The King is back again! Having left Liverpool in the summer of 2012, Kenny Dalglish has been asked to return to Liverpool again, but this time not as a manager but as a director.
Liverpool announced on Friday that King Kenny would join the club’s board of directors with immediate effect. Liverpool’s owner, John W Henry has revealed his delight at having Kenny back and explains that Dalglish’s intelligence, experience and knowledge are key to his return.
“I am delighted to welcome Kenny Dalglish back to Anfield,” Henry told Liverpoolfc.com.
“Kenny is a towering figure in the history of Liverpool Football Club. Along with Bill Shankly, he embodies what the club stands for.
“As a player and a manager, Kenny established his position as a football great. But that is only half the story. His compassion and leadership in the immediate aftermath of Hillsborough brought great solace to the families of the 96. His support of the campaign for justice since 1989 has been unfailing and inspirational and has given him a status that goes far beyond that of a mere sporting figure.
“However, the return of Kenny Dalglish is not about the past. We are building for the future. From the dressing room to the boardroom, we are creating a structure that will take Liverpool back to the top. It is not an easy task. Kenny brings the sort of intelligence, experience and knowledge that will help us reach our goals.
“Tom, Ian, Brendan and I along with every single Liverpool supporter, staff member and player want to welcome back Kenny with the same warmth and depth of feeling that he has shown for his club over these decades.”
There is no getting rid of Dalglish, he will always be part of Liverpool and it is great to see him come back and take up a role on the board. It is highly unlikely that Dalglish will be involved in on the field matters and I am sure he himself would want to stay clear from getting into Brendan Rodger’s way.
Chants of “Dalglish! Dalglish!” from the Kop ultimately led to Roy Hodgson getting the sack at Liverpool and being replaced by Dalglish when things were going horribly wrong for the Reds on the field. Hopefully the Kop does not start with those chants again when the side is going through a bumpy patch and instead we continue to show support to Brendan Rodgers.