Liverpool sack Dalglish

2012-05-16 17:39

Liverpool - Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish was sacked as manager of the club on Wednesday in a dramatic move by the club's owners following a disappointing English 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 in eighth spot.

The Merseyside club's American owners the Fenway Sports Group (FSG) had given Dalglish more than £100m 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 their 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."

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.

Although Dalglish ended Liverpool's six-year trophy drought this season with victory in the League Cup, they were comfortably beaten by Chelsea in the FA Cup final earlier this month.

Liverpool lifted the gloom with a 4-1 win over Chelsea in their final home game of the season, but a 14th loss against Swansea in their last game of the campaign on Sunday was the last straw.

The defeat against the newly promoted Swans, whose squad cost a fraction of Liverpool's to assemble, left Liverpool in eighth -- their worst finish for 18 years, with their lowest points tally since 1953/54.

Dalglish had flown to the United States on Sunday to present his end-of-season review to principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner, who had only last month given the Liverpool legend his backing.

Indeed, Dalglish's position seemed to have been strengthened when French director of football Damien Comolli abruptly left the club on April 12, having apparently taken the blame for Liverpool's poor results.

However the failure of the FSG to issue a swift statement in support of Dalglish prompted speculation his days may be numbered.

British media reports have already linked several younger up-and-coming managers to the vacancy at Anfield, with Wigan's Roberto Martinez, Swansea's Brendan Rodgers and Norwich's Paul Lambert all mentioned as possible candidates to succeed Dalglish.


  • Melusi - 2012-05-16 17:47


      Gunner - 2012-05-17 07:02

      It's actually sad to see Kenny walking alone...

  • Robert - 2012-05-16 18:04

    viva saurez.. down with the racist evra ... sorry kenny , it was not to be.. ynwa !!

      malcolm.molver - 2012-05-16 18:25

      You're not so bright are you? Suarez was the one who racially abused another player! Idiot

      aadil.esack - 2012-05-17 08:47

      No Malcolm, it is obviously you who are not so bright

  • Frank - 2012-05-16 18:47

    No worries kenny,you`ll always be a legend at L.F.C .He still won us a trophy after all,but i guess the powers that be didn`t think it was quite enough.

  • Daniel - 2012-05-16 18:47

    Ha ha. Remember the cheers for the return of king kenny?

      aadil.esack - 2012-05-17 08:49

      There will ALWAYS be cheers for the King from us Kopites, whether he is there or not

  • Mark Milligan - 2012-05-16 18:50

    Sad to see him go. Just a bit nervous to see who takes his place.

      chadjason.wilson - 2012-05-16 18:55

      Why don't they go for PDV.....

      mandell.reitz1 - 2012-05-16 22:11

      Looks like Roberto martinez and Rafa benitez is the frontrunners according to english papers,but I personally think it should be someone like Jose mourhino or Pep gaurdiola...would be a nice challenge to them to restore LFC to the their rightful place(in the top4) where they belong!!!!

      Bob - 2012-05-17 08:04

      Mark, agree very sad to see him go, I think he should have had one more season, anyways that's football, I want to see Martinez there, defo not Benitez, people forget too easily about his strange team selections, never playing the same side, no emotion.

  • Poloyatonki - 2012-05-16 18:55

    You will always walk alone..

      Ricky - 2012-05-16 19:53

      you must be a man-united supporter what did you win this season

      Selwyn - 2012-05-16 20:57

      YNWA Yon Never Win Again!!!!!!!

  • Jim - 2012-05-16 19:15

    Dalgleish used to be good, but not now, you could see he really had no idea what to do. Get a young Manager, fed up seeing all these has beens (Dalgleish, Mcleish, Ericsson etc) managing clubs. Even Fergie should step down - no fresh thinking coming out of him...

  • Dhirshan - 2012-05-16 19:25

    They should hire that korean coach 'Win-one soon'. ynwa - you'll never win again.

