FA Cup would not have saved Dalglish at Liverpool, admits Henry

Liverpool owner John W. Henry has confirmed former manager Kenny Dalglish would have been sacked even if he had delivered the FA Cup to the club, reports the Daily Mail.

The former Liverpool player was dismissed from his second spell at Anfield after steering the club to a Carling Cup final victory, though their Premier League campaign saw them finish eighth and manage only six victories in 19 games at home – their worst performance at Anfield for 50 years.

Speaking during Liverpool’s tour of the United States, Henry said: “The FA Cup would not have made any difference had he won it, no, no. We were 17th (in the form table) over the second half of the season and Liverpool should not be in that position.

Many speculated that had Liverpool beaten Chelsea in the FA Cup final, Dalglish would have remained in his post. However, the poor club’s poor league form was ultimately his downfall and he was sacked just three days after the end of the season, with Brendan Rodgers succeeding him and his backroom staff.

Henry also suggested that the response from players made the Scottish manager’s position untenable, telling journalists: “I think you could say the response to Kenny and Steve [Clarke] was lacking, the play was lacking, so that entered into our considerations.

Liverpool are currently on a pre-season tour of America, hoping to increase their exposure in the country following Henry’s takeover in 2010.

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