Liverpool are in turmoil at the moment. The ever revolving door of managers at Anfield has turned again, this time Liverpool legend “King” Kenny Dalglish being the latest victim of the boardroom boot, joining the now-England manager Roy Hodgson and Spanish mastermind Rafael Benitez. Three managers in two years says it all. Many assumed it was the end of the trouble when Dalglish was appointed, as he was the overwhelming fan’s favourite, and after-all, he had the Scouse pedigree. But yet again it wasn’t to be, and Liverpool find themselves in the all-too familiar situation of trying to find the man to fit the ever increasing bill. So who can they possibly find? Let’s take a look.
Pros – He’s the man of the moment, clutching safety from the jaws of defeat in two successive seasons at Wigan. He plays the attractive football that Liverpool pioneered in the 70’s and 80’s, and unlike Kenny Dalglish, handles the media as good as anyone in the Premier League.
Cons – Doesn’t have the managerial clout that some Liverpool fans may like, and struggled when trying to get Swansea promoted from League One. Also, has never managed such a high-profile club, and may struggle with the expectation.
Verdict – A risky choice, but could be fruitful if he sticks to his principles. 7/10
Pros – Tutored by the great Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, Rodgers is another wonder-kid manager, going from strength to strength. He managed to get Swansea City promoted in his first full season in charge, and had led them to a very respectable 11th in the Premier League table this year, beating Liverpool on the final day of the season.
Cons – His spells at Reading and Watford were nothing to write home about, and has recently signed a new contract at Swansea, contracting him until 2015. This will mean Liverpool’s board will have to pay a considerable amount of compensation to acquire his services.
Verdict – An outsider with his contract status, plus his limited experience. 5/10
Pros – Has vast amounts of experience at player and managerial levels, nonetheless coaching Barcelona to several La Liga titles after a barren run, and winning the Champions League in 2006. His ability to mix success domestically and in Europe will no doubt be music to Liverpool fans’ ears.
Cons – Had unwavering support at Barcelona from President Joan Laporta, and was given a chance to turn things around after a slow first season. Would he be given the same amount of time at Liverpool though, given their recent history?
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