Another victim has been added to the list of people claimed by the Liverpool football club owner. Fenway Sports Group fired Kenny Dalglish in May this year. It was a shocking and unexpected development that attracted a lot of attention. Likewise Damien Comolli the director of football and Peter Brukner the head of medicine and sport science were also fired earlier this year.
Kenny Dalglish has departed suddenly at a press conference, without making anything obvious. His colleagues were shocked when they came to learn about the unfortunate unfolding of events. They all expressed their concerns about the unexpected scenario. However, Liverpool tickets are still being sold. Fans are still looking forward to the next match.
The reason for his sudden exit from the club remains unclear. It does seem however that his being fired was a price he paid for the anticipated damage to the club’s reputation. Kenny Dalglish was not able to handle the race row (Luis Suarez-Patrice Evra) this season.
Recently the FSG seems to have gotten a little ruthless. However, a lot of morale-boosting has been going on after Kenny Dalglish’s departure. We are yet to see if chanting the name of their manager helps the players. Besides, the big question we need answers to whether the FGS is listening to these chants. What is the FGS going to do about it?
It is quite obvious that Liverpool has fallen back this season, whatever the reason may be. The FGS will have to seek answers for the under-achievements so far. What is the source of the problem? Will the problem be rectifiable even if the reason for demoralization is found? There are lots of speculations about what fans should expect to see this season.
The last thing the FGS needs right now is an upheaval from the players. Giving Kenny Dalglish a new contract for three years doesn’t seem to be the right choice at the moment. The risk with this is that he might get more time to build a future with his own choice of players (that are bought). Even though they will have potential he will need 12 months to get the players back on the path to success.
It is better in the interest of FSG to examine the problem at hand rather than playing the blame game. This leads us the big question: “Who is Kenny Dalglish’s replacement and where is he?”
Damien Comolli (the director of football) was fired three days before the match against Everton. The FA Cup semi-final was one of the most important events of the season and Comolli’s getting fired just then came as a huge blow. This led to the need to find a replacement within the shortest time. The decision was taken instantly to ensure that the replacement can adjust in good time.
Even after a month, the post still remains unfilled. At the same time, we cannot ignore the most disturbing fact. It’s been nineteen months since the takeover. There still is no significant sign that the stadium that the Reds need will be arranged anytime soon. Without this the Reds cannot compete with their rivals financially.
Besides all this, it is yet another fact that a pitch is not the only thing needed to improve the state of the team. The team has talent, and has proved time and time again that despite all these challenges they are winners.
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