Taking sentiment and history aside, Liverpool fans had the best possible news this week—they sacked their manager.
Of course, there was disappointment around Anfield as King Kenny cleared his desk and drove away thinking what could have been, but there were too many mistakes, too many alarming errors both on and off the pitch for the Fenway Sports Group to continue rolling with the 61-year-old.
Being out of the management game too long clearly effected the Scotsman's judgment on a number of issues throughout the season. A solitary Carling Cup win was not enough to avoid the axe, especially with Everton finishing higher in the league.
A great club with great tradition deserves a great manager. Not a great manager 30 years ago, a great manager today.
The next managerial appointment will be a huge one for the Merseyside club, but one thing is for certain, a change needed to happen if Liverpool is to progress and challenge for Champions League football.
Whoever does come in will have to transform a hugely expensive mediocre squad into title contenders.
Many will be shown the door.
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