Liverpool principal owner John W. Henry has admitted he was cautious about appointing Kenny Dalglish as manager after the Liverpool legend’s eleven years out of management.
Dalglish took over from former manager Roy Hodgson in January, initially on an interim basis before being handed the job permanently in the summer.
Speaking in an interview with The Guardian, Henry explained;
“I wasn’t convinced when we arrived that Kenny should be back managing and I wanted things to work with the manager we inherited. But the fans knew much more than I did. It took me a while to get up to speed. Then Ian Ayre was a catalyst.
“Damien was a gamble. Kenny was a gamble. But they were both calculated gambles. They both have the advantage of being passionate about their work and are both very clever. We didn’t feel we had a lot of time to wait, and we hope things turned around.”
“Kenny is certainly charismatic and beloved by the fans.”