Liverpool have sacked manager Kenny Dalglish after the club finished eighth in the Premier League this season. The lack of results in the Premier League was the main reason for his departure according to the club’s website.
A statement on the Liverpool’s official site read:
Fenway Sports Group (FSG) and Liverpool Football Club announced that Kenny Dalglish is to leave his post today as Manager after having his contract terminated. After a careful and deliberative review of the season, the Club came to the decision that a change was appropriate. It is not a decision that was reached lightly or hastily. The search for a new Manager will begin immediately.
Principal owner John Henry was full of praise for the departing manager and said:
“Kenny will always be more than a championship winning manager, more than a championship winning star player. He is in many ways the heart and soul of the club. He personifies everything that is good about Liverpool Football Club. He has always put the Club and its supporters first. Kenny will always be a part of the family at Anfield. Our job now is to identify and recruit the right person to take this Club forward and build on the strong foundations put in place during the last 18 months.”
Liverpool Chairman Tom Werner told the club’s official site:
“Kenny came into the Club as Manager at our request at a time when Liverpool Football Club really needed him. He didn’t ask to be Manager; he was asked to assume the role. He did so because he knew the Club needed him. He did more than anyone else to stabilize Liverpool over the past year-and-a-half and to get us once again looking forward. We owe him a great debt of gratitude. However, results in the Premier League have been disappointing and we believe to build on the progress that has already been made, we need to make a change. We are committed to delivering success for our supporters and our ambition remains resolute to return this great Club to the elite of England and Europe, where it belongs.”
Was sacking King Kenny the right decision?
Yes, sacking Kenny Dalglish was the correct decision. The Liverpool owners have backed Dalglish a lot this season and have given him & his staff all the freedom in the world to buy players to make the team better and also boost their chances of competing for a Champions League spot and maybe even the title in the future. The Reds spent almost 110m on new signings since Dalglish took over in January last year and their failure to perform especially Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing, put Dalglish under a lot of pressure.
Even though Dalglish ended the club’s seven-season-run without a trophy by winning the Carling Cup on penalties against Cardiff City in March this year, expectations from both the owners and the supporters were much higher at the start of the season than just winning the League Cup and making the finals of the FA Cup. The Reds haven’t at all lived upto the expectations of the fans and the owners this season.
Dalglish second spell at the club hasn’t been successful at all as compared to his first one. Once the initial excitement about ‘King Kenny’ returning was over the focus turned towards the results on the field and Dalglish wasn’t able to retain the support.
The decision of the Liverpool owners to sack Kenny Dalglish – who is a club legend and is highly respected & worshiped by the Liverpool fans – shows serious intent about getting the club back into contention for the Premier League title. The talent gap between the top clubs like Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool continues to be an issue, but perhaps a new manager will help improve the performance of the current stars and which maybe will attract high profile transfers in the near future.
After all is said, I feel a change was need at Anfield. Dalglish was given a fair chance to build his own squad and achieve success but that didn’t happen. Despite a poor campaign, the Liverpool job should generate fair amount of interest as its still one of the most high profile jobs in English football and any manager would be lucky to have it.
The owners should move on concentrate on finding the right person to change the tings and take the club forward in the right direction. Dalglish wasn’t able to handle it and that’s why the owners thought it was right to terminate his contract.