The recent news that former Liverpool player and manager Kenny Dalglish will have been met with a certain skepticism from some quarters of the media given his sacking just sixteen months ago after a largely unsuccessful returning managerial spell at Anfield, but the presence of another club legend working alongside the board can surely only be a good thing.
Dalglish’s return to the club in the strangely titled and uncertain role of “Non-Executive Director” will surely have raised some eyebrows among fans media alike, chiefly because nobody really knows what his new job description actually entails, but regardless, Dalglish’s very presence at the club is likely to be a good thing.
Despite his most recent managerial failures at the club, which saw the club finish as low as 8th in the Premier League – their worst league showing in eighteen years – “King Kenny” still commands huge respect amongst Liverpool fans who regard him as a club legend. If only to remind and help place the club’s footballing interests at the forefront of the board’s concerns – as opposed to commercial ones – Dalglish’s appointment can surely only be a positive move.
Current boss Brendan Rodgers who has begun to win the fans over this calendar year – leading the club to joint top of the Premier League – has welcomed the news of the Scot’s return, he told the club’s official website that:
When I met with Kenny to discuss this appointment, I was struck by the passion and drive he still has in wanting to see Liverpool return to where it should be – one of the most successful clubs in the world. We are all together in that goal – owners and supporters, players and management and also icons such as Kenny Dalglish. I want people around us who have this club and what it stands for in their heart.”
Time will tell what kind of role Dalglish’s will be at Anfield but the club would perhaps be wise not to tamper too much with a side who has seemingly been headed in the right direction for some months now. Regardless, the widespread approval of the return of “King Kenny” surely can only signal more positivity for a club who has already started the season so well.