Give Dalglish time - Evans

2012-04-04 15:40

London - Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans has called on critics to give under-fire Reds coach Kenny Dalglish more time to complete his rebuilding job at Anfield.

Dalglish's side have lost six of their last seven league matches and currently lie in eighth place, 16 points off the top four and 34 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United.

It is the club's worst run since 1953 and it has been suggested by some that Liverpool legend Dalglish's struggles show he will be unable to recapture his former glories in his second spell in charge.

However, Evans - who managed Liverpool between 1994 and 1998 and also served as a member of Dalglish's backroom staff in the 1980s - is confident the Scot is still capable of bringing sustained success back to a club who won their last English league title under his leadership in 1990.

To back his belief in Dalglish, Evans points to Liverpool's League Cup final triumph against Cardiff and their progress to face Everton in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley later this month.

"You have to be positive. You have to stick together in times like this, from the players, to the manager, the backroom staff and the supporters," Evans told

"It is always a difficult time when you go through periods like this as a manager. Especially as, being manager of a club like Liverpool, you know what it means to the fans. They are suffering at the moment, and having a hard time of it.

"And they have every right to be critical. That is part of being a fan. But at the end of the day, Liverpool still have a chance of winning the FA Cup, to go alongside the League Cup.

"Kenny is not stupid, he knows that his team have not performed to their capabilities of late.

"The league position is not what anyone at the club wants it to be, make no mistake, but my message to the supporters would be to stick together, and try to stay behind the team for the rest of the season.

"Because the team, the players, the manager, they need fans' support at times like this."


  • Sky - 2012-04-04 16:18

    The Reds only won the League Cup on penalties - they should've taken Cardiff apart before it even got to that point. Dalglish's days are numbered - I understand the needed revamp but he's bought shocking players to fill the gaps. Adam was great at Blackpool and Carroll was on fire at Newcastle, however at the time they were both mediocre teams, those players shone because no one else did - put them in a Red's shirt and things change - the pressure is much more and they have better quality players around them - Henderson and Downing are examples of this as well. I'm sorry but they need to start chopping heads at Anfield and break the bank this next transfer market. King Kenny, I say goodbye to you sir.

      Bob - 2012-04-04 16:45

      Sky, you are obviously not a long time LFC supporter, the famous words of the the club "YOU WILL NEVER WALK ALONE" actually mean something, now more than ever we must support our club, it's players and maybe most importantly our manager, he has transformed this team in a very short time, the glory days are in sight for the first time in nearly twenty years, players that look good at mediocre sides usually excel when they join a better side, yes I agree they have performed below our expectations, and yes I would expect some activity in the transfer market at the end of the season, we are LFC not a mercenary club like Chelsea or Man City where we are bought by some stinking rich Arab or Oil billionaire that supplies endless amounts of cash to buy the worlds greatest players, we are traditional and will succeed the Liverpool way, build a great side with confidence and a pride when they pull the Liverpool shirt, we have knocked both Manchester clubs out of cups this season with our "poor" team, we have rarely been the second best side in any match we have played, notably Spurs outplayed us, our main problem has been in front of goal, evrybody not just Carroll, Suarez has been as guilty as anyone, Downing has played below his potential, have faith, their form will improve and we might just be celebrating an FA cup by the end of the season.

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-04 19:45

      But Bob I have been a longtime 'Pool supporter and dammit my patience is wearing thin! I sometimes feel that should be playing Sterling to give about of width that Downing is failing to do.

  • Byron - 2012-04-04 17:30

    In the land of the blind, the one eyed is king!

  • russel.lunt - 2012-04-04 22:02

    "If you can't support us when we lose or draw, don't support us when we win." - Bill Shankly. YNWA.

      Bob - 2012-04-05 12:15

      Russel, exactly, it would have been hard to predict this slump thirty or even twenty years ago, LFC in a slump for twenty years ? never, not possible, but it happened, personally I belive it started with the appointment of a certain Graeme Souness as the manager, we went into decline and lost our way under his management and somehow we never recovered YET, the glory days will be back, even KK can't make that happen overnight.

  • Sharmilen - 2012-04-05 14:17

    Nice one Byron...see you are on a roll again!!!

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