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Kenny Dalglish Signs 3-Year Deal to Become Permanent Liverpool Manager

4672832112 bdf887b452 Kenny Dalglish Signs 3 Year Deal to Become Permanent Liverpool Manager

Kenny Dalglish has signed a three-year contract as manager of Liverpool FC. The announcement was made today to make Dalglish the permanent manager. The Scot took over from Hodgson earlier this season and has transformed the team into an attacking outfit that are on the verge of solidifying fifth place in the Premier League (if they can get a win on Sunday against Tottenham Hotspur) and thus qualifying for the Europa League next season.

“Kenny is a legendary Liverpool figure both as a supremely gifted footballer and successful manager,” said Liverpool Principal Owner John W. Henry. “Since returning in January he has shown extraordinary leadership and the ability to bring the best out of so many people associated with the Club. It was obvious to us very early on that the atmosphere surrounding the Club had been transformed by his presence. No one else could have produced such a response. Therefore, I’m delighted we have agreed to a new contract. We didn’t need nor want to look elsewhere for the right man to manage the team.

“Working closely with him, we’ve seen first-hand his love for the Club and his determination to do whatever is necessary to produce a winning side again. He has a unique relationship with our supporters and embodies everything that is special about the Liverpool way of doing things. Liverpool enjoys a global standing within the sport, but having Kenny in the dug-out will help us in our efforts to bring the best available talent to the Club as we continue to move the club forward.

“I’m also pleased we have reached an agreement with Steve Clarke, as his contribution to Kenny’s backroom team has been significant over the past four months.”

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15 Responses to Kenny Dalglish Signs 3-Year Deal to Become Permanent Liverpool Manager

  1. yankred7 says:

    Long live King Kenny!! Glad to see both Dalglish and Clarke signing new deals to keep them at Anfield for the next three years. He has really turned the club around. Hard to believe that in October our manager was Hodgson our owners were Hicks and Gillette and we were facing possible Delegation and Administration

  2. FC Asheville says:

    Excellent!!! Long live King Kenny!!!!!!!!!

  3. DGS says:

    Well earned.

  4. Gaz Hunt says:

    Great news.

    I was lucky enough to be at Anfield for the 5-0 win over Birmingham and you could see the smiles on the faces of the players. Bringing that pleasure back to football is something Kenny Dalglish is able to do that is often unrated.

    This could be the start of a new boot-room legacy with King Kenny training and handing over to Steve Clark followed by Steve Clark doing the same with, possibly, Jamie Carragher.

    Related, I’d like to see Sami Hyypia involved in the club in the future too. He’s recently retired and working on coaching badges right now.

    Unrelated, a lot of people are suggesting Liverpool don’t want the Europa competition next season and I have to disagree. Despite this “little” tournament adding stress and the possibility of hurting the league form, Liverpool have a proud tradition of being in Europe and should welcome any such chance.

  5. Guy says:

    Glad to see it. There can be no doubt about his impact.

  6. joe m says:

    Since his appointment Liverpool is second in the PL in points earned (second to Chelsea) and first in goals scored.

  7. Mekias says:

    Helluva job by Kenny. Hard to believe the transformation in Liverpool over the past 4 months. ManU had better be watching their backsides next year.

  8. Marcus Watson says:

    I think this is great. People wonder what took so long, but there was really no need to make a rash quick decision. Kenny wasn’t going to go to another club and these owners have shown that they are very private in these matters and very deliberate.

  9. Terry says:

    I was one of those who was not sure that Daglish was the right manager because he was out of the game for so long. I wanted a younger manager to replace Hodgson who was absolutely terrible. After seeing what Daglish has done at the club and the performnces he has been able to get from the players I think he more than deserves his new contract. Looking forward to next season already. About 2 or 3 more quality signings over the summer and Liverpool will be knocking on the door of the CL again. I think the fight for the top 4 will be very fierce next season among the top 6.

  10. dominjon says:

    Liverpool have a cracking set of youngsters so the Europa is a great place to give them some experience during the qualifying and group stages.

  11. David (author) says:

    Well done and much deserved!!!

  12. Sean says:

    For those interested, here is the press conference:

    - Part 1 (http://youtu.be/2Q8AZRhOJZw)
    - Part 2 (http://youtu.be/EVitggz2DZg)

  13. brn442 says:

    Liverpool finally has someone who has a footballing philosophy. The man has given more academy players their debut the last 4 months than Benitez/Hodgson have the last 7 years.

    • Guy says:

      He has seemed totally unafraid to mix youngsters into the team. This, of course, gives them more incentive to work hard and improve in training. The results speak for themselves. I might start calling him King Kenny myself….umm…better stop. Starting to sound like a Liverpool fan. ;-)

  14. Dakota says:

    Good work Kenny! Well earned and well respected. He seems like the perfect man for the job. Excited to see what happens.

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