      Sharmilen Naidoo - 2012-05-16 20:28

      Yeah Dhirshan you right!! Where is Aidyboy...he's got a direct line with Win One Soon!

      aadil.esack - 2012-05-17 08:46

      believe Utd are in for him, since they won NOTHING this season

      aadil.esack - 2012-05-17 09:00

      Utd fans are also saying YNWA this season, i.e. you never won anything !

      Gerald - 2012-05-17 11:25

      Adillisack You are a complete idiot. Man United did win silverware this season even if it was only the Charity Shield

      aadil.esack - 2012-05-17 11:44

      Lol maybeistink, we are talking about the 5 competitions utd played in, not a charity match

  • Dhirshan - 2012-05-16 19:27

    They should hire that korean coach 'Win-one soon'. ynwa - you'll never win again.

  • Byron - 2012-05-16 19:47

    But the Loserpool supporters thought he was their saviour even when they ended 8th in the league! King Kenny this & King Kenny is going to do that! Can't argue with them, can we, they know it all?

      bbooyse - 2012-05-16 20:06

      Dude, you're being a douchebag

      Sharmilen Naidoo - 2012-05-16 20:25

      Well said Byron!!! We got no silverware to show but at least we got our Manager....who's worth more than that tea pot.....some said it's our worst season....funny the Glazers have more brains than money! Took Fergie 4 years to win his first trophy...26 years later he's still there and they compare this crap KD to him. There's a new circus in town....LFC!!! When will LFC win the season...when will LFC win the season....boring!!

      Bob - 2012-05-17 08:09

      Byron and Sharmy, stick to the your local crap league, you know nothing about the toughest league in the world, you just talk utter crap, no true Liverpool supporter ever said KK can turn the team around in one season, he did wonders in his short time there, ah whats the point, never educate scum utd supporters like you lot.

      aadil.esack - 2012-05-17 08:45

      correction, King Kenny is the savior, some people are just too stupid to realise it !

      aadil.esack - 2012-05-17 08:52

      Sharmilen, "crap KD" - you are obviously of the Sky Sports generation - the man has won 8 titles with LFC, and was the last manager to bring the title to L4. Hell, he took Blackburn & made them league champions within 2 season ! The man has lifted the European Cup 3 times, something fergie is still trying to achieve after 25 years at Utd, and will not retire until he does You know nothing about the King, so rather keep queit & show a little respect

      Gerald - 2012-05-17 11:29

      Adillysack R.I.P Kenny The king is dead No job at least Fergie has one and the faith of Man Utd Liverpool evidently ha sno faith in Kenny

      aadil.esack - 2012-05-17 11:45

      no maybeistink, the new yank owner's may not have faith in Kenny, but millions of Kopites around the world ALWAYS will

      Byron - 2012-05-17 17:26

      The European Cup was relatively easy in the days when Liverpool won it: Check how they won their 1st two, Gheez! whose these teams? 1977 1st Round - Crusaders 2-0, 5-0 (7-0) 2nd Round - Tabzonspor 0-1, 3-0 (3-1) Quarter-Final - St Etienne 0-1, 3-1 (3-2) Semi-Final - FC Zurich 3-1, 3-0 (6-1) Final - Borussia Moenchengladbach 3-1 WINNERS 1978 2nd Round - Dynamo Dresden 5-1, 1-2 (6-3) Quarter-Final - Benfica 2-1, 4-1 (6-2) Semi-Final - Borussia Moenchengladbach 1-2, 3-0 (4-2) Final - Bruges 1-0 WINNERS To win the Champions League these days is an achievement!

  • bbooyse - 2012-05-16 19:52

    I'm not happy how the season ended, but they could at least have given him another season. Anyway, thanks for everything Kenny. You're still the King of the Kop.

  • Lynda - 2012-05-16 20:03

    Shame Kenny I think you are unlucky, Suarez to me has been the disappointment and you did win some silver for the club.........good luck for the future

      Bob - 2012-05-17 08:13

      Nice quote Lynda, it wasn't just Suarez that let him down, Downing and Adam were supposed to be seasoned professionals, they more than anyone let the club down, agreed, good luck for the future KD you will always be a legend at the greatest club in the world LFC.

