Ian Rush is undoubtedly a living legend, albeit as a playing striker of some note. He was an inaugural inductee into the FA Premier League Hall of Fame, won the European Cup in 1984, the title 5 times during the eighties, the FA Cup three times, the League Cup five times, was PFA Youth player of the Year in 1983, the PFA Player of the Year in 1984, and a European Golden Boot winner with an incredible 48 goals in 1984.
His playing career took him all over the world and included an infamous spell in Italy and a not so famous one in Australia. By the time his career was over, he had played for eight clubs scoring over 250 goals at a career average of one goal every two games. He certainly knew how to play the game, the question was ‘could this quiet Welsh legend manage successfully within the game?'
He set about it the right way, taking his UEFA coaching badges, whilst working with an array of top coaches. He initially ran his own soccer schools, took Wales U17s on their best spell and even spent 18 months coaching at Liverpool's Melwood. His entry into the managerial side of the game however came as a shock to many as, on the 30th August 2004, he became Chester City's new manager following Mark Wright's dismissal. He started his coaching career at the same club be began playing for in 1979.
He is currently working with the Welsh football youth teams.