The ABC reports that Kenny Dalglish has been sacked as manager of Liverpool Football Club. King Kenny, as he is known on the Kop and widely amongst Liverpool fans, seems to have fallen on his sword as a result of Liverpool finishing 8th in the Premier League.
The decision seems very harsh as Liverpool did manage to win their first silverware in six years under Dalglish's leadership and were the beaten finalists in the FA Cup. But as has been proven by the power of TV, only two competitions count for the top clubs these days, the Premier League and the European Champions League. By finishing so low in the first Liverpool once again did not qualify for the second. But is changing the manager the answer for a club that had its most success when it had stability and stuck with its loyal servants? The decision will not be popular with Liverpool fans.
King Kenny dethroned as Liverpool boss
PostedPhoto: Dalglish has paid the price for Liverpool's eighth-placed finish in the Premier League. (Getty Images: Clive Brunskill)
Kenny Dalglish has been sacked as manager of Liverpool in a dramatic move by the club's owners following a disappointing Premier League campaign.
The 61-year-old Scot, who had returned for a second stint as manager at Anfield in January last year, paid the price for a dismal season which saw Liverpool finish 37 points behind champions Manchester City.
The Merseyside club's American owners the Fenway Sports Group (FSG) had given Dalglish more than 100 million pounds to spend in the transfer market since he took over from the sacked Roy Hodgson in 2011.
But expensive signings such as Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam have largely flopped, with Liverpool's eighth place finish its worst season-ending position for nearly two decades.
“Fenway Sports Group and Liverpool Football Club announce that Kenny Dalglish is to leave his post today as manager after having his contract terminated,” a joint statement said.
“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.”
Liverpool legend Dalglish said in a statement he was “honoured and privileged” to have been given the opportunity to manage the club for a second time.
“I greatly appreciate the work that Steve (Clarke), Kevin (Keen), the players and all of the staff put in during my time and feel proud that we delivered the club's first trophy in six years, winning the (League) Cup, and came close to a second trophy in the FA Cup final,” he said.
“Of course I am disappointed with results in the league but I would not have swapped the League Cup win for anything as I know how much it meant to our fans and the club to be back winning trophies.
“I said when first approached about coming back as manager that I would always be of help if I can at any time and that offer remains the same.
“Finally, I want to put on record my heartfelt gratitude to Liverpool's fans, who have always given me and the club their unwavering support.
“Without them neither the club nor I would have achieved anything.”
Dalglish remains an iconic figure amongst Liverpool's supporters following an association with the club that straddles five decades.
He was a key figure in the club's 1970s and 1980s glory years, a spell that saw him win eight league titles as player and manager between 1979 and 1990, as well as three European Cups in 1978, 1981 and 1984.
Dalglish is also revered for leading Liverpool through the dark days following the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, attending many of the funerals of the 96 fans who perished in the tragedy, including four in one day.
But his second spell at Anfield was less harmonious, and he suffered a critical mauling for his handling of the Luis Suarez racism affair this season.
Dalglish's steadfast support of the Uruguayan striker, who had been found guilty by an independent FA tribunal of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, was widely perceived as a public relations disaster….More at King Kenny dethroned as Liverpool boss
I agree that Dalglish's handling of the Suarez racism incident was really bad. But if that was the deciding factor, action should have been taken back then and the owners should not have waited to see how the club finished the season. Once again it proves that anything is acceptable in football except failure to bring in the really big bucks.
It is hard to see King Kenny managing a club again. He only came out of retirement because he was asked to after Liverpool were struggling under new England manager Roy Hodgson. I can't see him doing that for any other club, or for Liverpool again after this treatment.
By Max Power
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