When Kenny Daglish returned, everything seemed to be in place for a major challenge for the English Premier League title after years of repeatedly saying: “This is our year.”
A powerful transfer kitty was handed to Kenny Daglish as he succeeded now England manager Roy Hodgson back in January after owner John W Henry deemed his reign was not up to scratch.
Dalglish is meeting Henry on Tuesday to discuss the managerial situation at the Anfield club.
The Scot flew to the USA with assistant Steve Clarke and held talks with FSG officials in Boston on Monday before meeting Henry as rumours began to circulate regarding Dalglish’s future.
Liverpool have refused to comment on reports Dalglish is on the brink of leaving his role as manager as the Reds assess their way forward following a disappointing Premier League season. They suffered their 14th league defeat of a poor campaign on Sunday, a 1-0 reverse at Swansea.
Dalglish delivered Liverpool’s first silverware in six years – the Carling Cup – and guided the Reds to the FA Cup final.
But the Americans are desperate to challenge for the Premier League title and play in the UEFA Champions League.
A Reign from Spain?
As it stands, Roberto Martinez is the man in demand and seems to be linked with all clubs who may need a manager and is the early favourite to take over at Liverpool with SkyBet offering 2/1.
Martinez, who rejected Aston Villa last summer, has been linked with Liverpool after securing an eighth Premier League season for Wigan.
The Spaniard added:
“There is another manager in that job, no, I’m not going to lie to you, I like the speculation. But we (Wigan) need to make sure we carry on with the progress we’ve been making.”
With Mr Henry wanting to see Champions League football back at Anfield, he may look to a man who delivered not just memorable nights on Merseyside but a more memorable night in Istanbul.
Rafael Benitez’s reign at Liverpool came to a sour end, some might say, but that has not stopped him from being installed at 3/1 by SkyBet to take over from the floundering Daglish.
Following Andre Villas-Boas’ departure from Stamford Bridge, Benitez threw his hat into the ring hinting that he may be ready for a return to the Premier League. He said he was “happy to wait ten years to manage Liverpool again” but maybe it won’t be that long.
“I’m waiting for a good offer in England, my family is settled here and I didn’t have the right offer so far. I’m not worried about it, I need to find the right club and the right project.”
One of the teams of the season has by far been that of Welsh club Swansea City and their manager Brendan Rodgers has come in for some praise after his tactics and game-play led to him being touted as the next Tottenham manager if Harry Redknapp left for England.
Rodgers will be mentioned around Premier League clubs as successor to any boss that falls short of board expectations and whether that leads to him becoming Liverpool’s man is a 12/1 shot with Paddy Power.
This is good value for money as Rodgers is a talented manager and maybe he would not be able to withstand the temptation to take over at one of the most wealthy and successful clubs in Europe.