further awards as European Footballer of the year went to Jesus Delgado and Striker of the Year went to Oscar Infante. Harry came third and teammate Damien Diarra was the runner up spot in that one though.
    He did top off his season though by being named Liverpool Supporters Player of the Year.


    Then it was off on holiday with the family to completely rest and recharge although he wasn't able to do that too much as he was constantly worried about England. Not so much the Confederations Cup but the Euro Qualifiers that would follow after the new season had begun. England were in such a precarious position now that they might not even qualify. Harry, knowing it might be one of the last tournaments he plays in, was rightly worried.

    He was just 5 days into his holiday when he received a very interesting phone call and was summoned back to England

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    About time I got something right, great stuff in getting a personal best so late on in his career!

    Surely Harry is not moving on again? Or is it a management opportunity?!

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    Still interested in this mysterious call, maybe an invitation to a certain club for a country on an island from a certain distance from the certain placed Great Yarmouth

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    As he made his way to the airport, he received a text telling him to log into his email account and details of where he needed to go would be there.
    He did so and found an address.

    30 Gloucester Place, London. It followed a time to be there which was a little of 24 hours later.

    He had no idea what he would be walking into, why he had been summoned or by who.
    He didn't sleep much on the plane, he didn't sleep much after he'd landed back in London and booked himself into a hotel.

    He played over who it could be that wanted or needed him. His mind immediately went to England. He had had absolutely no faith in the England manager, Joe Terry. Harry assumed that the FA had decided to dispense of his services and as England captain, Harry had to be informed to be kept in the loop.

    He couldn't see what other reason he would need to be pulled out of his summer holiday other than that. Even then he figured it was something he could have dealt with on the phone.
    But unfazed and unworried, the next morning he made his way from his hotel to the address he had been given. He arrived at 10:45am, ahead of the 11am scheduled meeting. As he got to the front door of the very palatial building he saw something that confused him.


    His mindset was that he was there to talk about the national team and this completely threw him. He was at a loss as to what the Premier League would want with him? Or the EFL for that matter?

    He stepped in the door and introduced himself to the lady on the reception. She obviously knew who he was already but was very professional in instructing him to take a seat and advised him that someone would be with him soon.

    11am, the time of his appointment, came and went. 11:15, 11:30 and finally at 11:40am, Harry heard a buzz from the receptionists telephone on her desk and he heard her state that he was in fact still here. A couple of minutes later, footsteps could be heard walking down the corridor to his right and as Harry looked up, the figure came into sight.
    It was a face Harry knew. It was Liverpool Chairman, Andy Fisher.

    "Oh, Hi Sir." started Harry as he stood and shook his hand. "I genuinely have no idea what I'm doing here. Do you know?"
    The chairman shook his hand and all he said in reply was "Follow me."

    His voice was stern. No time for pleasantries, it was all about business and what he was obviously there for. The problem was Harry still didn't know what that was.

    Harry followed him to the lift and they both got in.

    "Can you tell me what's going on?" Harry asked.
    He was met by stony silence as Fisher just looked at the numbers changing to indicate what floor they were on. As they reached three, they got out. Fisher led the way with Bow following and they entered a room at the end of the corridor.

    Inside the room was Jose Suarez, Liverpool's Managing Director.
    So Harry now knew what he was there for was definitely club related.
    Thoughts buzzed round his head. Had another club made a bid for him on the back of his 40 goal haul the season before. He wondered who it might be. It could be said that he had unfinished business with former clubs Real Madrid and Juventus. Could it be rivals of those clubs, Barcelona or Napoli? Could it be the new powerhouses on the block, Cordoba, who were reigning European Cup Champions? Would he even want to leave anyway? What would another move do for the family dynamic?

    His mind was running away with him. He had to shake it off and get back in the room. Fisher had sat down next to Suarez. He poured all three a glass of water.
    "Harry." he said. "Sorry for the cloak and dagger but we don't want any of this getting out until it has to. Long story short. Holloway has gone. Retired."

    Harry was in shock. Ian Holloway had stepped down from his role as manager of Liverpool Football Club and gone into immediate retirement at the age of 64.


    "We are presuming that you know your Liverpool history and the fact that until Holloway's win 2 seasons ago, just after you joined us, the last time Liverpool had won the league was in the 1989-90 season. A certain Kenny Dalglish was in charge. A man so ingrained in the DNA of this club that he has a stand named after him.
    We are looking to go down that route again.

    What route? thought Harry. Getting Sir Kenny back in? He must be about 80 by now?



    The chairman looked at Harry. He could tell he looked confused.
    "I'm not looking to bring in Dalglish himself. I'm looking to bring in someone of that ilk. Someone to do what he did."

