While Liverpool have claimed a Carling Cup in late February, and may still go on to seal an FA Cup in May, there are many reasons why this season has been a disaster, both on the field and off it. With results in the Premiership getting worse as the season creeps towards it’s close, and a series on controversies surrounding the Merseyside club, is it time ‘King Kenny’ stepped aside? Here’s our three main reasons why it’s time for Liverpool to seek a new manager with fresh ambitions.
Being frank, results simply have not been good enough. If the Premiership had started in January, Liverpool found find themselves bottom of the lot. Surely not even the most ardent of Reds can argue that this is acceptable for a club of their notable stature. The last two defeats at the hands of teams woefully short of form and in the bottom three, QPR and Wigan, is a microcosm of Liverpool’s league season. They might have claimed impressive victories along the way, such as a Stamford Bridge success, but this is all un-done by horrific results to sides below them. They have now lost to 3 of the bottom 4 sides. As is the way in modern football, the buck stops with the manager, and Dalglish must be responsible for a dreadful season in the Premiership.
The season has also been off-set by a string of media and PR errors from the club. Dalglish’s handling of the whole ‘Suarez and Evra’ scenario was disgraceful, labelling racism as ‘banter’ and continuing to shift blame and defend his player even when the case had been proved. Aside from that, the Liverpool manager’s interviews are slowly starting to insult football fans intelligence across the country, and Liverpool supporters must be growing tired of his poor excuses.
Blaming the Wigan reverse on ‘tired’ players after 3 games in 6 days was the musings of a man searching to blame anything but himself or his players. Many other Premiership sides had played the same amount of game, including Chelsea, Spurs and City. He then went on to say he wouldn’t push youngsters in the fill the gaps, just minutes after he had handed Raheem Sterling a debut during the Wigan game. Such hypocrisy has unfortunately been a feature of his interviews throughout the whole season, and another reason why he should exit his post, for the good of the game.
Quite simply, Kenny Dalglish is horribly out of touch with the game. His spending on young, over-priced English talent was an example of this. Henderson, Carroll and Downing have failed to come up trumps when needed, and there would’ve been so many more option had Dalglish and Liverpool looked abroad, with Newcastle’s success in the transfer market in France and Italy showing this. Furthermore, his stoic belief that double domestic cup success would mean finishing 7th is a good season is again out-dated. Liverpool have such a rich tradition in European football, they deserve to return to at least one of the competitions. Yet, with Dalglish in charge, it appears that he has no intentions of targetting a return to the Champions League, and I dare say that the club’s fans do not share this vision for their side.
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