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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 March 2007, 14:07 GMT
MPs back Paisley knighthood drive
Bob Paisley
Paisley won thirteen major trophies in nine years in charge at Anfield
A total of 17 MPs have now signed a Commons motion to try to get a posthumous knighthood for former Liverpool manager Bob Paisley.

Labour MP George Howarth tabled the Commons motion for Paisley to receive the award 11 years after his death.

"Bob was the most successful manager in football history and held in great affection," said Howarth.

In nine years in charge, he won six league titles, three European Cups, three League Cups and one Uefa Cup.

More than 25,000 people have signed a petition on the Downing Street website calling for the move.

You only have to look at his record as a manager to realise that he was up there with the best

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher

George Howarth's motion is supported by some Labour colleagues who are Everton supporters.

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson, a key member of Paisley's squad during his final years at the club, said he and his team-mates would back a posthumous honour for their former manager.

"I think it would be fantastic," Lawrenson told the BBC. "He was a brilliant manager. Everyone in the team I played for would be absolutely delighted if this comes about."

Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher has also added his backing for the campaign.

"I was never fortunate enough to play under Bob Paisley, but everyone at Anfield knows what a great manager and a great man he was," said Carragher.

"You only have to look at his record as a manager to realise that he was up there with the best - three European Cups speaks for itself. "

Spurs fans have attempted a similar, but so far unsuccessful, attempt at winning a posthumous knighthood for their legendary former player and manager Bill Nicholson, who died in October 2004.

SEE ALSO
Paisley wins manager accolade
04 Nov 06 |  Football Focus
Football's missing knight
31 Dec 02 |  Tottenham Hotspur


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