Kenny Dalglish: Why the Liverpool Manager Must Go This Summer

Sam BecroftContributor IIIApril 4, 2012

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - APRIL 01:  Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish (l) looks on before the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at Sports Direct Arena on April 1, 2012 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Stu Forster/Getty Images

Kenny Dalglish is a living legend of Liverpool Football Club.

He has won 34 for trophies for Liverpool; 24 as a player and 10 as a manager.

Just last January he was viewed by all (me included) as the savior of the club; the man to revive a team that had stuttered and stagnated under Roy Hodgson and the previous American owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

Initially, the appointment of Dalglish appeared a masterstroke.

After a first up 1-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United in the FA Cup, Liverpool went on to take 30 points from the next 15 league games, including a famous 3-1 demolition of United at Anfield.

They played with a new found verve and energy, and looked a shadow of the team that had previously lost to the likes of Blackpool and Wolves.

But with Liverpool once again languishing in eighth place in the league, the old struggles have returned.

They continue to look bereft of ideas, particularly in the final third and in front of goal. Recent losses at the hands of Queens Park Rangers, Sunderland, Wigan and Newcastle have again shown glaring flaws in Dalglish’s management and tactics.

Opportunities have gone begging and games have not been finished off. The passion and fire that Dalglish is renowned for instilling in his players appears to have vanished.

Which begs the question, does "King Kenny" have to go?

I am not for one minute suggesting Dalglish should be sacked—one would hope that Tom Werner and the Liverpool board had enough respect for him to split in a much more amicable fashion.

Realistically, however, Dalglish is held in such high regard by Liverpool supporters that there would be an outrage if he was sacked or even forced to resign part way through a season, amidst a poor run of results.

This leaves only one option: Dalglish must step aside during the summer.

At 61 years of age, he is not the man to lead the club forward.

The club is once again beginning to dwindle: It needs an injection of new blood and new ideas.

Liverpool must adopt a philosophy similar to that of the NFL’s New England Patriots and realize that it is always better to let someone go a year too early rather than a year too late. The Patriots are perennial contenders because they realise the damage a season of regression can do.

Liverpool has just lost the mantle of the most successful club in Britain to their most bitter rival, Manchester United.

In order for Liverpool to progress as a football club and return to the glory days, King Kenny has to go this summer.

Otherwise, the club risks the wrath of the fans as well as a further slide down the table.