What the papers said about. . .Ray Illingworth
Sunday 13 March 1994
'Illy, a throwback to the days when England were a major power, has swept away the old school tie to land the pounds 65,000-a-year job. The tough Tyke flew in to London from his winter retreat in Malaga after beating current tour manager Mike Smith in a straight vote between two men whose lifestyle is as different as chalk and cheese.' Mirror
'Suntanned and wearing an open- necked shirt - almost unheard of at such cricketing ceremonial occasions - he spelled out his plans to restore England's battered reputation.' Mail
'There seems little need for future team managers. If Keith Fletcher's lugs were burnin' out in the West Indies yesterday, it were nowt to do wi't Caribbean sun.' Sun
'When boats have to be rocked, he will rock them - to Fletcher's discomfort, if need be . . . Predictably and erroneously, the contest had
been represented as 'blunt Yorkshireman' against 'Oxbridge man', which does neither party much
'As Ted Dexter might have put it, the planetary aspects turned out to be in Ray Illingworth's favour . . . Popular opinion has never had it so good: El Tel as England's football manager, now Illy taking charge of the cricket. Expect the Queen
Mother to be named as the new leader of the Conservative Party.' Guardian
'Illingworth possessed a remarkable memory for batsmen's weaknesses and could probably talk each of his 2,000-odd victims through the circumstances of his dismissal.' Telegraph
'Illy's Ray of hope . . . he can Tyke us back to top.' Star
'My plan to build it all round Hick . . . I believe Graeme Hick could be vital to the immediate future of English cricket. I have always thought he has the talent to be a Test-class offspinner, as well as a top-flight batsman.' Illingworth, writing exclusively in the Express
Latest in Sport
England vs Japan: Watch the moment Laura Bassett's own goal saw England knocked out of the 2015 Women's World Cup
Bastian Schweinsteiger to Manchester United: Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola hints midfielder will be leaving the club this summer
Morgan Schneiderlin to Manchester United: Transfer news live - Robin van Persie to leave, Saints and Tottenham battle for Toby Alderweireld
Wojciech Szczesny was 'lied to' by Arsene Wenger over future after £11m transfer of Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech
Ron Dennis exclusive: ‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’
- 1 David Cameron refers to 83-year-old Labour MP Dennis Skinner as 'Jurassic Park'
- 3 'Help me I'm trapped in a factory' messages keep being found on bottles of vitamin water
- 4 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 5 Alwaleed bin Talal: Saudi Prince to donate entire $32bn fortune to charity
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
£15000 - £16500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you've got first class custo...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is a great opportunity to join a medium s...
£11830 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Working in a friendly, sales ta...
£15000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the UK's leading web des...