After 48 hours of intense speculation, Liverpool and Kenny Dalglish have parted company. Official confirmation is expected within the hour.
Dalglish arrived back from Boston after brief talks with the club’s owner John W. Henry on Monday, where it is believed he was offered an alternative role at the club but turned it down instead wishing to remain in charge.
FSG have now sacked the legendary club figure.
The news means Liverpool are now without a chief executive, director of football, head of sports science, head of communications or a new stadium. FSG better have a good plan.
Rumours earlier today suggested FSG had approached a Premier League manager. Brendan Rogers (Swansea), Roberto Martinez (Wigan) and Paul Lambert (Norwich) have been linked with the job today.
Ultimately, Dalglish lost his job after a torrid League campaign that saw Liverpool suffer 14 defeats and finish 17 points off their target of a top four finish.
A swift appointment is expected, and required in order to set the club up for the summer.
Kenny Dalglish explained his disappointment;
“It has been an honour and a privilege to have had the chance to come back to Liverpool Football Club as Manager.”
“Whilst I am obviously disappointed to be leaving the football club, I can say that the matter has been handled by the owners and all concerned in an honourable, respectful and dignified way and reflects on the quality of the people involved and their continued desire to move the football club forward in the same way as when they arrived here.
“I would like to thank all of the staff at the Club for their effort and loyalty. I said when first approached about coming back as Manager that I would always be of help if I can at any time and that offer remains the same.
“Finally, I want to put on record my heartfelt gratitude to Liverpool’s fans, who have always given me and the Club their unwavering support. Without them neither the Club nor I would have achieved anything.”
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