King Kenny Back in the Dugout

Posted on January 9, 2011 by

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The inevitable finally happened, and Roy Hodgson was dismissed of his duties at Anfield. The 3-1 hammering at Blackburn proved too much, the final straw for NESV. Kenny Dalglish has been appointed interim boss until the end of the season, a steering job until the summer. In the short term, it should improve results as the players, fans and management will be all be pulling in the same direction. The division between Hodgson and the fans was a massive problem for Liverpool, more so than the shocking results.

Hodgsons reign will be remembered for the home defeats to Blackpool and Wolves, and shocking away performances. The highlights in a forgettable 25 games or so for Hodgson would be a quick fire double over Bolton and a 2-0 victory over Chelsea. Hodgson describing the recent 2-1 win over Bolton as “an historic win” A scrappy last minute win against a depleted Bolton a historic win? Really Roy? The interviews with Hodgson were becoming increasing depressing; describing Northampton Town as “formidable opponents” makes me shudder.

I had changed my stance over Hodgson after we were outplayed and beaten at home to bottom side Wolves. Hodgson’s regimental style, was turning fans away, a mere 35,000 fans were in attendance to see our “Historic Win” over Bolton. Now the owners have turned to Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish to lead the team, which could be seen as a bit of gamble. Football rarely has room for sentiment, should the unthinkable happen and appointing Kenny doesn’t improve results and performances, where do we go from here?

Although, I have confidence in Kenny and the board to make the right decisions. The January transfer window should see some new players arrive, although the Robert Huth rumour is quite worrying. It will be interesting to see what tactics Kenny will employ; I hope he changes from the 442 system which Roy preferred.

It’s clear to see that Torres is much more effective when playing in a 4231 system, with Gerrard playing just behind him with a license to roam and the defensive shackles off. I would like to see Lucas and Meireles sitting behind Cole, Gerrard and Kuyt with Torres leading the line. Players like Babel, Maxi, Pacheco and Ngog would give different options and energy from the bench, a few wins under the belt and suddenly things don’t look so bad.

The decision to appoint Kenny until the end of the season rules out Ralf Rangnick for taking over, in my eyes anyway. Ralf is currently unemployed and was my selection to take over from Hodgson, but if NESV felt the same surely he would be taking over already. This leads me to believe that Didier Deschamps or Andre Villa Boas would be the front runners in taking over in the summer. Even Owen Coyle could be a possibility, although I would favour Deschamps or Villa Boas.

Just as long as Martin O’Neill isn’t given the keys to the manager’s office at Anfield in the summer, I will be a happy man.

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