Kenny Dalglish's return to Liverpool FC this weekend, as a non-executive director, is another step in the right direction by owners Fenway Sports Group.
It's also another positive move by manager Brendan Rodgers, who, rather than feel pressured or insecure by Dalglish's presence at the club, actually encouraged such a move:
Rodgers was key to Dalglish's return. Current boss embraced the idea. Secure in his own role and can only see positives from having him back— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) October 4, 2013
There are no egos at Liverpool FC; the owners and manager have shown this here. They've also shown their desire to move the club forward on and off the pitch.
Coming shortly after the appointment of three former players at the club's academy, the hiring of Dalglish to the Liverpool board is another move that's commonplace on the Continent.
Just as Ajax have Dennis Bergkamp, Jaap Stam, the de Boer brothers et al. working at their academy, Bayern Munich have a wealth of former players on their board; Franz Beckenbauer, Matthias Sammer and Karl-Heinz Rummenige among others.
For some reason, in England such appointments are criticised as "jobs for the boys." The reality is that it actually ensures continuity and, importantly, that the club's heritage and values are passed on to the next generation.
Even The Times' football editor, Tony Evans, a passionate Liverpool supporter who has often been critical of FSG in the past, reserved praise for the Americans in bringing back Dalglish:
Agree with FSG or not, there is a long-term plan for LFC. And Henry and Werner recognise that culture and tradition are important— Tony Evans (@TonyEvansTimes) October 4, 2013
Dalglish's role may not be clear, not that it needs to be, but having a sporting person on a board of business people can only be positive. Somebody to offer a football perspective and give input into the strategic direction of the football club.
Liverpool FC is an iconic football club steeped in history and traditions. It only makes sense that it should have iconic figures involved in moving the club forward and helping to write a new chapter in its glorious history.
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