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WALES and Liverpool striking legend Ian Rush (pictured right yesterday with TNS players) has been giving Saints a helping hand in their preparations for the Uefa Cup.
A man who knows all about scoring goals at the highest level and a non-executive director of TNS, Rushie is helping Saints' strikers sharpen up ahead of their games with Manchester City.
Interviewed on Sky Sports, manager Ken McKenna said: "It's great for the lads to see a new face and a different method of coaching.
"Ian Rush is coaching Liverpool and he's kindly offered to come and give us a few pointers.
Ian Rush says: "This is a big game for TNS - they're even talking about it now and it's still a few weeks away.
"They're looking forward to it and I just hope they do themselves justice on the day."
Saints have the honour of playing the first-ever competitive match at the new City of Manchester Stadium, which staged last year's Commonwealth Games.
But it's the second leg at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium which has really caught the imagination.
"Says McKenna: "Playing at the Millennium Stadium will be fantastic. It's our own national stadium and we wouldn't normally get the opportunity to play there. We're all looking forward to it and I'm sure the players will be really proud going out on that pitch."
There's nothing that Rush, the man from Liverpool, would like more than to help TNS pull off a European shock against a team from Manchester.
"They know this is like two cup finals for them," he said.
"I think they know they're not going to win but they've got to try and make the score look respectable.
"And if they can do that after the first game, it would be great to go into the second leg with a slight advantage."

Left: Saints' players look attentive and pensive as they prepare for Manchester City.

1 August 2021