Liverpool: Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish says there will be no regrets even if the club’s owners decide to relieve him of his duties.
Dalglish has had some success since his return to Anfield, lifting the League Cup and earning a place in the FA Cup final, but Liverpool’s poor performances in the Premier League have prompted the club's American owners to ponder whether he is the right man to manage the side next season.
Director of Football Damien Comolli has already lost his job at Anfield under the say-so of John W Henry, and Dalglish’s position is by no means safe. However, the Scot believes the American owners have the right to sack him if they feel a new man is needed to take the club forward.
“I was asked to come back here and it was an honour and a privilege to do so. There was no hesitation in my decision, and if I was asked again tomorrow, I would do exactly the same thing," Dalglish told The Sunday Mirror. “For me, the aim was to move the club forward and that is what we’re all trying to do to the best of our ability. But if the progress stops, then something else needs to be looked at."
“Where the line is going to be drawn, I don’t know. I am sure that everyone will have set different targets that they would see as being progress. But the most important people here are the people who own the football club, and the people who support the football club. I think they will be better judges than anyone else.
“I don’t know whether winning the Carling Cup and reaching the FA Cup final means we have been successful. People have to judge for themselves and if they still want to batter me, that’s also up to them. It doesn’t matter what happens to Kenny Dalglish. All that matters is Liverpool Football Club. As long as this club doesn’t suffer, then that’s OK with me. I’ll just come into work every day, work as hard as I can and live up to my responsibilities – and we will see what happens from there.”
Liverpool’s failure to challenge for a Champions League place has not prevented their manager from claiming that the club exists to win trophies.
“The beliefs and philosophy that Bill Shankly put in place will never change at this football club. If that’s what Shanks believed, then maybe a few people should listen to him. The problem is the goalposts keep moving. Some people say that winning trophies is more important, other say it’s all about finishing in the top four. The overall view this season was to improve, give the supporters a bit of pride back and put a smile on their faces.”