Liverpool finally announce new manager
When Liverpool chairman, Thomas Werner, announced Kenny Dalglish had been sacked, rumours surrounding who was to be the next manager exploded throughout the world. Sacked by the Reds for a disappointing league campaign after 18 months on the job – in which he managed to lose the faith of the board. A statement on the club's official website read: "Fenway Sports Group (FSG) and Liverpool Football Club announce 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. The search for a new Manager will begin immediately."
However, it has now been two weeks since the sacking of Dalglish, and the club were still without a manager yesterday morning. A number of big names were being bounced around by the press as they attempted to guess the Liverpool manager. The Daily Telegraph reported rumours that Rafa Benitez was on the verge on resigning with his former club, but Benitez quickly rejected them, and then abruptly signed with rivals Chelsea.
Werner caused an upset among Swansea fans and officials, and Brendan Rodgers left the club, expecting to sign with Liverpool. The Welsh club were promoted to the Premier League this season under the guidance of Rodgers, but when Liverpool came calling, he just couldn’t reject them. However, Werner then told him he had chosen not to sign him. By then, it was too late for Rodgers. Swansea acted fast to get the signature of Michael Laudrup, and had already confirmed their new man when Rodgers asked to return to them. The American owner was repeatedly criticised by the press, but rejected the notion that it was his fault for Rodgers leaving Swansea.
He soon signed his own man though. At 11.am yesterday morning, Liverpool sent out a press release announcing their new boss. 33 year old Englishman, Chris Blackett, was the man he had chosen. Why? Nobody knows. The unproven ex-ice hockey player has no credentials what-so-ever. It has been rumoured he is on a one-year contract, worth £44,000 a week. It is yet to be seen in what direction this young, but passionate, Blackett takes Liverpool in. . . .