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In Men in White Suits Simon Hughes meets some of the most colourful characters to have played for Liverpool Football Club during the 1990s The resulting interviews set against the historical backdrop of both the club and the city deliver a rich portrait of life at Anfield during a decade when on field frustrations were symptomatic of off the field mismanagement and ill discipline After the shock resignation of Dalglish and Graeme Souness's ill fate I really started to take an interest in football around Euro’96 Prior to the tournament Liverpool faced Manchester United in the FA Cup Final with their white suits and spice boy image I had a bit of a soft spot for themThis book was a great nostalgic read whilst also taking a brutally honest look at a team that dominated the decade prior being a shadow of it’s former self

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Ite Armani suits their confident personalities were exemplified in their pre match walk around Wembley before the 1996 FA Cup final a 1 0 defeat to Manchester UnitedIn stark contrast to the media coached on message interviews given by today’s top stars the blunt ribald and sometimes cutting recollections of the footballers featured in Men in White Suits provide a rare insight into this fascinating era in Liverpool’s long and illustrious history Brilliant

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D reign the Reds – under the stewardship of Roy Evans – displayed a breathtaking style led by a supremely talented young group of British players whose names featured as regularly on the front pages of the tabloids as they did on the back The Daily Mail was the first newspaper to tag Evans’s team as the Spice Boys Yet despite their flaws this was a rare group of individuals mavericks playboys goal scorers and luckless defenders Wearing off wh I grew up supporting Liverpool FC and do to this day I remember the highs of the eighties and the lows of the nineties This candid and frank collection of interviews with both players and managers delves into the reasons behind Liverpools gradual decline in English football in the nineties Its a turthful behind the scenes diagnosis and autopsy on a Liverpool side who failed to be the dominant force that they were in the Eighties From player ego's mis managment and an unwillingness to modernise this bares it all and is well worth a read if you have read the first insalment The Red Machine There is also a third book entitled Ring of Fire which i shall also be reading A very good read and pute to bed some of the myths associated with 'The Spice Boys'


6 thoughts on “Men in White Suits

  1. says:

    I really started to take an interest in football around Euro’96 Prior to the tournament Liverpool faced Manchester United in the FA Cup Final with their white suits and spice boy image I had a bit of a soft spot for themThis book was a great nostalgic read whilst also taking a brutally honest look at a team that dominated the decade prior being a shadow of it’s former self


  2. says:

    I grew up supporting Liverpool FC and do to this day I remember the highs of the eighties and the lows of the nineties This candid and frank collection of interviews with both players and managers delves into the reasons behind Liverpools gradual decline in English football in the nineties Its a turthful behind the scenes diagnosis and autopsy on a Liverpool side who failed to be the dominant force that they were in the Eighties From player ego's mis managment and an unwillingness to modernise this bares it all and is well worth a read if you have read the first insalment The Red Machine There is also a third book entitled Ring of Fire which i shall also be reading A very good read and pute to bed some of the myths associated with 'The Spice Boys'


  3. says:

    Brilliant


  4. says:

    Men in White Suits has a strong spine but the fringe chapters don't contribute enough to make this a champion readThe central narrative of Liverpool FC in the 1990s is laid brutally bare by Hughes' book told through the individual accounts of players and managers during that fateful decade Held back by a misguided loyalty to the traditional 'Liverpool Way' and blind or resistant or both to new commercial opportunities and developments in sports science LFC fell far from their famous perch at the pinnacle of English and sometimes European football The trauma of Hillsborough must be factored into this of course It is understandable that minds were distracted from what must have seemed like trivial developments set against the enormity of what happened on April 15th 1989 Whatever the reasons it is striking how consistently the players looking back now can identify what went wrong The odd inheritance from Dalglish of talented but raw and successful but ageing players Souness' peremptory attempts to change too much too uickly The reliance on old methods and training tools just as English football was being opened up to European philosophies and ideasJohn Scales evaluation of the club on his arrival is brutal I won't repeat it here but I will uote the author's description His assessment has the effect of a truncheon cracking an antiue into a thousand piecesHughes really gets the then younger players to engage with the 'Spice Boys' tag that dogged them for years and was used as a byword for why Fowler Redknapp James et al were not dedicated focused or sober enough to return the league trophy for Anfield Jason McAteer is the least convincing in these chapters His argument that the Man United players partied as hard as Liverpool but escaped media criticism because they were winning everything in sight is so frustrating in its naivety While otherwise admitting their mistakes McAteer and the rest ask why the older players did not intervene pointing to another culture shift which Liverpool missed For the best part of three decades the 'senior players' at LFC had run the team as much as the management; setting standards of effort and stamping out misbehaviourGraeme Souness who comes out very well from Men in White Suits for his honest and excuse free apologies for the mistakes he made concurs As does Roy Evans his successor In their very different ways both expected the senior players to take on the traditional role And again in different ways both lost their jobs because times had changed My issue with Men in the White Suits is that too many chapters essentially tell the same story of Liverpool's on field and off field demise while others chapters Nick Tanner Erik Meijer are interesting but are profile pieces rather than insights into the club at the time Overall well worth a read


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    There was so much right about our team and so much wrong It encapsulated everything coming so close to being successful but feeling a million miles away3rd April 1996 Liverpool would beat Newcastle 4 3 on one of the most dramatic premier league nights at Anfield only to lose against Coventry a week later and thus virtually ending their title challenge That brutally sums up 90s Liverpool the inconsistent flattering to deceive team the start of the steep decline of what once was the home of Europe's finest the era of the infamous Spice Boys This is an essential read to understand what went wrong how much it mattered to the people who played a part during those years


  6. says:

    Thought it was even better than the 80s one Some great insight from the lights and lesser lights of the 90s Anfield dressing room