Belfast Telegraph

Dalglish reports to Liverpool owners

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has flown to the United States to deliver his end-of-season review and have talks with the club's owners.

As is the usual practice following the end of a campaign, which finished with a 14th league defeat at Swansea on Sunday, the Reds boss had been required to prepare a report detailing the past 10 months.

But with all Fenway Sports Group's senior figures based in Boston Dalglish has flown over to speak with principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner, Press Association Sport understands.

The move will no doubt intensify speculation about the 61-year-old's future after a disappointing season, although the significance of his trip has been played down in some quarters as just another part of the review process.

Dalglish's report, which has had input from other backroom staff, will make interesting reading for the club's owners Fenway Sports.

But it remains to be seen how much they are inclined to agree with the Scot's assessment of his reign since January 2011, which three months ago brought a first trophy for six years, as being "not too bad" considering the significant investment the Americans have made during that time.

In the last month FSG's restructuring of the club has led to the departures of director of football Damien Comolli, head of sports science Peter Brukner and, on Friday, director of communications Ian Cotton.

Sunday reports suggested Dalglish's future was up in the air with FSG casting admiring glances towards Wigan manager Roberto Martinez. And while Dalglish is looking forward to some time off over the summer he will be hoping he does not get more than he bargained for.

"I think everyone needs a break, no matter what job you do - everyone needs a holiday," he said.

"You look forward to the games when you're working and you look forward to having a bit of respite when you're not working. But it's very seldom, even during the summer, you get a day off any way. You're normally on the phone doing something. I'll get away but the phone is never switched off and there are very few days when you don't answer some calls."


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