Where are they now? George Green is in Norway

Monday 18 September 2017  5 Comments  [Jump to last]
George Green was called "the new Gazza". Now he is with Viking in Norway to save his career.

Arlid Andersen sent us this link to a nice story on George Green in Norway today. He plays for Viking in Stavanger on the West coast, traditionally one of the best clubs in Norway with a lot of trophies, but they now struggle and look set for relegation from the Norwegian Premier League for the first time in over 20 years.

At Viking, Green is reunited with their manager Ian Burchill, once his youth coach at Bradford. Green speaks openly about how he "lost" it at young age, didn't train, thought he was better than the rest of the team at Everton, and gives general good advice to others touted as "the next...(insert preferred player)".

He is also open about how he has suffered from depression following his failure to meet expectations. Good to see that he has matured and still tries to get a career, although less glamourous, in football.

» Read the full article at Dagbldet [in Norwegian]


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Dick Fearon
1 Posted 18/09/2017 at 00:09:25
Good luck, George, I hope you make it. Your story reminds me of another young Everton would-be super star who followed the same downward path.

Harry Catterick himself visited the family of this 16-year-old trying to get him to knuckle down and stop missing training.

1st Division club Wolves then 2nd Division Bolton knew of his talent and gave him a second and third chance. As with Everton he kept missing training with the result of him having the world knocking on his door playing kick-abouts on local parks.

I could have wept!

Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 19/09/2017 at 00:21:24
Who was he, George, a relation?
Gerry Morrison
4 Posted 21/09/2017 at 02:32:38
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8jVPnA506c
George in his Everton days.
Phill Thompson
5 Posted 21/09/2017 at 16:02:14
Good luck to him. You would like to believe that under Unsy and others this couldn't happen today, ie, any "attitude" problems would be picked up early and dealt with.

Having said that, Green was only a couple of years ago and I guess it could happen to any youngster if not handled right.

I've wondered in the past if Ryan Ledson had some issues at the club. About 2 years ago he was dropped by England and us, came back, went on loan but eventually chose to leave to go to Oxford.

Dave Abrahams
6 Posted 21/09/2017 at 20:45:01
Phill (#5), don't know if Ryan had any problems with Everton, my take was he had a decent offer to stay with us but was ambitious and wanted to play first team football rather than plod along with the U23s.

He took a chance on going to Oxford and he has done pretty well there. I still expect him to play in the Premier League in the future, he certainly had the ability, maybe he has gone the wrong way about getting there, only time will tell.

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