After a shake-up at the dwindling club that saw Director of Football Damien Comolli and sports science head Dr Peter Brukner fired, Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has been informed by the club's owners that he will keep his job at Anfield.
This news comes after many fans expected that Dalglish would be axed following an incredibly poor run of results for the club, but chairman Tom Werner has insisted that this would not be the case, saying: “It’s fair to say no supporter would be delighted with the results we’ve achieved this year, but we’ve got great confidence in Kenny. We feel the team is going to make strides in the future and he enjoys our full support.
However, Werner also acknowledged the clubs shortcomings this season and made it clear that things at Anfield needed to change, saying: "we are a club that needs to be perceived as the strongest club in football and we want to get there.”
Comolli was axed yesterday (April 12) after 18 months with the club, with his "failure to implement the club's strategy" the reason given by Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool's owners, for his dismissal. These changes were made just 48 hours prior to Liverpool's crucial FA Cup semi-final with rivals Everton (April 14), a game which may be even more important for Dalglish than it is for his squad.
Because despite lifting the Carling Cup and reaching the final four of the FA Cup, Liverpool's Premier League season has been anything but triumphant, with them having won just three of their fourteen games in 2012. An FA Cup victory will surely give the club's owners more confidence in Dalglish's questionable managerial ability and help strengthen what can only be presumed is a shaky grasp that 'King Kenny' has on his role in the club.
Speaking on whether or not he felt his position with Liverpool was under threat, Dalglish said: “My concern is and always will be the football club. That is the most important thing here, not who owns it, not who works at it. We were concerned when we came in at the beginning that the football club moved forward. The football club has moved forward.
“Decisions are made every week about the running of the football club and it’s the owners’ prerogative to make those decisions. I don’t think there’s anything that is going to get in the way of our preparations for the game on Saturday. The players will be fully focused on it, as staff we are fully focused on it.
“The reasons for Damien going are there. He hasn’t gone because there was any problem with myself in a professional or personal relationship.”