Former legend Defends John Becks New FA Gig

Former QPR, Coventry City, Fulham, AFC Bournemouth and Cambridge Utd midfielder John Beck was a superb footballer – according to Huddersfield Town & Lincoln legend Big Colin Alcide – so it is wrong for the papers to slate his appointment as an FA coach due to his long-ball tactics as a manager. So says legendary Imp Colin Alcide who took him from obscurity  at Emley for £15,000 in December 1995 by Beck in the The Huddersfield Daily Examiner.

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs 

Following his appointment by the FA to a Level 2 and UEFA B coaching role, John has been pigeon-holed by the red tops and broadsheets alike based on stories and tactics from 20 years ago that fly in the face of his superb technique and vision. I saw him as a lad at QPR with my late father  operating within the passing midfield of QPR,  before he moved to Fulham and Bournemouth. Yes he might have make a few shudder at Lincoln but as the first to use icebaths in English football he was ahead of his time.

According to big Colin Alcide.

“The other interesting thing was that while his tactics might have been predominantly long passing, he had fantastic technical ability from his times as a player (with QPR, Coventry, Fulham, Bournemouth and Cambridge). Some of the things he could do were amazing.”

Colin’s full interview in The Huddersfield Daily Examiner is HERE


Posted on October 8, 2013, in Ex Imps, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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