Green hoping to put former hero Sheringham to the sword

Danny Green
Danny Green

Hatters winger Danny Green is hoping to get one over one his former heroes in Teddy Sheringham this afternoon.

The Luton midfielder is a self-confessed Manchester United fan and was cheering on as young boy when Sheringham, now Stevenage boss, scored in the Champions League Final 2-1 win over Bayern Munich in 1999.

“He was one of my heroes when he scored in the Champions League final goal against Bayern Munich.”

Danny Green

Green said: “I was an Essex boy from Manchester! But my dad was Manchester United and my granddad was Man United, so I grew up watching Becks (David Beckham) and (Paul) Scholes and the class of 92, that’s why I started playing football

“Teddy as well, he was one of my heroes when he scored in the Champions League final goal against Bayern Munich, so he’s got a bit of an aura when I go and see him.

“But hopefully I can stick another past him as it’s just a dog eat dog world, we’ll go there full of confidence and hopefully put them to the sword.”

Hatters boss John Still is also looking forward to locking horns with Sheringham, a manager he knows well off the pitch.

He added: “It’s funny as I’m quite friendly with Ted anyway and it’s the first time we’ll have been opposite each other in the dugout.

“Last time I was opposite him, I think we were having a bit of lunch together, so the conversation was a little bit different then.

“But like it is in this game, you come across so many people you’ve had professional relationships with and it’s great.

On taking the step into football management with today’s opponents for Luton, Still added: “I think Teddy was a brave appointment and a good appointment, and that’s just not because I know him. It’s someone who had a standing in the game who wanted to put across his ideas.

“I love to see people that haven’t been managers give it a go and hopefully make it a success as it’s difficult for young managers these days, really difficult.

“So it’s good to see him trying to find another career and you wish them all the best.

“But when you’re competing against people, the faces of the other managers and other teams are cold as I have no feeling towards it, I’m just there to do the best in the game and when it’s all over, normal service is resumed.

“I don’t really look too closely at what’s Ted doing, other than what he’s going to do Saturday. When I talk to him, I wish him all the best, but business is business and you want to win for yourself.

“I respect Ted giving it a go as he had a fantastic career as a player and who knows what he’ll do as a manager, but Saturday’s different.”