INTERVIEW | Earl’s Return

Earl Davis says it was ‘amazing’ to be back at Southport for Liam Watson’s 500th game in charge of the club.

The former central defender was one of the ex-players who returned to celebrate Watson’s milestone match.

Davis made 259 appearances for the Port over three periods between 2003 and 2012, winning the Conference North title twice under Watson’s guidance and forming a special bond with the fans.

“It’s always amazing to come back and it has been great to see everyone,” he said.

“To be honest, I stitched myself up a bit by turning up late to my own Q&A before the game, but it was a good day!”

Davis had nothing but praise for what his former manager has done and achieved in the game.

He added: “Liam has a knack for getting lads together as a team, his man management is just amazing.

“I can’t even put into words what he has done personally for me, he’s just been unbelievable and I can’t speak highly enough of him for what he has done for the club.”

The 36-year-old admits he is pleased that Watson has reached 500 games but was uncertain whether he would make it.

“I didn’t think that it would come because I thought that he may retire from management, but I was the happiest man around when I saw he was back involved in football, especially with Southport.”

“Going from what I saw against Brackley and speaking to people, it sounds like he’s doing a top job and he’s loving the game again.”

Whilst Davis enjoyed his day back at the Pure Stadium as a spectator, he wishes he could be back out on the pitch.

“I’ve not really missed football but coming back here and seeing the pitch looking amazing on a sunny day, there is nothing better. I would’ve loved to be back out there.”

Written by Amos Wynn

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