Kenny Dalglish: Liverpool Legend out as Manager

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 16, 2012

What was starting to feel inevitable has become reality—Kenny Dalglish is out as manager of Liverpool, at least according to BBC Sports:

Kenny Dalglish leaves Liverpool

— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) May 16, 2012

With Dalglish's firing, it appears Wigan's Roberto Martinez is now the favorite to replace him, according to Sky Sports:

Sky sources understand Liverpool have sacked Kenny Dalglish. Wigan's Roberto Martinez favourite to replace him.

— Sky Sports (@SkySports) May 16, 2012

No surprise there—Martinez has become a hot name as a manager, and was courted by Aston Villa last summer.

As for Dalglish, he traveled to Boston on Monday alongside assistant manager Steve Clarke to meet with principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner of the Fenway Sports Group, which owns Liverpool. The meeting was said to be about discussing the team's future plans.

And now, we know he wasn't a part of them. Here's an excerpt from Dalglish's statement after the announcement (which you can read, alongside the team's full statement, here):

"It has been an honour and a privilege to have had the chance to come back to Liverpool Football Club as Manager. I greatly appreciate the work that Steve, Kevin, 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 Carling Cup and came close to a second trophy in the FA Cup Final. Of course I am disappointed with results in the league, but I would not have swapped the Carling Cup win for anything as I know how much it meant to our fans and the Club to be back winning trophies."

Liverpool finished a disappointing 2011-12 campaign tied for eighth with Fulham in the Premier League standings, the team's 52 points keeping them well out of Champions League qualifying.

The squad did win the Carling Cup this season, though that obviously wan't enough to make the season a success.

Had Liverpool at least won the FA Cup over Chelsea this season, perhaps Dalglish would still be the team's manager. But the team failed to do so, very likely the last straw for the hobbled camel that was Liverpool's season.

Compounding the disappointing season is several questionable signings under the helm of Dalglish, most recently the big-money signings of striker Andy Carroll and winger Stewart Downing. While Carroll had his moments, Downing was largely disappointing and neither has seemed worthy of the large price tag.

What direction Liverpool will now go in remains to be seen. But whichever direction they choose, it won't be with Dalglish at the helm.


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