Legendary Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has been sacked after massive investment last year was followed by a poor league performance.Read the full story ›
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.
Principal owner John Henry heaped praise on the outgoing manager in a statement on the Liverpool FC website:
Kenny will always be more than a championship winning manager, more than a championship winning star player. He is in many ways the heart and soul of the club. He personifies everything that is good about Liverpool Football Club. He has always put the Club and its supporters first. Kenny will always be a part of the family at Anfield.
Our job now is to identify and recruit the right person to take this Club forward and build on the strong foundations put in place during the last 18 months.
Liverpool has confirmed that Kenny Dalglish has left the club. In a statement on the Liverpool FC website the club said:
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.
ITV News Granada are reporting that Kenny Dalglish has cancelled his holiday plans after it emerged that he will leave Liverpool FC.
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez and former Anfield manager Rafa Benirtez have been made favourites for the Liverpool job.
Odds have also been slashed on former Barcelona boss Frank Riijkaard.
ITV Granada reports that Kenny Dalglish will not remain at Liverpool in any capacity after leaving his post as manager.
The Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given, who worked with Kenny Dalglish at Newcastle has tweeted:
Devastated for Dad but incredibly proud of the job he's done. Thanks for all the lovely messages already. Have a good summer x
KennY Dalglish's daughter, the sports presenter Kelly Cates has tweeted to confirm KennY Dalglish has left his post as Liverpool manager: