Kevin and Kenny – A Tale Of Two Messiahs
When you do as bad a job as Kenny Dalglish has done this time around at Anfield, it must at least be one small comfort when you have plenty mates in the press who will argue against all known evidence in blind support.
A bit of a contrast to the treatment of Kevin Keegan over the years, especially at Newcastle. Despite only Keegan and Sir Bobby managing to stick around for any length of time, the press often want to try and hold KK up for ridicule despite the transformation he wrought at St.James’ Park. Mainly for having the audacity to hand in his resignation instead of the time honoured route of run the club into the ground and wait for a tidy pay-off.
The fact that Liverpool have ‘sacked’ Dalglish says a lot to me, it seems inconceivable that the owners didn’t first go to him and ask him to go after ‘mutually agreeing’, refusing to accept the mess he had made and no doubt ensuring a significant ill-earned pay-off.
Dalglish has spent around £115m in little over a year and if he was following the ‘Moneyball’ theory (buying players who will increase in value) then he must have read the book upside down. Fees of £35m Carroll, £23m Suarez, Downing £20, Henderson £16m, Adam £6m, Coates £7m and Jose £6m.
Arguably not a single player will have gone up in value as Suarez might be a real talent but he comes from the Barton/Tevez school of charm.
Dalglish succeeded Keegan as a player at Liverpool and then ruined the team that Kevin built as manager at St.James’ Park.
I’ve never forgiven him for that and it is little comfort that he may have possibly done an even worse job at Anfield.
Only last year a journalist wrote; ‘His 20 months at Newcastle United are the only part of Kenny Dalglish’s career that came anywhere near failure….’, well I think they’d better be getting those history books rewritten.
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