I first worked with Rod in 2000 when he started work at Manchester United. He was a bright and good natured person with a great sense of humour, so I knew he should have no problems fitting into the set up at Carrington. The players found him to be an asset to the club in a time of great success for the team.
As his skills developed as a masseur an opportunity came available with the national team and as a captain, I didn’t hesitate to put his name forward to Sven Goran Ericsson.
I worked with Rod at Man Utd until I left in 2003 and continued to work with him with the national team until my retirement from international football.
All this tme Rod’s attitude never changed, he is a hard working and friendly person, who has a positive effect on everyone around him.
Manchester United have an asset in Rod Thornley and I know for fact that he will be hugely missed by all that work with him at The FA, and he will be very difficult to replace.
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