• Premier League

Kenny Dalglish sacked by Liverpool

ESPN staff
May 16, 2012

Liverpool have parted company with manager Kenny Dalglish.

The Scot's future had been in doubt in recent days, with the Reds passing no comment that he had left his position following talks with the club's owners in Boston this week.

Dalglish returned to England to further speculation about his future and the club have confirmed he has left Anfield.

A statement from Liverpool read: "Fenway Sports Group (FSG) and Liverpool Football Club announced that Kenny Dalglish is to leave his post today as manager after having his contract terminated.

"After a careful and deliberative review of the season, the club came to the decision that a change was appropriate. It is not a decision that was reached lightly or hastily."

Reds owner John W Henry said: "Kenny will always be more than a championship-winning manager, more than a championship-winning star player. He is in many ways the heart and soul of the club. He personifies everything that is good about Liverpool Football Club. He has always put the club and its supporters first. Kenny will always be a part of the family at Anfield."

Dalglish replaced Roy Hodgson as Reds manager in 2011 and embarked on a major spending spree. He brought in the likes of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez and secured Carling Cup glory, but he has paid the price for their disappointing efforts in the Premier League.

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner said: "Kenny came into the club as manager at our request at a time when Liverpool Football Club really needed him. He didn't ask to be manager; he was asked to assume the role. He did so because he knew the club needed him. He did more than anyone else to stabilise Liverpool over the past year-and-a-half and to get us once again looking forward. We owe him a great debt of gratitude. However, results in the Premier League have been disappointing and we believe to build on the progress that has already been made, we need to make a change."

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has been linked with replacing Dalglish and Latics chairman Dave Whelan has already admitted it would be an attractive proposition.

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