I hailed from the tiny country of Singapore in Southeast Asia. My mother, born in Merseyside, and my father, a Singaporean Chinese, both moved back to England when I was young as my mother had expressed a desire to return to her homeland. Gradually, I started getting into football and supported the local professional club, Liverpool. They were my inspiration and I loved all the players there. They were just so great, and I aspired to be like one of them one day. Unfortunately, I never had the footballing skills I needed to make it on the big stage, occasionally just playing in the local Sunday League. However, I soon developed further interest in management and creating tactics and formations.
When the time was right, I started to pursue a footballing-related career in a non-playing role. Eventually, I managed to impress the higher powers at Liverpool and I was offered a contract as a youth coach at the club. Usually only the manager and the players in the first team, and a handful of the more talented Reserve players, were recgonised by the media and the fans. No one knew much about the coaches, the staff, supporting the club from the back stage. However, I loved my job as the club's youth coach and remained in that capacity for five years.
It wasn't long before Liverpool went through a turbulent period; Liverpool, my club, my one love, managed to miss out on Champions' League football for successive seasons. I wanted to help, do something, to help the club regain it's former glory. My determination was noticed by the Liverpool board, and after Kenny Dalglish left the club after his short-term managerial contract was over, I was appointed the new manager of Liverpool on a 2-year contract. My appointment shocked the media and the fans who were expecting Reds legend Dalglish to stay on as manager, and understandably many were appalled by Thomas Werner's decision.
But I am going to prove to everyone, the fans, the media, that Werner has made the right choice. I am Glenn Tham, and this is my story to become one of Europe's most successful managers.
→ This post was edited by Glenn T (2012-07-03 08:54, 11 months ago)