HomeFootballPremier League Legend's Tragic Start to Management Career: Finding Close Pal Dead.

Premier League Legend’s Tragic Start to Management Career: Finding Close Pal Dead.

Date:

Former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips has opened up about the tragic start to his managerial career with South Shields. Phillips, who spent 20 years playing at the top level of English football, joined the seventh-tier club in January 2022 for his first management role. However, just 33 days into the job, he found his close friend Keith Havelock dead. Havelock, a staunch Sunderland supporter who volunteered at the club’s fans’ museum during Phillips’ time playing for the Black Cats, had helped persuade Phillips to join South Shields and even put him up while he looked for somewhere to live in Durham. After failing to get hold of Havelock all day, Phillips went to his house and found him dead. Havelock had cardiomyopathy and his heart had failed. Phillips said that it left a massive hole in his heart and that it took until the summer for him to let it sink in. He added that football was therapeutic and that Keith’s daughter Kelly now attends every South Shields home match to support him in his quest to guide the club to the National League North. South Shields are currently 12 points clear at the top of the Northern Premier League with just five games remaining.

Related articles:

English Football’s Independent Regulator Makes First Appointment

English football’s independent regulator has made its first appointment, with Martyn Henderson joining as interim chief operating officer in January. Henderson has worked as the chief executive at the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) for the past five years. During his time at SGSA, Henderson oversaw the introduction of safe standing at professional clubs across England and Wales. He was also awarded an OBE for managing the safe return of live events following the COVID-19 pandemic, having acted as leader of the government’s Events Research Programme. “I am thrilled to have this...

“West Ham targets forgotten Chelsea star in January transfer window | G3 Football”

West Ham Considering Move for Chelsea's Ian Maatsen in...

Man Utd Outcast in Talks for January Transfer Exit

Galatasaray Reportedly Interested in Signing Donny van de Beek...

Alfreton-Walsall Match Postponed Moments Before Kick-Off | G3 Football

Non-league Alfreton Town's FA Cup second-round tie with Walsall is called off due to a frozen pitch just minutes before kick-off.

Euro 2024 Group Stage Draw: England and Scotland Fate Revealed – G3 Football

Euro 2024 Group Stage Draw: England and Scotland Await...

Latest News:

English Football’s Independent Regulator Makes First Appointment

English football’s independent regulator has made its first appointment, with Martyn Henderson joining as interim chief operating officer in January. Henderson has worked as the chief executive at the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) for the past five years. During his time at SGSA, Henderson oversaw the introduction of safe standing at professional clubs across England and Wales. He was also awarded an OBE for managing the safe return of live events following the COVID-19 pandemic, having acted as leader of the government’s Events Research Programme. “I am thrilled to have this...

“West Ham targets forgotten Chelsea star in January transfer window | G3 Football”

West Ham Considering Move for Chelsea's Ian Maatsen in...

Man Utd Outcast in Talks for January Transfer Exit

Galatasaray Reportedly Interested in Signing Donny van de Beek...

Alfreton-Walsall Match Postponed Moments Before Kick-Off | G3 Football

Non-league Alfreton Town's FA Cup second-round tie with Walsall is called off due to a frozen pitch just minutes before kick-off.

Euro 2024 Group Stage Draw: England and Scotland Fate Revealed – G3 Football

Euro 2024 Group Stage Draw: England and Scotland Await...