Date: 6th October 2006 at 11:51am
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Former Blackburn Rovers manager Graeme Souness is said to be interesting Greek giants Panathinaikos?

The Mirror newspaper is reporting that the former Rovers boss, sacked by Newcastle United last season is being tracked by Panathinaikos who are said to be “desperate” to land the Scotsman having sacked Hans Backe after a disappointing start to the season.

Souness is no stranger to the European management game having spent time with Galatasaray in Turkey for the 1995-1996 season, a short spell in Italy with Torino for the 1997-1998 season and finally a two year stint with Benfica in the Portuguese League between 1997-1999.

He won Galatasaray the Turkish Cup and Turkish Super Cup, and guided Benfica to a runners up sport in the 1997-1998 season but on the whole his time on the continent has not been a huge success, as these clubs demanded, if not expected more than they got, as would Panathinaikos.

With his overseas teams Souness would often sign British talent, several including Barry Venison and Dean Saunders when in Turkey, not all of whom would shine, in fact, all six that he brought over to Benfica, Steve Harkness (later signed again by Souness for Rovers), Gary Charles, Michael Thomas, Mark Pembridge, Dean Saunders and Brian Deane, as well as Scott Minto, who was already with the club before Souness` arrival would be discarded once he was sacked.

The newspaper also says that the man who is currently working as a pundit on Sky Sports, and has been doing so for some time has not been short of offers since leaving St James’ Park.

I’m sure that Souness would give it his all should he be offered, and indeed accept the challenge so I’d wish him well but I’m not sure he’d succeed? One thing that I would expect to see though would again several names, British and European that he’d previously worked with be line up to follow him…

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9 Replies to “Souness to go Greek?”

  • Well best of luck to Souness over in Greece, I hope that Panathinaikos do not have any good young players for him to fall out with and sell

  • Any good players full stop to fall out with him! Cross Souness and you cross the exit sign as a player at that club little, or no times after.

  • Well no-one would touch him over here, Its a funny shout with Souey, after all he did (help)get us promoted, Pip Everton into Europe and win a trophy.
    Even with all this I was so glad to see him stolen by Newcastle!

  • Souness only jumped b4 he was pushed by Blackburn, he’s a good coach but lacks something as a manager. Dosn’t think of the club when he falls out with a player, which is guarenteed

  • I’d agree with both govtpros and Clint with the points you make. A manager has to be in charge but personal feeling harm the club, and ultimately the manager if things don’t play out right as a result.

  • well one thing ive noticed over the years of his managing career is every club he goes to has a really bad dip at some point when he manages them

  • It happens with most Managers doesn’t it, its just the way they cope with it, on the whole Souness hasn’t delt with the dips very well!

  • Some of his buys were a bit too dodgy too and add that to the players he sells, ie Dunn, who admittly was overweight but under the rite manager it would only have taken a while in training to get back

  • I can’t recall many managers, Rovers of otherwise that have made as many dodgy signings as Souness has over they years with teams? He’s done it everywhere hasn’t he, and Rovers were no exception.

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