Liverpool insist decision to appoint Dalglish was not a mistake

The owners of Liverpool have insisted their decision to appoint Kenny Dalglish on a permanent basis a year ago was not a mistake, despite having this week sacked the iconic former striker, the Daily Mail has reported.

Dalglish has his contract terminated following a meeting with John W. Henry and the Fenway Sports Group after a season that saw Liverpool slip to eighth in the table, 37 points off the top two and 17 adrift of the Champions League places. Dalglish did deliver the Reds’ first silverware in six years with a Carling Cup penalty shootout victory over Cardiff City, but Liverpool were defeated by Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

The club’s managing director Ian Ayre has moved to defend the appointment of Dalglish in the first place, arguing that the former Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United manager deserves credit for putting the club back on an even keel after Roy Hodgson’s reign. Ayre said: “It absolutely wasn’t a mistake and couldn’t be further from it. He was the person who galvanised everyone around such a difficult time, he brought people together, he brought the club, the fans and the players together.

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