Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has spoken of his pleasure at seeing former Academy coach and Reds’ winger Steve Heighway return to the club to on a voluntary basis to coach the under-9 side.
Academy director Alex Inglethorpe has offered Heighway the return after the 66 year old left the club in 2007 when Rafa Benitez wanted to overhaul the youth development system at the club.
Liverpool greats like Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen and Steve McManaman have all praised Heighway in the past, crediting him with playing a key role in their early development as footballers.
Anfield legends in the form of Gerrard himself, Jamie Carragher, Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and Michael Owen all had their development monitored and nurtured by Heighway during their tender years and the current captain is delighted to see him back and feels he should never have been relieved of his duties.
“Steve Heighway should never have left. That’s what I can’t understand at clubs,”
“The managers change so often – there are not many Wengers or Fergusons – but the structure of the academies should stay the same whoever the manager is of the first team.
“The manager shouldn’t have the power to change things every two or three years. Roy Hodgson, for example, could have turned the academy around here at Liverpool in six months and then left.
“The kids wouldn’t know whether they were coming or going. I don’t know what the right structure is but we need to find it and then keep it in place for the next 50 years so that the kids come through. And that should be the same at national level.”