Feature by Kevin Smith
Updated Saturday, 17th January 2004
Former defender Phil Thompson was appointed caretaker manager for half a season in 2001/02 and therefore deserves a place in our archive.
Phil Thompson's successful playing career under Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley gave him an appreciation of the bootroom philosophy that was needed when Roy Evans stood down from his joint manager job, allowing Gerard Houllier total control over team affairs.
Since his return Thompson has instilled a discipline lacking on previous seasons and has been a tremendous assistant to the Frenchman.
During the 2001/02 season Thompson proved his abilities even further, standing in as caretaker manager when Houllier suffered heart problems. He steered the club through a tough Champions League campaign and maintained their challenge for the Premiership and won high acclaim from the media.