So, Liverpool’s American owners have decided to get rid of, director of football Damien Comolli.
According to the Express, the decision was a mutual one but I think we can think of a reason (or £35 million) as to why the Frenchman has been relieved of his duties.
I would imagine that Kenny Dalglish wouldn’t sign, let alone play a player he wasn’t happy with and the article even quotes the Liverpool boss confirming that. He said:
“Everyone who has come into the club since Damien has been here was of my choice.”
So it’s Kenny who should leave?
Perhaps not. Liverpool, to give them their due, have not been as bad as everyone makes out. Yes, their 2012 form is embarrassing. And yes, their summer signings were poor and very, very overpriced.
But they have played decent football at times and despite their awful home form, they have hit the woodwork more than any other team this season. In simple terms, if they had a top-class goal scorer this season, they would probably be in 4th or at the very least, 5th place right now.
Dalglish might have identified the signings but it was Comolli who decided to pay £20million (Downing) £16million (Henderson) and £35million (Carroll).
In the case of Carroll, a deal of £25million had apparently been agreed, before Mike Ashley decided to add another £10million at the last minute due to the difficulties in finding a replacement and Comolli agreed!
Dalglish has not been blameless. His handling of the media is well out-of-date, culminating in his hilarious interview with Andy Burton on Sky Sports following the Blackburn game. His tactics too, don’t seem to have a strict layout and he has failed to get much out of Steven Gerrard.
That said, the players love him and are fully motivated by his mere presence. He has won a cup and deserves another season at least.
A lot of talk on Twitter yesterday suggested that the Fenway Sports Group were ‘flexing their muscles’ rather than favouring Kenny, but I would suggest that isn’t the case.
They have a disgruntled, yet loyal set of supporters who won’t stand for their favourite son being hung out to dry, especially after such promise early on.
Round one to Dalglish.
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