Legendary Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has been sacked after massive investment last year was followed by a poor league performance.
– Liverpool FC statement
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.
Dalglish had originally managed the team from 1985-1991 during one of the best eras for the club.
He saw Liverpool win its first double - winning the League Championship and the FA Cup in his first year.
As a player, he won numerous honours, including six English league titles and three European Cup trophies. As Manager he won three league titles, two FA Cups and this season, the Carling Cup.
His latest tenure at Anfield lasted just eighteen months after a £110 million investment spent on seven players failed to bring the expected improvement in the teams performance and the American owners became frustrated.
Leaving the club for the second time Dalglish said:
It has been an honour and a privilege to have had the chance to come back to Liverpool Football Club as Manager. I greatly appreciate the work that Steve, Kevin, the players and all of the staff put in during my time and feel proud that we delivered the Club's first trophy in six years winning the Carling Cup and came close to a second trophy in the FA Cup Final. Of course I am disappointed with results in the league, but I would not have swapped the Carling Cup win for anything as I know how much it meant to our fans and the Club to be back winning trophies.
Whilst I am obviously disappointed to be leaving the football club, I can say that the matter has been handled by the owners and all concerned in an honourable, respectful and dignified way and reflects on the quality of the people involved and their continued desire to move the football club forward in the same way as when they arrived here.
I would like to thank all of the staff at the Club for their effort and loyalty. I said when first approached about coming back as Manager that I would always be of help if I can at any time and that offer remains the same.
Finally, I want to put on record my heartfelt gratitude to Liverpool's fans, who have always given me and the Club their unwavering support. Without them neither the Club nor I would have achieved anything.
Dalglish received commiserations on Twitter following the announcement:
Sorry to hear @kennethdalglish has lost his job at Liverpool . 1 of the best manager s I've worked under.
Devastated for Dad but incredibly proud of the job he's done. Thanks for all the lovely messages already. Have a good summer x
Liverpool Chairman Tom Werner said it was a tough decision, but ultimately one that needed to be made:
Kenny came into the Club as Manager at our request at a time when Liverpool Football Club really needed him. He didn't ask to be Manager; he was asked to assume the role. He did so because he knew the Club needed him. He did more than anyone else to stabilize Liverpool over the past year-and-a-half and to get us once again looking forward. We owe him a great debt of gratitude.
However, results in the Premier League have been disappointing and we believe to build on the progress that has already been made, we need to make a change.
We are committed to delivering success for our supporters and our ambition remains resolute to return this great Club to the elite of England and Europe, where it belongs.