    It still wasn't sinking in for Bow. Ok, he thought. So who are they thinking of getting in? Jurgen Klopp from Villa, Pep Guardiola of Barcelona, Marco Pezzaiuoli of Juventus, Laurent Blanc of France. There was all manner of options they could go for.

    Fisher looked at Suarez and rolled his eyes.

    "OK Harry. It looks as though I am going to have to spell it out.
    Holloway has gone. We had a very successful period in the history of the club from 1985 when Kenny Dalgish took over. We want someone to do the same.
    What we are getting at is, Kenny came in as a player manager.
    We realise the role of player manager is almost extinct these days due to all Premier League managers being required to hold a UEFA Pro Licence. As a minimum, managers have to hold the B Licence and need to be working towards their A licence within three years of being appointed. This is a huge commitment which few active players are able to make just due to the number of hours it takes to complete all the theory and practical work.
    Now we know you have done all your coaching badges already. We also know that you have absolutely no interest of hanging up your boots as yet.

    We appreciate the workload of most managers now is so great, in terms of overseeing training and fitness sessions, dealing with contracts, transfers and agents, handling all the media pressures and scouting the opposition. You could say it's almost impossible to find the time to train and play as a player manager.
    None the less, we would like you to try.

    So, in short, and to sum up.
    We would like to offer you the position of player/manager of Liverpool Football Club."

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    Harry is a bit thick. Pretty obvious why he was there !
    Surprised at Liverpool going for a player manager rather than someone with experience.
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    Harry was in shock.

    He was in no way expecting those to be the words that he heard when he arrived at that building today.
    He had no idea that Holloway had been looking to step down. No idea that he was looking to step away from football and that he was done in the game.


    But more importantly, he had absolutely no idea that Liverpool would even consider him to take up the position. No idea that they saw him as a relevant candidate. A candidate whether relevant or not.
    He had always imagined that he would need to take a job in the lower divisions as his first appointment, so he could learn the ropes, pay his dues as it were, progress up the leagues before making the top flight.
    Never in his wildest dreams did he think he would be asked to take the reins at one of the biggest clubs in the country, if not the world. A side that had won the Premier League two seasons before and only missed out on retaining the title in the season just finished on goal difference.

    Liverpool were a club that always went for the best. Always went for the option that would get them on top or keep them on top.

    He had a huge decision to make. Did he think he was up to the task of taking on such a huge club? A huge job. Did he want to go into management so early? Before his playing career was even over? And if he did take the job, would he effectively just retiring himself? Could he do both?
    And what about the players? Could he go from friend in the changing room to manager, would he be able to tell players that he was currently a teammate of that they hadn't made a match day squad or even worse tell them that they may not have a future at the club and would be sold?

    And what if it all went wrong? What would that do for his reputation? Would he be able to recover from it and get another big job? Would he go back to just being a player if that time came before he called it a day?
    Not to mention what this would mean for his England career. There was a Confederations Cup tournament starting in less than a month and of course the Euros to qualify for. He was the England captain after all.
    So much to think about?


    They sat and talked through all the ins and outs of what might happen if Harry took the job. He was assured his wage would not drop. He would stay on the same wage for the remainder of this contract. They talked about transfer budget. They talked about philosophy and how they wanted Liverpool to play and converesly Harry talked about his vision for how he would want his teams to play.

    It was an interesting discussion. When they had concluded their talks, Andy Fisher just came right out and asked the question.

    "So, what do you think? You up for it?

    "Well. I'm going to have to think about it." began Harry.
    "Yes!!"



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    I can't help but feel it's too soon...! Hope I'm wrong, but felt as though he needs to finish his career first then learn the ropes!

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    I've decided that, as Harry is moving into a slightly different stage of life than the all out footballer he started as, I'm going to end on this part of the story and call it a Part 1 of sorts.

    Harry will be back in a 'Part 2' at some stage in the near future.

    But a massive thank you to any and all of you that have dipped in and had a read of Mr Bow's exploits over the last EIGHT REAL LIFE YEARS.

    Thank you for the 200,000 views of the story and it's certainly not a goodbye to Harry but an Au Revoir.


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    Interesting! Shame to see Part 1 come to an end, sounds like he is not playing on the pitch anymore?

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    Doing the two part scheme

    Congrats on the 8 years, been a hella read. Hope the second part can be too

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    My thoughts right now are that it might be an epic trilogy.

    Part 1: Player
    Part 2: Player/Manager
    Part 3: Manager

    But I have not played ahead in the save so Part 2 could be very short so we'll see what happens!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebfatz View Post
    My thoughts right now are that it might be an epic trilogy.

    Part 1: Player
    Part 2: Player/Manager
    Part 3: Manager

    But I have not played ahead in the save so Part 2 could be very short so we'll see what happens!
    so 2 or 4 years

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZanSnake View Post
    so 2 or 4 years
    Please God let's hope not. I'd have popped my clogs by then if that's the case!!

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