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BOOKER: I OWE MICKY SO MUCH FOR ALBION BREAK

15 November 2017

John Elms
Bob Booker at the Withdean Stadium.

Ahead of their Q&A event at the Amex on Friday, former assistant manager Bob Booker expressed his gratitude towards management partner Micky Adams, for showing the confidence to bring him to the club, some 17 years ago.

Adams was left without an assistant after Alan Cork left for Cardiff City in 2000, but the managerial shake-up didn’t prevent the Seagulls from achieving success, as Booker came in and helped the club win the Division Three championship.

Booker said, “Micky gave me my big break after coming down from being youth team manager at Brentford for six years. I wasn’t expecting that in my wildest dreams, going from youth team to assistant manager.

“For him to offer me the job and believe that I could be the right man to assist him was quite humbling. It was an opportunity I grabbed and we just hit it off from day one.

“We bounced off each other. Yes, we had our moments and had our rows, but at the end of the day we formed a great working relationship and that’s what it’s all about.

“Assisting somebody like Micky, you had to be on your game, because he was passionate and disciplined. You had to stay up with the pace of him.

“I thoroughly enjoyed it, it was a great time and one that I’ll always remember. I got my first promotion as a coach and assistant manager under him, so I owe him so much for giving me the chance.”

Booker, who is now a matchday host in the 1901 Club, has been impressed with Albion’s confident start to their debut Premier League season, and believes the players are quickly getting used to the higher standard of football.

"The Manchester City game was a bit of a culture shock, but when you look back at the game now, it wasn’t that bad [a 2-0 defeat], and this team has really grown in confidence and starting to believe.

“After a few of their results, they’re probably thinking ‘blimey, we’ve won away at West Ham and Swansea’. They’re looking comfortable at this level now.

“Obviously there’s a long way to go and there will be suspensions and injuries, and I’m sure we’ll take a couple of beatings along the way, but at the moment the lads are really taking to the league.

“Chris has got them working hard and playing in a certain way. We’re looking confident at this level and I think the players are growing with that.”

Booker and Adams will be shedding more light on their time together at the club at Friday evening’s Q&A event. Albion Supporters can still buy tickets here.


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