Before anyone gets upset with me, I am not suggesting that Kenny Dalglish be removed as Liverpool manager any time soon. What I am suggesting is that a view of the long term is taken to ensure continuity at the club for a prolonged period of time and that plans be put in place in the near future so that we never again have to deal with managerial uncertainty at the club.
The Bootroom is arguably the most important part of "The Liverpool Way" of doing things, or at least it was until Gerard Houllier decided in his wisdom to close it and try to change the way the club did things.
Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan, Reuben Bennett. The original Bootroom boys, the men who steered this club to a period of success that may never be matched. The men who established a tradition which saw Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness and Roy Evans carry on the Liverpool way of doing things, although admittedly to varying degrees of success(or unmitigated failure in the case of Souness).
Liverpool appointed Liverpool men because they understand the club, the fans and the city they represented. They knew what was expected of them, and they knew how to meet those expectations.
The appointment of Gerard Houllier changed that and the club has never really been the same since. While some success has followed both under Houllier and his successor Rafa Benitez the spirit of the club simply hasn't been the same. Houllier at least had a Liverpool man as assistant in Phil Thompson and he promoted some great homegrown talent to the first team but Benitez's Liverpool really had no connection to the teams of the past or the clubs traditional way of doing things.
It is my personal belief that for Liverpool to be successful once again they must get back to the Liverpool way of doing things and that means not only bringing our home grown talent into the first team, but also into the coaching staff and being able to promote the next manager "in-house".
In this article I will take a look at seven potential long term successors to King Kenny, these are all past or present Liverpool players who understand the club and have all won places in the hearts of Liverpool fans.
I hope you enjoy.