Dalglish Signs New Contract with Liverpoolby Jack Kitson / 12 May 2011, 13:58Tweet
English Football's worst kept secret is out: Kenny Dalglish has committed himself to Liverpool by signing a three-year contract with the club. First team coach Steve Clarke has also put pen to paper and signed a similar deal. The Liverpool legend has been in temporary charge of Liverpool since replacing Roy Hodgson in January, and has been praised with spearheading a remarkable change in form for the Reds, who have shot up the table since he took over. The news is sure to excite Liverpool fans up and down the country, with many of whom confident that this is the man who can lead them to league glory for the first time since 1990.
In contrast to Hodgson, whose ill-fated spell in charge saw only seven wins in 20 games, Dalglish has overseen ten wins in 16 matches, with a win percentage of 63%. The Scot has installed buckets of belief and confidence in the club's underperforming players and has employed an attractive blend of attacking football, resulting in a catalogue of impressive performances. Liverpool have gone from 12th to 5th place in the league, with their second-half of the season form only second to Chelsea. Dalglish will have the summer to figure out how Liverpool can get back in contention for Champions League qualification, following a two year absence from the competition. In the meantime Liverpool potentially have a Europa League campaign to look forward to next season if they can beat Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Sunday.
Dalglish, of course, had a hugely successful playing career at Liverpool, winning seven league titles, three European Cups, one FA Cup and four League Cups. In addition the Scot managed the club from 1985-1991, where he won three league titles and two FA Cups. Importantly, the 60-year-old has tasted Premier League success as a manager, when he guided Blackburn Rovers to the trophy in 1995. Liverpool are currently riding high on a wave of euphoria but when this wave breaks and results don't start going their way, will the fans turn on Dalglish or give him their full backing?
Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool Specials with Sky Bet
6/1 - To win Premier League Manager of the Year 2011/12
8/1 - Wins the Premier League 2011/12
7/4 - To finish above Man Utd 2011/12 season
6/4 - Top 4 Finish 2011/12
5/4 - To win any trophy 2011/12 (Premier League, FA Cup, Carling Cup, Europa League)
1/2 - To see out 3 year contract
6/4 - Not to see out 3 year contract