The Candidates for Liverpool’s New Permanent Manager

Posted: April 19, 2011 in English Premier League
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Roy Hodgson’s disastrous 6 month reign came to end in January, after he left the club by mutual consent. The owners, immediately, appointed the 59 year old Liverpool Icon Kenny Dalglish as its Caretaker Manager till the end of season.
Things have gradually improved,both on and off field for the club. Under Dalglish, the club has earned 23 points from 12 games, as compared to 25 points from 20 games under Roy Hodgson. Going by the points per game, if Dalglish had been appointed at the start of the season, Liverpool would be sitting in the Top 4 right now. The fans want Dalglish to be appointed on a permanent basis.

However, there has been no clear response from the owners to this demand. Tom Werner,chairman, said that Dalglish is certainly one of the candidates. In this article, we attempt to look at and analyse the possible candidates for the post of Liverpool Manager.

1.) Kenneth Dalglish


He used to be the best striker of the League in the 80s. He became
Liverpool’s first(and currently,only) player-manager in 1985. In his
tenure as manager, he won 10 titles for the club. He has also had
successful stints with Blackburn Rovers (1995) and somewhat less successful stints with Newcastle (1997-98) amd Celtic (1999-2000).

According to critics,Kenny is more of a motivator rather than a tactician. However, after Liverpool’s recent revival. one cannot question his methods. His age can act as a drawback as he won’t fulfill the owners’ “long term” criteria, he is still the crowd favourite and the best bet to takeover as permanent manager of Liverpool. His infusion of players from the Academy into the senior set up will also aid the club in its long term objectives.

2.) Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho

The self proclaimed “Special One” has won 2 UEFA Champions League titles with two different clubs. Since 2002, Mourinho has not gone a full season or a calendar year without winning at least one trophy. Mourinho has been a successful manager at FC Porto,Chelsea and Inter Milan. He has yet to win a title with his current club Real Madrid, but is in the final of the Copa del Ray and the Semi Final’s of the Champions League (Both ties against Barcelona).
However, after reports of a fallout between Mourinho and the Real Madrid Board, Mourinho stated that he is open to the idea of a possible Premier League return. Mourinho is a smart tactician and a brilliant strategist. He is 48 and
hence,quite young. However, his tendency to spend and his controversial nature might act as a deterrent to his appointment by theLiverpool board.

3). Andre Villas Boas

A former significant member of Mourinho’s coaching staff, Andre Villas Boas did wonders with a relegation battling side Academica. Under him, the weak side went to the semis of the Portugese League Cup in 2009-2010. He is currently the

André Villas Boas

manager of F.C Porto,once managed by his mentor Jose Mourinho. With an impressive win record at both-Domestic and Europe- Boas is tipped to be the biggest competition to Dalglish.  He’s beaten Mourinho’s record at Porto by going 36 matches unbeaten in all competitions (33 under Mourinho)
The current owners of Liverpool,FSG, are known to give opportunities to young and relatively unknown faces. They appointed an inexperienced and young Theo Epstein as the General Manager of Boston Red Sox
Baseball Club. The Red Sox have,since performed exceptionally well. With rival clubs like Manchester United,Real Madrid and Machester City already eying him, the owners will really have to think over this 33
year old “boy genius”.

4.) Martin O’Neill

He was the bookies’ favourite to succeed Gerard Houllier and then Rafa Benitez One of the best motivators in the game, he is known to bring out the best in his players. He is an economical manager and is best known for his 5 years with

Martin ONeil

Aston Villa. Under him,Villa became the most consistent team in the Premier League and one of the “dark
horses”. Though,his chances are very less, the owners will definitely consider him.

Other potential candidates could be Guus Hiddink,Owen Coyle,Didier Deschamps,Louis van Gaal,Frank Rijkaard and a possible return of Rafael Benitez, who still remains a fan’s favourite.

NOTE:- We’d like to thank Indroneil Biswas for writing this article for TheFootballGig.

  1. anmol says:

    kenny should succeed.. he has shown tht apart frm being a gud motivator he is also tactically vry sound.. victory against man utd was just an example of it when he choked the supply for manu strikers by crowding the midfield.. playin johnson at left.. victory against chelsea playin 5-3-2.. and potential candidates shuld include jurgen klopp…

  2. Indroneil says:

    Klopp too yes..personally,I’d love to see either Kenny Dalglish or Andre Villas Boas

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