Today, at approximately 5pm UK time Liverpool Football Club announced that the club had parted ways with its manager Kenny Dalglish. King Kenny as he is fondly known to many was brought in an emergency situation to help steer the club to safety after what could only be described as a disastrous start of the season by Roy Hodgson. Roy, who was employed by the old regime failed badly and with new owners growing increasingly impatient, along with the fans there was no other option but to terminate his contract. Kenny was called in as a temporary replacement. He did well by guiding the club to a 6th place finish, after such a horrendous start, a place outside the top 10 looked well on the cards. Kenny was rewarded with a contract extention for his good work and so begun the 2011/12 season.
The season which can be described as a lot of things, didn't turn out to be our finest. Even though we ended up with silverware (unlike other "big clubs"), our league position and home record were major causes for concern. Hence after the season ended, he was called up to Boston by the owners for meetings. There was tons of speculation over the internet as to what these meetings were about but everyone seemed to have guessed correctly. It was the end of the Kings reign.
Andre Villas Boas
What next for our club? There have been many names mention so far, even though its been barely 6 hours since the announcement but the few interesting ones have been Roberto Martinez and the other, Andre Villas Boas. Both young and have a good sense of the game. Roberto having a good few years experience in the English Premier League and helping Wigan not only keep their head above relegation but also finish in a decent place, whilst Villas Boas has a point to prove after his stint at Chelsea was abruptly ended.
To end off, most of us knew Kenny was not the long term solution to our problem and FSG knew that, it was nice having him around but in order for us to be really challenging for top spots, we need someone that is capable of achieving that. Kenny will forever be known as King to us, his record speaks for itself, some say he has tarnished is reputation after the last season but you cannot over shadow the rest of his achievements over one season. He, himself must be disappointed, but I'm sure he knows it was the right thing to do. After all, it was he who said "Nobody is bigger than the club". Thank you King Kenny.