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Joe Fagan
Personal information
Full name Joseph Fagan
Date of birth 12 March 1921(1921-03-12)
Place of birth    Liverpool, England
Date of death    30 June 2001 (aged 80)
Place of death    Liverpool, England
Playing position Defender
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Manchester City
Bradford Park Avenue
148 (2)

003 (0)   
Teams managed

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Joe Fagan (12 March 1921 – 30 June 2001) was an English football manager best known for being manager of Liverpool F.C. from 1983 to 1985. He managed the side that won Liverpool's fourth European Cup in 1984. He died in 2001, aged 80.


Joe Fagan's playing career was largely spent at Manchester City for whom he signed in 1938. The outbreak of the Second World War curtailed a meaningful career but he was a member of the side that achieved promotion to the first division in 1946 -1947 season.

Fagan began his managerial career at Nelson in the Lancashire Combination as player-manager, where he led the club to the Championship in his first season in 1952, with the club narrowly missing out on re-election to the Football League. He moved on to become assistant manager at Rochdale in 1954, serving under future Everton manager Harry Catterick, before joining Liverpool as a coach in 1958.

Bill Shankly joined Liverpool as manager in December 1959. Shankly utilised the The Boot Room for a second purpose, a location for coaches meetings. Fagan was a founder member of Shankly's boot room staff along with Reuben Bennett and Bob Paisley.

When Bill Shankly retired as Liverpool manager in 1974, his assistant and then successor Bob Paisley appointed Fagan as his assistant in turn. Following Paisley's retirement in 1983, Fagan finally took over on a two-year contract at the start of the 1983-84 season.

Fagan was particularly notable for buying Jan Mølby, a Danish midfielder who became an outstanding player for Liverpool. Fagan's original two-year contract would have taken him up to the end of the 1984-85 season, and it seemed unlikely that he would extend his contract beyond that date—as he would have been 64 years old.

On 29 May 1985, just hours before the Heysel Stadium disaster, Fagan announced he would retire, and was succeeded by leading Scottish and Liverpool forward Kenny Dalglish. He was also a known motorcar enthusiast.

Career honours

Manager (all with Liverpool)

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Preceded by
Ernst Happel
European Cup Winning Coach
Succeeded by
Giovanni Trapattoni


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