Tuesday 23 January 2018

o'driscoll marvels at Bournemouth miracle

No one knows just how far Bournemouth have travelled to reach Anfield tonight more than their former manager and player, Sean O'Driscoll.

As he prepared to face his former club, where he played for 11 years and was the manager between 2000 and 2006, O'Driscoll recalled more testing financial times outside what he calls "the Premier League bubble".

"I have many memories of Bournemouth, some you would not believe," said Liverpool's assistant manager.

"I was there 20 years. You name it, I have done it there. When they got promoted, it was fantastic, and there are lots of people there I know - players and staff. As you do, you text people and talk about how it used to be.

"Someone texted me back and said, 'Do you remember Fruit of the Loom?'

"When we had no training kit and we had to go to the market and get 'Fruit of the Loom' kit - you think, 'Oh my gosh'.

"I was the manager then. We were looking how we could save or maximise money, so that was one of the things we decided to do. We thought we won't take that money from the kit deal for the training kit. So that's what we did. Went to the market.

"Rather than go into the boardroom and ask for money we tended to do our own thing to raise money. The players all bought into it. We would be fundraising for new footballs, so did our own team photo shoot. We wanted to do something different because Bournemouth is such a fantastic place, so we got the picture taken on a yacht." © Daily Telegraph, London.

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