Liverpool show Anfield exit door to manager Kenny Dalglish for a second time



By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor 



Dalglish (pictured) won just six home matches this season in the league while lost 14 of his 38 PL matches scoring just 47 goals 

Liverpool have prematurely ended manager Kenny Dalglish's second spell as the Anfield boss by sacking him.

A statement from the club's official website read: "After a careful and deliberative review of the season, the club came to the decision that a change was appropriate. 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."

Dalglish said his departure had been handled in a "honourable, respectful and dignified way" after travelling to Boston on Monday- a day after a 1-0 defeat at Swansea City closed a poor Premier League campaign for the Reds- to have face-to-face talks with the club's owners John W Henry and Tom Werner.

"Whilst I am obviously disappointed to be leaving, 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. 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 after several years," said Dalglish. "It has been an honour and a privilege to have had the chance to come back to Liverpool as manager.

The 61-year old Scotsman Dalglish returned to manage the club for a second time in the wake of Roy Hodgson's departure in January 2011, initially on a caretaker basis until the end of the season after a dismal start to the season for the newly named England boss. After a strong finish to the 2010-11 season, he was made permanent manager last May on a three-year contract, but has been unable to carry that momentum into the new campaign as a poor Premier League record put pay to his second spell at the club.

Dalglish, who also managed Liverpool between 1985 and 1991, won the Carling Cup this season and reached the FA Cup Final but were beaten by Chelsea. The club finished 8th in the league having won as many games as they have been lost and racking up their worst ever finish in the twenty year history of the Barclays Premier League.

The dismissal of the manager comes on a good day for Liverpool's England international players as Andy Carroll was surprisingly named in the 23-man squad for Euro 2012, Steven Gerrard was named as captain for the tournament while Glen Johnson was included ahead of Micah Richards. Jordan Henderson is one of the five standby players.

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez and former Reds boss Rafael Benitez are the early front-runners to fill the vacancy according to various bookmakers.


Click here to listen to the views of BBC Sport's Joe Wilson on Dalglish's exit

Click here to listen to Kenny Dalglish's last interview as Liverpool manager

Click here to watch Dalglish's first press conference in his second spell as Reds boss

Click here to watch Kenny Dalglish announce his resignation at end of first spell in 1991

Click here to look back on Kenny Dalglish's second reign as Liverpool manager


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