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Here are 10 facts you (probably) didn't know about Liverpool's last Irish boss

Find out all about the circumstances behind the rise and somewhat mysterious fall of David Ashworth.

An image of David Ashworth - Liverpool's last Irish manager.
An image of David Ashworth - Liverpool's last Irish manager.
Image: http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/history/past-managers/david-ashworth?CMP=EMCFTBEML853

WITH THE NEWS that Brendan Rodgers seems set to become the new Liverpool manager, we decided to take a look at the record of the last Irishman to become their manager.

So here are 10 facts detailing the rise and subsequent bizarre fall of David Ashworth:

  • David Ashworth was born on January 1 1868, in County Waterford.
  • Ashworth managed Liverpool for three years – between 1919 and 1922.
  • His reign was widely regarded as a success, having lead the club to their third First Division title.
  • In December 1919, he left Stockport and took over from Liverpool caretaker boss George Patterson.
  • When he took over midway through the season, Liverpool had won just two of their opening 11 games, but Ashworth proved a steadying influence, guiding the club to a fourth place finish.
  • Following another fourth place finish the following season, Ashworth helped Liverpool win the title in his third season in charge, as they came a relatively comfortable six points ahead of Tottenham.
  • Despite his success at Liverpool, Ashworth somewhat mysteriously decided to leave the club halfway through the 1922/23 season when they were top of the table in favour of a second spell at relegation strugglers Oldham. It remains unclear why Ashworth chose to make this bizarre move.
  • Oldham were subsequently relegated at the end of the season despite Ashworth’s best efforts, while Liverpool won the title for a second successive time.
  • Ashworth managed Liverpool for 139 games in total, winning 70, drawing 40 and losing 29.
  • He also managed Man City and Walsall with considerably less successful results during his career, in addition to being an Irish football referee.

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