Over Rated – Janos Kovacs
I remember standing at the back of the Stacey West stand one cold night, which they all seemed to be whenever Jackson was the manager, singing something like ‘His name is Janos, Janos Kovacs, and he is mental, and he is mad, he’s the greatest, central defender, Lincoln have ever had.’ I lied.
He was a nice bloke, let’s get that straight shall we. Janos was approachable, friendly and eager to talk. It was just that after McCombe, McCauley and Futcher, we needed someone who could defend and in my opinion, Kovacs was a poor imitation of those three, even Futcher.
Sure, he was eager and he was big, but he wasn’t as dominant in the air as Paul Morgan had been at three inches shorter. The Hungarian wasn’t the quickest either and although he weighed in with a few goals I always felt there was more. I like the idea of Janos Kovacs, but the reality wasn’t the same.
Some will mention him fondly now, those people might not be remembering with the clarity that I believe I do.