Thursday, 22 March 2012

TWINTERVIEW: Liam Enver-Marum

A hugely valuable trait in any manager is the ability to bring the best out of a player who has struggled to shine at previous clubs, becoming something of a forgotten man despite boasting obvious talent. Ebbsfleet United boss Liam Daish is one such manager and Liam Enver-Marum is one such player.

The Irish-born striker certainly knows his way around Conference Premier, having spent time at Cambridge United, Woking, Eastbourne Borough, Crawley Town, Hayes & Yeading and Forest Green Rovers before moving to Stonebridge Road in summer 2011. Enver-Marum's physical prowess and striking instinct have never been in question, although his nomadic footballing journey seemed to be lacking direction until Daish brought him to north Kent.

Enver-Marum shone in pre-season and his form was rewarded with a place in the starting XI against York City on the opening day of the new campaign, keeping Calum Willock - last season's top scorer - on the bench. The pair now have 32 goals between them, with Willock - another of the Conference's forgotten men - continuing to flourish under Daish's tutelage.

As passionate on his Twitter page as he is on the pitch, I felt sure Enver-Marum would be a worthy twinterviewee. I wasn't wrong...

What's your earliest memory of football?

My earliest memory of football would be my dad taking down me the local park with my brother and teaching us basic technique haha.

You're from a footballing family then?

Yeah, my dad was a youngster at Fulham. Apparently he was an ugly centre half, which I can believe haha.

Who were your heroes growing up?

Ultimate hero is Eric Cantona. But I also loved [Thierry] Henry.

What's the best pre-game food?

I normally eat chicken and pasta.

Can't go wrong with that. Who's your favourite football commentator, past or present?

I would have to say Clive Tyldesley because of his legendary commentating during the Manchester United v Bayern Munich European Cup final [in 1999].

Who are the best players you've played with and against?

Best player I've played with will have to be Les Ferdinand. And players against will be Arturo Lupoli and Alex Song.

When did you play with Sir Les?

In a Reading reserve game. Not great but can still say I've played with him haha.

You seem really settled at Ebbsfleet. What's been different there compared with your previous clubs?

Well, to be honest, it's the happiest I've been in my career to date. I think the only difference is I've been given a real chance to show what I can do and the gaffer really believes in me. That makes it that bit easier to perform well.

All the players speak highly of Liam Daish. What is it that makes him such a good manager to work for?

He tells you how it is, whether you're doing well or not so well. He gives you confidence to play your best and knows how to man manage.

Messi's just broken the Barca scoring record. Should we be talking about him as the greatest player ever now?

Until he wins a World Cup single-handedly, he's not the greatest player ever in my eyes. BUT a close second.

Are we talking Pele or Maradona? It's true that the little man's never really reproduced his club form for Argentina.

Maradona. Yeah, Messi needs to do for Argentina what he does for Barca before he's the best ever.

You occasionally tweet famous quotes or mantras. Are you a bit of a philosopher on the side?

Hahaha NO I just appreciate a good quote, they make me feel good.

Three team-mate questions: who's the best trainer, who's the smartest and who's the biggest moaner?

Best trainer would be Joe Howe, smartest is Cesc [Giannoulis Fakinos], biggest moaner is by far Stoney [Craig Stone].

Would you like to play abroad one day?

I was nearly going to Malta before I signed for Ebbsfleet. I would love to play for Besiktas in Turkey one day.

Interesting stuff. I grew up watching Woking so saw you play a fair bit there. How do you look back on your time at Kingfield?

I have mixed emotions when I think back on my time at Woking. Let's just say I would do things a lot different if I could turn back time.

We've seen lots of 'Pray For Muamba' messages this week. Do you believe in the power of prayer?

I believe that God is in control of everything and if you pray enough for something he'll hear you.

Best game you've played in?

Eastbourne v Oxford two years ago. We had to win on the last day of the season to stay up and we scored a penalty in the 90th minute. Great feeling.

NOTE: Ebbsfleet were relegated on the same day despite winning 4-3 at Tamworth.

Finally, you've got one tweet to tell the world about Ebbsfleet United. Go...

The Fleet are a tight-knit club with great fans and management. The players are more like a family than colleagues and deserve more success.

You can follow @LIAM_E_M on Twitter

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