Graeme Souness has managed some of Europe's greats after a glittering playing career.
Souness was a three-time European Cup winner with the dominant Liverpool side of the late 1970s and early 1980s, and was a respected Scotland international who figured in three successive World Cup finals tournaments. Renowned for his tough-tackling in midfield, Graeme had started out as an apprentice with Tottenham in 1968 as a fresh faced 15 year old, before moving to Middlesbrough. As with most of his clubs, he became a hero to the Ayresome Park faithful, playing 176 league games for the club. It was during his time there, that he made his Scottish debut.
Souness the player is best known for his Liverpool days when following his £350,000 transfer in 1978, he went on to win every domestic honour with the club during his 5 year career. From there he left to play in Italy signing for Sampdoria for the sum of £650,000, where he spent 2 years before returning to Scotland, as player/manager with Rangers. He more than made his mark in managerial terms. His time in charge was known as the 'Souness Revolution' as the side began to dominate Scottish football winning the Scottish League Championship in 1986/87, 1988/89 and 1989/90 and the Scottish League Cup in 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1991.
That success did not go unnoticed south of the border by his former club Liverpool, who in April 1991, following the shock resignation of former team-mate Kenny Dalglish, turned to Souness.
His determination shone through when he led his team out for the FA Cup Final beating Sunderland at Wembley.
During his time in charge, Souness developed the likes of Robbie Fowler and Jamie Redknapp. He parted company with Liverpool in January 1994.
He then took a year out of the game, before returning on his own terms – not in England but in Turkey with Galatasaray. He managed the club for one season, and won the Turkish Cup.
Following that experience, he returned to the English game taking over at Southampton.
From there he began the next season at Torino in Italy in 1997. After Torino, Souness managed Benfica – where he took them into the Champions League in his first season as well as leading the side to a second place finish in the league.
Souness returned to the English game in March 2000 to take over First Division club Blackburn Rovers – his brief was simple, take the club back into the top flight - he managed this in his first full season in charge, as Rovers finished runners-up to Fulham in the First Division having seen off the challenge of local rivals Bolton, who were later promoted as play-off champions.
Souness also won the Worthington Cup in Cardiff, in 2002, with Andy Cole scoring the winning goal. It seemed the start of things to come – and the 2002/03 season would prove to be even more successful than ever as they finished in sixth spot and thus took their place in the UEFA Cup.
Souness was then appointed manager of Newcastle United on September 13, 2004. During his time in charge he guided the club to the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup and the FA Cup. He paired two of the best strikers in the game at that time, in his spell in charge with Alan Shearer and Michael Owen.
As a player, Souness also played for Montreal Olympique, Middlesbrough and West Adelaide before joining Liverpool in 1978.