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Dethroning King Kenny?

We look at the evidence that suggests that Liverpool’s owners have taken some of the control from Kenny Dalglish following the handling of the Luis Suarez affair

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It has been 3 months since the Liverpool-Man United game at Anfield. Unfortunately, the game will be remembered not for the football, but for other reasons.

Since then, it has been a very busy 3 months at Liverpool. Although Suarez has accepted his ban and served it, unfortunately, another incident happened in the game between the two sides at Old Trafford last weekend.

In my opinion, the best thing would be to just forget about what happened and move on. That’s why I won’t describe anything that happened there, we all know that already. What interests me is what happened after the game. To be more precise, the apologies from both Suarez and Kenny Dalglish for their reactions and the mishandling of the whole situation.

It is a tradition at Liverpool that the manager has a lot of control at the club. The best example of that is the power Rafa Benitez had, which was at that time almost unmatched in the whole of Europe. When Kenny Dalglish signed a permanent contract, everyone expected him to have the same amount of power too. He is the King, afterall.

But the apology, which he was obviously forced to make by the owners, shows that with the arrival of FSG that a new era has come to Liverpool. The Americans wasted no time to react and try to rebuild the crushed reputation of the club. By making Kenny apologise, they have shown that there will be no more manager despotism at Anfield.

Dalglish will not be able to simply run the ship as he sees fit and have total control over club affairs, he will have to run it according to the Americans agenda. This point is reinforced by Paul Hayward who, after last weeks apologies, wrote in the Guardian:

This was the first real moment in 13 months when he [Dalglish] could no longer present himself as the boss, the unchallengeable heartbeat of the club.

Question marks have started raising over whether Luis Suarez and Kenny Dalglish will survive the summer at Liverpool. The owners seemed to be furious at them for their handling of the whole situation, and media outlets such as the Mirror have suggested that Luis Suarez might be offloaded in the summer.

There were even murmurs that Kenny Dalglish himself could be in the firing line. If this really is true, then this apology is only the first step to dethroning the King.

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  1. JON

    February 20, 2012 at 6:40 pm


    • mikky

      February 20, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      Come on mate it’s guaranteed Kenny & Suarez will go in the summer I just read it above.

      • jeven

        February 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm

        right before SAF and wenger leaves as well im sure…..dumbass….

  2. REDseptember

    February 20, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Utter tripe mate…. you’re talking utter tripe, but then when you take your lead from Mr Hayward rather than the official announcements from LFC, WHAT ELSE CAN ONE EXPECT.

  3. paul.philosophy

    February 20, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I’m finding this article hard to digest, where are the facts? to establish a line of arguement based on the media seems to be very dangerous. Unless you work within the club and have been part of the conversations between kenny, Luis and the owners I respectfully suggest you keep your opinions to the pub, where this type of chatter is acceptable 🙂


  4. rouman

    February 20, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    the last amercian owners, learned the hard way lets hope this will not be the case this time. kenny is the king and if anythink is done to remove kenny for a incdent blown out of proportion, iam sure the owners will hear about it. if a mistake was made leave it there its done over with move on,dalglish is liverpool let him do his job …

  5. Jay

    February 20, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    It take it someone pays you to write that lol.

  6. RVP10

    February 20, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Calm down people! Why on earth are you having a pop at the author of this post?

    He’s clearly said that “if” these reports are true, then Kenny could be in trouble. Nowhere in the article do i see it claimed that Dalglish OR Suarez for that matter, will definitely be leaving.

    We all read the reports that the American owners weren’t impressed by how the Suarez situation was handled, and all this guy is saying is that forcing Dalglish to apologise shows he no longer has total control over things at the club. Which is clear for all to see.

    You lot just need to stop jumping the gun and being so defensive over your precious manager!

  7. torres9

    February 21, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I would love to see Kenny sacked. He’s letting us down. Redknapp took Tottenham to 4th spot in his 1st season. Will Kenny do it? No. Why? Because Redknapp’s a way way way better manager.

    • bale3

      February 21, 2012 at 8:23 am

      You’re right. Redknapp’s a way better manager than your Dogleash. He’s made you guys a top8 contender not top4.

      • Kai

        February 21, 2012 at 6:58 pm

        Top 8? Has the league been over yet? We can’t predict what will be the final score in a match until it’s full time, so how can you predict so many months ahead?

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