Kenny Dalglish leaves Liverpool
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) May 16, 2012
Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish is no longer the manager of Liverpool Football Club. Few details out now, although I have a source (an actual source!) that tells me this decision was made at least 24 hours ago, if not more. Awaiting more details as they emerge, but it seems the British sports media narrative is that Fenway Sports Group “don’t know what they’re doing.”
Which is at least partly true, based on John Henry’s remarks about not knowing the enormous cost of transfer fees, for one. But the Americans clearly have a long term plan in place for the club. Sacking Kenny, along with Damien Comolli before him based on a very poor season by the club’s standards doesn’t exactly seem like the wrong decision, necessarily.
Now, who to replace him? I love silly season, don’t you?
UPDATE: Liverpool FC have issued the official press release:
Fenway Sports Group (FSG) and Liverpool Football Club announced that Kenny Dalglish is to leave his post today as Manager after having his contract terminated.
After a careful and deliberative review of the season, the Club came to the decision that a change was appropriate. It is not a decision that was reached lightly or hastily.
The search for a new Manager will begin immediately.
No hogwash about “mutual consent” departures, and FSG ties their name directly to the decision in the first sentence. I like this, and so should Liverpool FC fans who appreciate honesty.
*Or has left by mutual consent, we don’t know yet, but this headline is clearly way cooler than “The King has left by mutual consent”