Kenny Dalglish returns to Liverpool
Kenny Dalglish is rejoining Liverpool’s board after accepting an invitation from the club’s American owners.
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Dalglish is taking up a non-executive director role with immediate effect after talks with Fenway Sports Group, managing director Ian Ayre and manager Brendan Rodgers.
The move marks the 62-year-old’s return to Anfield, 17 months after his second spell as manager ended with his dismissal.
Dalglish spent 14 years with the club as player and manager during his first stint, arriving from Celtic in 1977 and winning eight league titles, two FA Cups and three European Cups before leaving in February 1991.
Having rejoined the club in an ambassadorial role – and to work at the club’s youth academy – in July 2009, Dalglish then replaced Roy Hodgson as manager in January 2011, winning the League Cup in 2012, as well as guiding the club to that year’s FA Cup final.
Dalglish said: “It is an honour and privilege to be asked to return to Liverpool as a director of the club.
“I have always said if there is anything I could do to help this club I would make myself available. When the call came, I had no hesitation.
“I am looking forward to working with the board of directors and contributing to the strategic issues that affect Liverpool Football Club.
“Liverpool has given me and my family so much since we came here just over 36 years ago and my priority is and will always be to have the club's best interests at heart.”
Dalglish’s success at Anfield has secured his status as one of the most popular figures in the club’s history.
John W. Henry, Liverpool’s principal owner, said: “Kenny has a unique relationship with our supporters and embodies everything that is special about Liverpool.
“We are proud and honoured to have him back at the Club he has represented with such distinction.”
Rodgers, who succeeded Dalglish as Liverpool boss in 2012, also welcomed the appointment.
He said: "When I met with Kenny to discuss this appointment, I was struck by the passion and drive he still has in wanting to see Liverpool return to where it should be -- one of the most successful clubs in the world.
“We are all together in that goal – owners and supporters, players and management and also icons such as Kenny Dalglish. I want people around us who have this club and what it stands for in their heart.”