Dalglish gives public backing to Roy

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Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has give his full support to new Reds boss Roy Hodgson, despite not being picked for the position himself.

Dalglish, the club’s ambassador, was part of the Liverpool backroom team that brought Hodgson to the club, with the former Fulham boss unveiled at Anfield on Thursday.

Dalglish was heavily linked with the managerial post, but hasn’t managed a club since Celtic in 2000.

He said, “I look very favourably on the appointment. I have known Roy a long time and have a great respect for him.

“We’ve not had detailed conversations yet but my interests are in Liverpool.”

Meanwhile Hodgson says that he is now looking forward to working closely with Dalglish in the best interests of the team and the club.

Hodgson told press, “I respect the fact that Kenny was entitled to suggest to the board that he wanted to be considered, and it won’t affect my relationship with him at all.

“I believe Kenny can make the perfect bridge with his football knowledge between the Academy and the training ground, and we should never forget the very important role he will always do as an ambassador.

“As I see it, when you have a resource like Kenny Dalglish, it’s better to use it properly and have him at the club for the long term, maybe 15 years like Sir Bobby Charlton has been at Manchester United.

“There are so many roles that he can play to help Liverpool FC – and that will outlive my tenure at the club.”

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