Liverpool manager decision could impact a generation, says Barnes

The identity of the new Liverpool manager could affect the club for 20 years, former Reds and England winger John Barnes has warned. According to the Liverpool Echo, Barnes has said Fenway Sports Group, the owners of the club, have to get the decision right or face damaging the club for a generation.

Kenny Dalglish was sacked earlier in May and a new manager has yet to be appointed despite a host of names being approached, with a number also turning down the club’s advances. The Echo notes that FSG are intent of establishing a new structure at Anfield by appointing a technical director to work with a young manager, and Barnes feels that if this is the structure favoured by John W. Henry and his fellow board members, they have to stick to it for the foreseeable future.

Barnes said: “If the club believes in a new philosophy they need to stick with it, regardless of how well or badly we do in the short term. If it takes two, three or four years to fulfil the plan then we need to give the club time…If we keep changing the manager, the players or the system…we could be waiting another 20 years [to win the league].

The former England international added that the club’s intentions would become clearer once a new manager was in place, and that he felt an appointment would be made within the next few weeks.

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