After a poor season, Liverpool FC and Fenway Sports Group (FSG) have made the careful decision to axe Dalglish as manager.
Kenny (middle) with his forward duo Suarez (left) and Carroll (right)
After spending £35 million on Carroll, and then another £80 million last summer, the seasons League results have been the worst ever since the 1950′s, although they managed to win the Carling Cup, the owners have seen that this is not enough.
The Reds ended up losing to Chelsea in the FA Cup final, which if they won may have changed Dalglish’s fate and finished in 8th in the Premier League, below local rivals Everton.
Dalglish flew over to America earlier this week to discuss his future with the owners, the decision was to part ways and FSG have already set their eyes on a new manager.
They claimed that the decision was not made lightly or hastily but that they had a very hard and long review of this season, and found a change was necessary.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez if their favoured choice, although he turned down Aston Villa last summer, a move to Anfield may be hard to block out.
Principal owner John Henry said his praise’s to Kenny, he said:
“Kenny will always be more than a championship winning manager, more than a championship winning star player. He is in many ways the heart and soul of the club. He personifies everything that is good about Liverpool Football Club. He has always put the Club and its supporters first. Kenny will always be a part of the family at Anfield.
“Our job now is to identify and recruit the right person to take this Club forward and build on the strong foundations put in place during the last 18 months.”
Liverpool Chairman Tom Werner said it was a tough decision, but ultimately one that needed to be made.
“Kenny came into the Club as Manager at our request at a time when Liverpool Football Club really needed him. He didn’t ask to be Manager; he was asked to assume the role. He did so because he knew the Club needed him. He did more than anyone else to stabilize Liverpool over the past year-and-a-half and to get us once again looking forward. We owe him a great debt of gratitude.
“However, results in the Premier League have been disappointing and we believe to build on the progress that has already been made, we need to make a change.
“We are committed to delivering success for our supporters and our ambition remains resolute to return this great Club to the elite of England and Europe, where it belongs.”
Kenny Dalglish’s departure brings to an end his second spell at the Club where, as a player, he won numerous honours, including six English league titles and three European Cup trophies. As Manager he won three league titles, two FA Cups and of course this season, the Carling Cup.
Dalglish said he is proud to have served such a great Club.
“It has been an honour and a privilege to have had the chance to come back to Liverpool Football Club as Manager. I greatly appreciate the work that Steve, Kevin, the players and all of the staff put in during my time and feel proud that we delivered the Club’s first trophy in six years winning the Carling Cup and came close to a second trophy in the FA Cup Final. Of course I am disappointed with results in the league, but I would not have swapped the Carling Cup win for anything as I know how much it meant to our fans and the Club to be back winning trophies.
“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.”