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Were Liverpool right to sack Kenny Dalglish?

Premier League Liverpool have sacked boss Kenny Dalglish.

The Scot’s second spell as boss at the club lasted just under 18 months, as the club struggled to find any sort of form in the league.

The club finished in 8th position four points behind local-rivals Everton.

Inevitable

I wrote an article last week about whether Kenny Dalglish should leave the club or not? I wrote this article because I just thought that it was inevitable that the Scot wouldn’t be the Liverpool manager next season. His exit really hasn’t been a surprise to me.

Announcement

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner released a statement on the clubs official website which read: “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 stabilise 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.”

Terrible

Liverpool’s form in the Premier League has been simply awful. In fact Liverpool endured their worse league campaign since the 1950’s. Some might say that the Reds were unlucky in some games, hitting the woodwork a number of times but in truth the Liverpool players were just not good enough.

The Reds claimed their first silverware in six years in the shape of the Carling Cup and also made it to the FA Cup final. However, those cup achievements couldn’t mask the fact that the club wasn’t moving forward.

Mistake

There is a saying that you should never go back in football and that saying proved very right in this case. Dalglish made the mistake of returning to the club for a second spell in charge, 20 years after his first spell ended.

There has been a lot of changes in the game in the last 20 years and Dalglish seems to have been left behind. I think it was a mistake by the Liverpool owners to appoint Dalglish on a permanent basis.

Signings

Managers live and die by their signings, unfortunately Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool career has been killed off by poor signings. The fact that Dalglish preferred to signed British players has really cost him.

In the eighties and early nineties the English top flight was dominated by British players and foreign players were rare when Dalglish was first in charge of the Reds. Dalglish built a successful team on buying the best British players he could.

In his second spell he tried to repeat the trick. Unfortunately English players no longer prove value for money. The likes of Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson wouldn’t have been anywhere near great Liverpool teams of the past.

I think those signings are a sign of why the club is no longer at the very pinnacle of the English game. Liverpool cannot sign the best players available anymore, but they could have signed foreign players who are far better quality for the same price as they paid for their overrated English players.

Split

There seems to be a split in the Liverpool fans at the moment. There are those fans who know the club wasn’t progressing under the Scot and that the club needed a change. However there are also those Liverpool fans who wanted Dalglish to stay at Anfield.

Most of those who wanted Dalglish to stay at the club was making the decision for sentimental reasons and not for football reasons. Had he been anybody else I don’t think Dalglish would have even lasted as long as he did.

Legend

Kenny Dalglish will always be a legend at Liverpool for what he did in his playing days and in his first spell as manager.

I don’t think many fans will punish him for his short second spell at the club. It’s a shame for Kenny Dalglish’s that his second stint at Anfield as boss didn’t work out, but I think it’s safe to say he will always be a hero to Reds fans.

Were Liverpool right to sack Kenny Dalglish?

Thu 17 May, 2012
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9 Comments:

  1. Seamus says:

    I disagree with your opinion one of the reasons he bought English was because of the need to have a certain amount of English players in the squad under the EPL rules at least 8 members of your team need to be British (or Home Grown ie. trained in England which is why players are being shipped in from abroad at a very young age to start in English academies). about 15 of Liverpools 37 Strong First Team are British/English and about half of them are unproven youngsters Shelvy, Spearing, Flanagan, etc.). He wasn’t implementing old tactics he was simply complying with the rules of the PL. What about Suarez, Enrique, Coates, Suso and Doni? Are they English I don’t think so. The Americans hit the panic button, Rome wasn’t built in a day and judging by previous seasons Liverpool are actually moving forward. I dismiss your article as uninformed and lazy.

  2. David Nugent says:

    Well Seamus first of all thank you for taking time away from your research on Premier League rules to comment on my article. First of all I would like to tell you I know all about the Premier League rules on home grown players. However I don’t think Kenny Dalglish signed British players because of the leagues rules. I think he signed them because he prefers to sign British players. It brought him success the first time around and he tried it again in his second stint.

    Unfortunately for Dalglsh it hasn’t worked out because he has signed overpriced British players, who are not good enough to play for Liverpool. It’s slightly naive to think clubs sign players just because they are British. If they are not good enough the team are going to fall behind their rivals and Liverpool have in recent seasons. I don’t see how you think Liverpool have moved forward. Please tell me in what ways the Reds have moved forward?

  3. pacman says:

    hahaha..this is so funny..a million for a donkey name andy caroll..what was he thinking..?

  4. Seamus says:

    Well that is your opinion David and you know what they say about opinions don’t you?

    Look I don’t have any desire to get all uppity about what I have already pointed out to you. I see a team that was being cultivated almost from scratch and since Hodgson was sacked and there have been definite improvement in form, They have had some stinkers like their match against Newcastle but I have watched almost every match this season and I can definitly say they have improved since last year.

    Were his signings good enough? I actually agree with you here in my opinion they were not good enough for Liverpool but that’s the reality we all have to deal with times have changed and we need to work with what we can get. Sacking Dalglish will put Liverpool back 10 years mark my words they will get worse but hey it’s just my opinion right?

  5. David Nugent says:

    Hey Seamus I’m glad you took the time to reply. I am glad you think that the team has moved forward.

    The next Liverpool manager will have a hard task on his hands creating a successful team though.

    We won’t know if it was a mistake or not to sack Kenny Dalglish until we see the teams results next season.

    If Liverpool do perform worse next season then I think it will be fair to say that Dalgish’s sacking was slightly premature.

  6. Seamus says:

    If Liverpool do move forward again next season I will be thanking Daglish for all his groundwork ;)

    Seriously though new managers tend to tear things up bring in their own people and ways of doing things, etc. etc. the only way I can see them improving with a new manager is if it is a Mourino or a Villas Boas and even then over a long time period 3 to 4 years.

    Believe me when I say this though I hope I am proven wrong.

  7. David Nugent says:

    Do you think that the Liverpool board will give the next manager enough time to build a successful team?

  8. Seamus says:

    Do you? It doesn’t really matter what I think it’s all conjecture until after the fact at this point and to be honest my heart is not in it since they ripped the heart and soul out of LFC. There are no quick fixes in football or life. If you want something you need to work at it long and hard and sometimes you fail and sometimes you get it right it takes a while but sometimes you get lucky and things fall into place quicker than than other times. Should Roy have been sacked halfway through a season? No it was too soon. Should Kenny have been sacked after winning a piece of silverware with a mediocre team? Hell No. Whoever gets in needs time to get things going, will they get the backing? Not if the results don’t make them happy because todays game is built on money.

  9. Mathew says:

    Doesn’t look like they’ve improved much does it Seamus?

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