People will remember how you felt about them. The true measure of someone’s impact is the legacy you leave behind, no matter how long it lasts.
Gerard Hollier passed on that wisdom to his assistant, Bill Thompson, when he was manager Liverpool, After he passed away on Sunday night, a heartfelt tribute will be paid to a football revolutionary who, he put it very simply – to the game.
This year has already robbed us so much, and now it is one of the most brilliant minds you can find with an innovator, a master tactic, a most wonderful soul.
Hoole advised on the rejuvenation of French football, the modernization of Liverpool and the development strategy of the Red Bull ownership. The best youth policies around Europe are informed by his comments, which he will openly share.
Hoole lived to guide emerging talents and to pay tribute to Ashley Young, Michael Owen, Memphis Debay and Jamie Carragher – just a select few – talk to it.
He was also concerned about the progress of women’s football, as will be witnessed by Behimot Lyon and OL Rein.
Paris won the Hoole titles with Saint-Germain and Lyon, a big part of the brain’s confidence, which brought France back to the pinnacle of the game, bringing five big silver medals to his five full seasons at Liverpool, returning to the Champions League, but finishing second in the club’s top flight. Paint.
As Thompson put it, Hollier “took them back from the first pages to the back pages. One of the best training grounds in Europe we were once again the perfect football club. ”
Melwood was transformed, with a greater focus on nutrition and sports science, transformed with a culture.
He brought in the greatest player in the history of the club, Steven Gerrard. He told former Liverpool captain Houlier that the miracle of Istanbul would not have happened without the experience of winning the UEFA Cup in 2001.
J ஜூrgen Klopp often cites the influence of his predecessors as part of the Mercedes’ story of the re-conquest of Europe and England. Hollier told former chairman David Moores that the club was “dragging its feet in the 21st century”.
Even the open heart surgery he underwent in October 2001 after a half-time illness at Anfield during a match against Leeds could not prevent him from accomplishing what he considered a call rather than a job. He was ordered to heal for a year, but was back in the garden five months later.
Hoole admits that he was lucky to live because of the rapid diagnosis, lack of transportation to reach the hospital and the surgeon did not stay away as he had originally planned.
Because of that, he was told to simplify football. “I’ll stop breathing,” Holier replied.
So, he continued to serve the game until his final. However, the sticking element was not his devotion to support, but how it was carried out: genuine care, effort and accessibility and great kindness.
Hoole has set aside time for everyone he can. He will respond to messages, gladly provide insight and engage in long calls to talk about a player or strategy or get what you want despite the stacked schedule.
Hoole was genuinely interested in how you were and what you thought. He liked to ask questions just as much as he wanted to be detailed in answering questions. Football should always be shared, thought about, and be a common experience.
It is not surprising that they are man-centered when the reflections flood.
People will remember how you felt about them. Holier’s legacy lives on as one of the best minds and final men in football.