Dalglish keen to give Rodgers space
Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has marked his return to the club as a director by insisting that manager Brendan Rodgers will remain “100 percent” in charge of team affairs.
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Dalglish was made a non-executive director on Friday night -- 17 months after his second spell as manager ended with him being sacked.
The former Reds boss accepted the invitation from the club’s American owners Fenway Sports Group following discussions with Rodgers and managing director Ian Ayre.
It is the second time Dalglish has rejoined the club since his first stint as manager ended with his resignation in 1991. He returned in an ambassadorial role -- and to work at the club’s youth academy -- in July 2009, but ended up replacing Roy Hodgson as boss in January 2011.
Dalglish, though, insists that he fully supports Rodgers, and has no desire for another crack at the Liverpool manager’s job.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “If you’re coming back to help the football club in any way, you certainly don’t want to come back to hinder. We’ll be in close proximity but Brendan is in charge of the team 100 percent.
“It’s nothing to do with me. I’m here to be of help to anybody; if he wants to have a conversation, I’m here to do as I’m told or asked to do, and that suits me fine.”
Dalglish, who was at Anfield to watch Saturday’s 3-1 Premier League victory over Crystal Palace, revealed that he sought Rodgers’ approval before taking up the director’s role.
He said: “The most important person in me coming back was Brendan. The manager is more important than I am and his position was more important to me than my position.
“You could fully understand if the manager wasn’t in agreement with it. If he wasn’t, he would never have known I’d been asked. That was the most important thing for me, the fact that people within the club knew I was coming back and wanted me to come back and I wasn’t standing on anybody’s toes.”
Dalglish won eight league titles, two FA Cups and three European Cups as a player and manager during his first stint at Liverpool, between 1977 and 1991.
After replacing Hodgson as manager, he won the League Cup in 2012, as well as guiding the club to that year’s FA Cup final.
However, he was sacked in May 2012 after Liverpool ended the season eighth in the Premier League -- their lowest finish since 1994 -- and was replaced by Rodgers.