Wednesday, January 8, 2014

8 January 2011 - The Return Of The King

On 8 January 2011, Kenny Dalglish took charge of Liverpool for the second time, replacing sacked manager Roy Hodgson.

A star striker for the club from 1977 to 1990, with 169 goals in 355 appearances, six league titles, and three European Cups, Dalglish, nicknamed "King Kenny," served as player-manager there from 1985 to 1990, then spent another season as the full-time boss. But in February 1991, despite a successful run, he stepped down, saying that the stress of the position was taking too great a toll.

He returned to management that October with Blackburn Rovers and led them to the Premier League title in 1995, then stepped down again. Short spells followed with Newcastle (1997-98) and Celtic (2000) before he returned to Liverpool in 2009 to work with their youth academy.

When manager Rafa Benítez left in June 2010, Dalglish helped choose Roy Hodgson to succeed him. But when the club fired Hodgson that January, they offered the post to Dalglish as caretaker, then made the position permanent later that May with a three-year contract.

Although he enjoyed some success, including winning the League Cup in 2012, poor form in the league led to his sacking in May 2012. He remains involved with the club, however, and currently serves as a director.

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