Could we see Frank Rijkaard and Gérard Houllier at Crawley Town?

Frank Rijkaard
Frank Rijkaard

New head coach Harry Kewell hinted that some of his famous former managers may make an appearance at the Checkatrade.com this season.

During his playing career, Kewell played under the likes of David O'Leary, Gérard Houllier, Rafa Benitez, George Graham and Frank Rijkaard at Leeds, Liverpool and Galatasaray.

Harry Kewell at Crawley Town this week

Harry Kewell at Crawley Town this week

But surprisingly none of these big names inspired him to be a coach, but they did have a big influence on him. And Kewell said he may invite a couple of over during the season.

He told us this week: "The main people for me, you are looking at Gérard Houllier, Frank Rijkaard, George Graham, Terry Venables, Guus Hiddink - they were big influences.

"But not one of them sat down and said 'do you think about coaching at any stage of your career'. They knew that I loved football. So I concentrated on that.

"I never saw myself as a coach until I finished. I don’t think you can be a player and a coach at the same time because they’re just too hard."

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez was Kewell's amanger at Liverpool. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez was Kewell's amanger at Liverpool. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

And has he been in contact with any of them for advice since his first senior job as a head coach?

He said: "I have spoken to Frank [Rijkaard, his manager at Galatasaray] just briefly, I got on so well with him and the way he sees football is phenomenal. I would love to get him over here and I might offer him the chance to come over and see.

"I think Rafa may be busy but George and Gerard might come across, you never know."

But Kewell added: "I feel confident in what I want to do.I feel I have players who are willing to learn and that’s what what you need.You need players who are willing to learn and step up and take my information and execute it.

Terry Venables

Terry Venables

"It’s not arrogance, trust me, because I know what this job entails and the pressures it comes with, but I understand pressure, I enjoy pressure."

"Maybe I am just fearless at the moment and maybe it’s going to hit me like a brick wall and people are going to maybe laugh but I’m ready for the challenge and I will take the challenge head on."

Guus Hiddink managed Australia

Guus Hiddink managed Australia