Kenny Dalglish Sacked: Twitter Reaction & Analysis
For those who aren't aware, this is Dalglish's second spell as Liverpool manager, after an initial spell as player-manager that saw Dalglish bring the club three League titles, two FA Cups, and four Charity Shields.
He also brought the club six League titles, one FA Cup, four League Cups, three European Cups, and one European Super Cup as a player, affirming his legacy as a Liverpool legend.
So far, it seems that the Twitterverse is split on how to react to Dalglish's sacking. Some are very pleased with Dalglish's exit from Liverpool after a horrid season:
Not surprised at King Kenny's sacking today, if u look at it from the owners point of view who hold no sentiment towards him, he had to go— Dan Johnson (@danjohnson_stfc) May 16, 2012
Others are quite unhappy with the King's exit from the club, claiming that he deserved more time and that he shouldn't have been sacked given his status as a club legend:
Absolutely gutted king Kenny's gone, premature #KingKenny— Kevin Ciotkowski (@KevinCiotkowski) May 16, 2012
Interestingly enough, Rafa Benitez's name is now a worldwide trend, as is #bringbackrafa. Could a return to Anfield for the former Liverpool manager actually be on the cards?
Theres surely only one man for the job! #BringBackRafa— Sam Ridgway (@Ridgysam) May 16, 2012
Liverpool fans are chanting #BringBackRafa not going 2 lie hes been the best manager in 20years— Moey H #11 (@MoHussleUK) May 16, 2012
We'll keep you up to date with all the latest developments on the topic as it becomes available.
EDIT @ 12:15 ET, May 16th, 2012:
Here are a few closing tweets in the aftermath of the official annoucements.
First up, Liam Tomkins, an avoid Liverpool supporter and founded of Kopsource, a Liverpool fan site, reminds us why Dalglish will always be a King at Liverpool:
Why Kenny Dalglish will always be King...twitpic.com/9lq96f— Liam Tomkins (@liam_tomkins) May 16, 2012
David Conn of the Guardian doesn't seem to think too highly of how John Henry and Fenway are running things at Liverpool thusfar:
So Kenny Dalglish has gone and as of now, Fenway's Liverpool have no manager, director of football, head of press, or new stadium plan #lfc— David Conn (@david_conn) May 16, 2012
Closing on a humorous note, here's the joke of the day on twitter about Dalglish's sacking:
So if #kennydalglish is gone, is that Downing's only assist this season?— eddievdv95 (@elisacompleteg) May 16, 2012
Share your comments and opinions on the sacking in the comments section below.
EDIT @ 12:05 ET, May 16th, 2012:
And there it is:
BREAKING NEWS: Liverpool confirm Kenny Dalglish has been sacked as manager of the club.— ESPN Soccernet (@ESPNSoccernet) May 16, 2012
Here's the Liverpool statement, in full, from the official website:
Fenway Sports Group (FSG) and Liverpool Football Club announced that Kenny Dalglish is to leave his post today as Manager after having his contract terminated.
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.
Principal owner John Henry was fulsome in his praise for the outgoing Manager.
"Kenny will always be more than a championship winning manager, more than a championship winning star player. He is in many ways the heart and soul of the club. He personifies everything that is good about Liverpool Football Club. He has always put the Club and its supporters first. Kenny will always be a part of the family at Anfield.
"Our job now is to identify and recruit the right person to take this Club forward and build on the strong foundations put in place during the last 18 months."
Liverpool Chairman Tom Werner said it was a tough decision, but ultimately one that needed to be made.
"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 stabilize 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."
Kenny Dalglish's departure brings to an end his second spell at the Club where, as a player, he won numerous honours, including six English league titles and three European Cup trophies. As Manager he won three league titles, two FA Cups and of course this season, the Carling Cup.
Dalglish said he is proud to have served such a great Club.
"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.
"Whilst I am obviously disappointed to be leaving the football club, I can say that the matter has been handled by the owners and all concerned in an honourable, respectful and dignified way and reflects on the quality of the people involved and their continued desire to move the football club forward in the same way as when they arrived here.
"I would like to thank all of the staff at the Club for their effort and loyalty. 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."
EDIT @ 11:52 ET, May 16th, 2012:
So far, it seems the two main candidates for the Liverpool job are Roberto Martinez and Rafa Benitez. Andre Villas-Boas' name has also been mentioned. At the moment, all of this seems to be speculation though; it's too soon for substantial reports to have been released linking any of these names to the Liverpool job.
ESPN is reporting that an official annoucement is due to be released at 17:00 BST, or 12:00 Eastern time.
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