Kenny Dalglish has signed a new permanant contract that will keep him as manager of Liverpool for the next three years, the club have today confirmed.
Dalglish had originally taken over in a caretaker capacity following the disappointing start to the season under Roy Hodgson, but a run of form that has seen the Reds move up to 5th place in the league has convinced the club owners to offer him a permanant deal. Assitant manager Steve Clarke has also been offered a new contract.
Owner John Henry told the official Liverpool website: “Kenny is a legendary Liverpool figure both as a supremely gifted footballer and successful manager. Since returning in January he has shown extraordinary leadership and the ability to bring the best out of so many people associated with the Club.
“It was obvious to us very early on that the atmosphere surrounding the Club had been transformed by his presence. No one else could have produced such a response. Therefore, I’m delighted we have agreed to a new contract. We didn’t need nor want to look elsewhere for the right man to manage the team.”
Dalglish also spoke of his delight at finally signing the much anticipated deal: “I said when I took the job on in January that I was just happy to help the Club out for the remainder of the season. Now the owners have decided in their wisdom that they want me to stay a little longer and it’s fantastic news for both myself and Steve Clarke that we have signed these contracts.”