Friday, March 18, 2011

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish set to be offered permanent deal

Liverpool’s caretaker boss Kenny Dalglish has began negotiations with the clubs owners over extending his time in the managerial hot seat.

Principle owner John W Henry and club chairman Tom Werner met with Dalglish following the Reds exit from the Europa League at the hands of Portuguese outfit Braga on Thursday to begin negotiations over handing the Scot the managers job on a permanent basis.

Since replacing Roy Hodgson in January Dalglish has impressed in his caretaker role in charge of the Merseyside outfit, taking Liverpool to sixth place in the league and bringing stability to the club after a rocky seven months which has seen the departure of two managers and a set of owners.

Henry and Werner are believed to be ready to offer Dalglish a two-year contract despite the fact that the stand-in manager was speculated to want a more lengthy deal. It is unlikely however that Dalglish will turn down the offer to take the job he initially stated his interest in last summer following the departure of Rafael Benitez.

Since his appointment both Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez have been brought in to help bolster a Liverpool squad which struggled throughout the first-half of the season. Similar or greater transfer activity is expected to be sanctioned by Fenway Sports Group – the clubs owners – in the summer, with Dalglish having to work with Liverpool’s Director of Football Strategy Damien Comolli to identify potential targets.

Initially FSG were believed to be interested in appointing a young manager who was both experienced and willing to work with a director of football, with Jurgen Klopp of Dortmund, Porto’s Andres Villas-Boas and Marseille’s Didier Deschamps all touted as potential candidates to take over the position in the summer.

However Dalglish’s performance thus far - which has seen Liverpool win away to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and comfortably push aside Manchester United at Anfield - has made the clubs owners reconsider their position, with any attempts to replace Dalglish having the potential to seriously damage their stock amongst Liverpool’s supporters.


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