It must seem like a severe case of damned if you do and damned if you don’t for American owners FSG, as the British media sharpens its claws for yet another swipe at the Merseyside giants.
There is no doubt that there is a huge section of the UK press and media who have tried to portray Kenny’s dismissal as a huge gamble from the clubs American owners. Quite an ironic stance if you consider the constant question marks and badgering that Kenny has had to endure this season.
After weeks filled with countless stories’ of Liverpool Football Club’s alleged “crisis”, the popular opinion on the dismissal of Kenny from remains firmly split. So as every Red across the land now waits with baited breath to see how Kenny Dalglish’s successor Brendan Rodgers handles the pressure of managing one of the biggest club’s in the world, a question that will be debated well into the summer months will be: was Kenny’s dismissal rough justice, or are we all suffering from a case of blind loyalty??
The view seems to have been echoed by large parts of the Liverpool fans that have joined the tabloids in questioning the logic behind the decision and with it the long term direction of the football club. Let’s be clear and honest on something, would we really accept the level of performances and run of results that we have witnessed this season from anybody else but King Kenny??
Only 6 wins at Anfield all season, 14 losses (and the same number of total wins), almost 40 points between us and Manchester City and almost 20 points between us and 4th place Spurs. Add that to our lowest ever Premier League points total and the fact both Newcastle and arch enemies Everton both finished above us, the picture is as bleak as it has been for a generation.
Those that have been against Kenny’s dismissal have taken the view that FSG should have given the Anfield legend another season in which to turn things around. But is that really what the majority of Liverpool fans actually would have wanted, and are we in danger of letting our hearts rule our heads with regards to Kenny??
One thing for certain is that the caliber of Kenny’s replacement will very much dictate the views on this question. Whilst there is little doubt that the likes of Roberto Martinez will go on to be a top class manager the general feeling seemed to be that the criteria of any potential candidate should have been much more select if we are to be fighting for Champions League places come next May.
Step forward Brendan Rodgers; next in line to Manage our world famous football club. He has a tough act to follow, perhaps not in performance but most definitely in terms of status and spirit.
Kenny Dalglish is immortal in the eyes of everything Liverpool Football club and will always remain deeply rooted in the history at Anfield. YNWA!
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