Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Dalglish may take Liverpool job

Anfield icon Kenny Dalglish has been handed the responsibility of selecting Liverpool’s next manager.





There may, however, be a shock return to the post he vacated 19 years ago. Dalglish — now a club ambassador — has emerged as a contender to succeed Rafael Benitez and is the favoured choice of many, including ex-team-mates.

“I would have thought Kenny would be heavily involved and quite rightly so — maybe not just in choosing the manager but holding the fort in the meantime,” said former Reds defender Mark Lawrenson, now a BBC pundit.

Dalglish is the last manager to win a league title with Liverpool and whoever the new boss is will be given the remit of bringing the crown back to Anfield.

Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill won the Scottish title with Celtic and — as revealed in the Belfast Telegraph last month — is the frontrunner to be in charge at Liverpool next season.

Roy Hodgson’s relative success at Fulham in guiding them to the Europa League final makes him a runner and he has admirers at Anfield.

Although a former Manchester United star, Mark Hughes is also understood to be a contender.

Long gone are the days when Liverpool promoted from within their own ‘boot-room’ with Bob Paisley following Bill Shankly and Joe Fagan then taking charge, and it remains unlikely that the next boss will be someone with a Liverpool background.

Steve Nicol, a stalwart in the success-filled era of the 1980s, is an outsider. He has been managing New England Revolution in the USA for the last eight years.

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