  • ismail.lunat.35 - 2012-05-16 21:04

    Fabio Capello??

      Bob - 2012-05-17 08:14

      NEVER, Martinez I hope

  • neo.khemisi - 2012-05-16 23:29

    This KD he going down with our points,shame him he just on the receiving end kos most of EPL club are nw own by foreign who wants success yesterday no meta bt jah thy should hire young manager who gonna have stid fast in dressing room

  • aadil.esack - 2012-05-17 08:44

    Devastating for LFC ! That's the problem these days, people are not given a chance ! It took Fergie 7 years to win the league, and despite their own fans wanting him out at the time, Utd stuck by him - saying it was a good decision is an understatement .... When these new owners came in, they gave the King a contract & he said it would take time, to which they agreed - in his 1st season, he bought some youngster's, as we were not yet back in the CL & which top class player would want to join us ? Not everyone is a Saurez. Some like Downing & Adam have flopped, but some like Andy Caroll & Henderson are now showing their worth, whereas Suarez, Ballamy, Enrique & Coates have proven to be good signings - but it was their FIRST season together. We ended up 8th in the league due to many points dropped, but how many bad performances were there versus good ones, even when we didn't end up with 3 points ? Can count the bad ones on 1 hand We had not been to Wembley in 16 years - the King took us back THREE times in his 1st season ! We won a trophy after 6 years, and are back in Europa at least The long term project was something many Kopites including myself had faith in .... these new owners admitted they knew NOTHING about football when they bought the club last year, and now they get rid of the 1 man still living who knows & understands LFC better than anyone on the planet ? DUMB ! Only 1 option in my books, and that's Rafa ...

  • aadil.esack - 2012-05-17 08:58

    Let me lastly say this, i'm a die-hard Kopite & my wife a staunch Utd fan, so we have agreed to be "neutral" in terms of our little one - when watching SS Blitz last night for the official news, Kenny's pic comes up - my little one screams "King Kenny !" I explain to her he is no longer there, and she is somehwat confused - anyway, subject dropped, and she carries on playing - after about an hour, while playing, I hear her tell her Mum, just out of the blue, "they are gonna miss him ne' ?" My wife asks who, and she says "King Kenny". My wife asks who will miss him, and she says "Liverpool" THIS from a 3 year old ... pity these idiot yanks can't understand it. The least they could do to redeem themselves is hire Rafa ! Kenny, THANK YOU ! Some won't understand that, but you will NEVER walk alone & will ALWAYS be the KING at L4 !

      Bob - 2012-05-17 09:39

      Well said aadil, sounds to me like you have a budding Liverpool supporter on your hands, most of the true Liverpool supporters will be gutted by the decision to axe Kenny, he should have been given at least one more season, I'm sure the mood at LFC is one of great sadness today, sorry I don't share your belief that Rafa is the man, I never enjoyed his strange team choices and lack of emotion, however I agree he plotted the downfall of many strong sides during his career at LFC, he would possibly be the fastest route to get us back into Champions League football, obviously thats what the new owners and of course the supporters want, however, I would sign Martinez on a three year contract, he has built a very attractive team with good results in a short time, with the better players we have and some money to play with this man might be the one to lead us on, continue with the programme started by KK that will see LFC back to greatness, and yes KK will always be an absolute Legend at LFC.

  • Sharmilen - 2012-05-18 12:40

    How can no brainer LFC supporters be educating others??? Go Martinez....join LFC and see your Managerial career take a slide...or should I say a THUMP!!! After winning the League Cup you would think the LFC owners would have confidence in giving him a longer stint at the club....but I said there's a new circus in town..LFC!! Good luck for next season....wonder what excuses you lot will have...oh wait the players don't understand Martinez cos he speaks Italian. Start challenging the likes of Utd, City, Arsenal and Chelsea and then the meantime go play with the likes of Swansea, Norwich, WBA. Let's hear know nothing about football...blah,blah,blah..stick to PSL..blah,..blah!!

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