KENNY DALGLISH has pledged to do his best to keep smiles on the faces of Liverpool fans for as long as he can after signing a three-year contract to become the club’s manager on a permanent basis.
Weeks of speculation were ended yesterday when it was announced the 60-year-old Scot had signed a deal to stay on, along with coach Steve Clarke.
As far as the man voted the club’s greatest player is concerned, a second spell as permanent boss is a duty and an obligation he has been waiting for almost since the moment he resigned just over 20 years ago.
There was no triumphalism or rash promises made, only a pledge to continue working to improve the club in the manner he has done since replacing Roy Hodgson four months ago.
“We are delighted it has gone as well as it has done. Steve is as important as I am to the club – we came in as a partnership and he has made a great contribution,” said Dalglish.
“For it to go so well has really been enjoyable for us.
“The place is much more stable now than it was before, the supporters have smiles on their faces and it is up to us to keep them there as long as we can.”
Director of football Damien Comolli, who back in January had been charged with finding the next permanent manager, admitted he did not even start looking.
The Frenchman said such was the turnaround in results – only Chelsea have accrued more points than Liverpool since the turn of the year – which lifted the club from 12th to fifth it was pointless even considering finding anyone else.
“We didn’t look around. Very early on we knew Kenny was the right person and, along with Steve, we had the right coaching staff behind him,” he said.
“We were talking about man-management, playing style and attacking football and that is exactly what we have seen.
“And the reason no one was linked with the job was because it was a ‘no-brainer’.
The club’s principal owner John Henry admitted just working with Dalglish had been enough to convince him they had made the right choice.
“Kenny is a legendary Liverpool figure, both as a supremely gifted footballer and successful manager,” he said.
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