19 years after resigning, Kenny Dalglish wants the top job at Anfield once more.
Although the former Scottish international is currently charged with finding Rafa Benitez’s successor in his capacity as Reds ambassador, he is willing to enter his own name into the process in order to revive the fortunes on this once mighty European power.
Some have branded it as lunacy of the highest order. Dalglish’s detractors claim that Liverpool’s fans have become blinded by sentiment and nostalgia in calling for a man who has not been on the frontline of football management since leaving Celtic a decade ago.
Although it is a touch fanciful to presume that his second spell in charge would be as successful as his first (Liverpool always finished 1st or 2nd throughout his previous six year tenure) it is my opinion that there are far more compelling reasons to appoint the 59-year-old.
The club is in disarray crippled by substantial debts incurred by their tyrannical owners and their heavily leveraged buyout. Inevitably, problems at boardroom level have percolated into the dressing room resulting in the side finishing a whopping 23 points behind Chelsea last season and failing to qualify for Champions League football. With no money available for squad strengthen until Liverpool’s ownership issues are resolved, Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres may well leave in the coming weeks sending the Red half of Merseyside spiralling into a deep malaise.
Dalglish offers stability where it has been lacking and a winning mentality that has been all but lost at Anfield. He will unite the dressing room and give the fans hope when it is needed more than ever. His legendary status as the man who won seven league titles and three European Cups during the heady days of the 1970s and 80s would be an inspiration to those whose morale is so low. Most importantly he would offer the emotive pull required to keep Gerrard on Merseyside.
As for the 10 year gap in his CV, Kenny has hardly buried his head in the sand and has remained in close contact with Liverpool during that time. His knowledge of current and emerging players was indeed one of the reasons that Rafa Benitez installed him in his ambassadorial role at the club’s academy in April last year.
The situation is unique and therefore requires a unique solution. All hail the return of the King.
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