OVER the past couple of weeks the brew in the Anfield pot has not been a good one.
Following the departure of Kenny Dalglish as manager, opinions on whether King Kenny deserved his fate and who the best candidate to take his place is, have developed from simple strongly-held opinions to segregation among the group that forms the beating heart of Liverpool Football Club – the supporters.
A great many of these sects already exist but the largest right now without a doubt are those in favour of Rafael Benitez re-taking the helm as manager and those who disagree with the dismissal of Kenny Dalglish altogether.
In all honesty, squabbling over differences in opinion will get us nowhere. We must realize that FSG and all the other Kopites, like ourselves, (even though it may not seem or sound like it) have nothing but the best intentions for the club and we should at least try to tolerate their views and decisions. A club is only as strong as its supporters – that’s why a united fan base is critical. The new appointees for our vacant hotseat may not be people we approve of but I’m quite sure knowing how we feel about them won’t help their performance in their roles very much. Once they work for the club, they deserve our full, undivided support. I mean isn’t that what we’re there for?
King Kenny is gone. It’s not what most of us would’ve have liked and certainly not how we envisioned the end of his first full season in charge but it has happened and he must be replaced. No amount of disagreement will change this fact. It is something we must not dwell on and must all try to accept if we are to truly move forward and look to the future.
Rafael Benitez is a great manager, I agree, but that does not necessarily make him the best choice for the job. That decision lies ultimately with FSG and in the likely event that he isn’t named as the new manager, it in no way means that FSG aren’t listening to or do not respect the views of the supporters, it just means that they think their choice is what’s best for the club.
Kenny Dalglish and Rafael Benitez have undoubtedly been two of the biggest names the club has had in charge in recent years. They are both idolized and will forever be in Anfield folklore. Yet even though they both have rather large followings they have always reiterated one thing: “no one person is bigger than the entire club”.
Our opinions are ours and shall always be. We can never be forced to share the opinions of others. One thing we must understand though is that at the end of the day we are united by something much bigger and therefore share a bond that should be much stronger than any opinions we have.
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