Fathers’ Day is a time for most of us to celebrate our paternal bonds. We honour our fathers by being generous in our praise as we reflect on everything they have done since bringing us kicking and screaming into the World. The sacrifices they’ve made and the selflessness they have shown…. bla bla bla you get the picture.
The point is these sentiments seem to have bypassed one man completely as he does his utmost to mercilessly crush his dearest Dad’s hopes and dreams. Yes – we are talking about Paul Dalglish who will be sending his card in the post this weekend heavily tinged in irony.
“I do not think he is the best person for the job, but he is the best person available,” said the ungrateful swine regarding his dad Kenny’s desire to succeed Rafa Benitez. “It’s not as though Jose Mourinho is going to come and do the job.”
It was hardly the ringing endorsement the Liverpool legend might have hoped for but he will be all too painfully aware that his son’s pointed remarks have a certain ring of truth about them. Liverpool are skint. With owners’ desperate sell, any new appointment is going to have bugger all to spend on new players or even to bring in adequate replacements for Captain Fantastic or ‘El Nino’ Torres should they both opt to jump ship this summer.
This is hardly a scenario that would tempt the likes of Mourinho or Capello to take up the job at Anfield and so Kenny represents the safe option – a decent compromise. He is a man who can appease Liverpool’s disgruntled fans whilst operating on a tight budget. A stop gap, if you like, until better times when the Reds can once again mount a credible challenge on domestic or European honours and walk into broad sunlit uplands.
I’ve said it before but the situation on Merseyside is unique and therefore requires a unique solution. Kenny Dalglish is by no means the best candidate to put Liverpool back on the top table of the Premiership elite but he will unite a fractured club and bring harmony where there is discord.
The fans want him, he brings some hope where it has been sadly lacking and so Kenny Dalglish should be the one sat in the dugout come this August whether he has forgiven his son’s wayward remarks or not.
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