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Souness – I turned down both Cantona and Schmeichel

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Graeme Souness admits to turning down the chance to sign both Eric Cantona and Peter Schmeichel while he was the manager at Liverpool.

Graeme Souness is renowned for making some rather different calls when it comes to his punditry work on Sky Sports.

But apparently he did not avert to making those odd calls when he was a manger either.

Even if Souness is only proving to us years later what a terrible manager he was, he at least gets an “A” for honesty.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, the Scotsman who managed Liverpool between 1991 and 1994.

He was a glorious player for the club, but his spell as manager was considerably less successful.

As he admits a couple of huge mistakes, its clear to see why he struggled so much.

He said:

“We had played Auxerre at home [in November 1991] and Michel Platini came to see me.”

“He said he had a player – a problem boy but a proper player.”

” Cantona.”

” I said the last thing I needed was another problem player.”

His excuse:

“I had 30-pluses that I was trying to get out so I didn’t need more hassle.”

” I said I was looking for something else. I said no thanks.”

Then there was the legendary keeper Peter Schmeichel who even offered to pay his own way to get a chance at Liverpool.

He added:

“Schmeichel wrote to me when I was at Liverpool in the early 1990s.”

“Ron Yeats came into my office and told me there was a young Danish goalkeeper who was a Liverpool fan and was willing to pay his own travel and hotel in exchange for some time with us.”

Another cracking excuse for the now Sky Sports pundit.

“But at the time I was trying to ease Brucey Grobbelaar out and that was proving a hassle.”

” And I think I had just signed David James. So I thought I could do without it.”

Cantona who was too much trouble and Peter Schmeichel who was rejected for David James were two of the most influential players in the history of the Premier League.

Great call Graeme Souness, in those two decisions you may well have orchestrated at least a decade of misery on Merseyside.