By Tim Treacy
Kenny Dalglish has left Liverpool Football Club after just 16 months in charge by having his contract terminated by LFC.
Dalglish’s departure follows hot on the heels of the departures of Damien Camoli and former Head of Communications for Liverpool FC, Ian Cotton. Liverpool football club now has three major positions to fill this summer but foremost on fans minds will be the question of just who will become the new Liverpool manager.
Dalglish is a Liverpool legend, both as a player and a manager. He is the clubs greatest ever player and one of its greatest ever managers. He leaves Liverpool after winning the league cup and making it to the FA Cup final in his first full season as Liverpool manager since his return.
It was however Liverpool’s retched league form that has been his demise. Liverpool’s 8th place league finish is the clubs worst finish since 1954, having scored just 47 and conceding 40 goals, with 14 losses, 10 draws, and 14 wins, Liverpool ended up with 52 points, only 16 more than relegated Bolton, and some 37 points behind Champions Manchester City.
Dalglish is a firm fan favorite, and the news of his departure will leave many fans with a heavy heart. Liverpool FC will now move on, and the job will begin immediately of finding his replacement.
FSG have a history of appointing young, hungry managers, eager to prove themselves and starving for a chance to succeed. They’ve done so all their other sporting ventures by appointing people to positions that fill this requirement. It is then with no surprise that Liverpool are rumored to already be looking at Roberto Martinez, André Villas-Boas, Frank Rijkaard, Paul Lambert, and Brendan Rogers, all who fit into FSG’s philosophy. Fabio Capello, and Rafa Benitez will also be considered and Steve Clark could also be a surprising appointment. Other unlikely candidates that we will hear mentioned of are Jose Mourinho, and Pep Guardiola but I don’t expect either to take the role.
Whatever does happen in the coming weeks, FSG have shown that they are strong owners. They had the metal to sack Dalglish and risk the wrath of the fans by doing so. FSG have a clear vision of where they want LFC to be, and the same fans who had such faith in them a year ago, need to continue to have faith and believe in the work that FSG are doing at Liverpool. Dalglish is gone.
Kenny Dalglish stepped up to the plate at a time when Liverpool were on the brink of disaster just some 18 months ago. He took them from the brink to stability and he will always remain in the hearts of Liverpool fans. It is a sad day for Kenny, for Liverpool Football Club, and for its fans — but a line will be drawn under today’s events and the club will Walk On. Let’s just hope FSG steer Liverpool in the right direction.
Read the full statement from Liverpool Football club here.