|Dalglish's future has been the subject of conjecture following a disappointing Premier League campaign, with Liverpool finishing eighth after a series of poor results at Anfield.|
They did, though, lift the Carling Cup trophy, courtesy of a penalty shoot-out win over Cardiff, while they reached the FA Cup final, only to be beaten 2-1 by Chelsea.
Dalglish, accompanied by assistant Steve Clarke, travelled to Boston this week for talks with the club's owner, and speculation has subsequently intensified over whether he will be remaining as Liverpool manager.
ESPN sought to obtain clarity amid the rumours over Dalglish's future, but no comment was given - although an official statement is anticipated within the next 24 hours.
The Scot has come in for criticism after spending over £100 million on new players but failing to oversee a convincing challenge for a top-four finish in the Premier League.
I expect the press office just don't know and are waiting on the conclusion of today's talks like the rest of us.
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Dalglish and assistant Steve Clarke are known to have flown to the United States for talks with the club's owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner.
And numerous reports on Tuesday afternoon suggested Dalglish has left the club.
Liverpool suffered their 14th defeat of a hugely disappointing Premier League campaign on Sunday, a 1-0 reverse at Swansea.
Dalglish delivered their first silverware in six years - the Carling Cup - and guided the Reds to the FA Cup final.
But the Americans are desperate to challenge for the Premier League title and play in the Champions League.
In the last month the restructuring of the club has led to the departures of director of football Damien Comolli, head of sports science Peter Brukner and, on Friday, director of communications Ian Cotton.
And newspaper reports suggested the club's bosses are lining up Wigan manager Roberto Martinez to take over from Dalglish.
Defeat at Swansea meant Liverpool recorded their lowest total of top-flight league victories (14) and lowest points tally (52) since 1953-54.
They also scored the fewest league goals (47) for 20 years and an eighth-placed finish was their worst for 18 years.
Twitter and Facebook are running rampant this afternoon (Tuesday) with suggestions that Kenny Dalglish has stepped down as Liverpool boss following his meeting with the club owners in the USA. Liverpool have not issued any statements yet regarding this speculation but the Mirror is reporting that we should have an answer by 4pm today from the club.
The Mirror says: “Rumours to that effect were swirling on Twitter this morning and official word from the club is expected after the meeting breaks up, thought to be at around 4pm today.
Henry and Werner were expected on Meyseyside later this week to review the Reds’ season and plan the way ahead but Dalglish decided to fly to America to hasten the process.
Despite winning the Carling Cup, Henry and Werner are disappointed by Liverpool’s failure to get close to a Champions League place.”
It is understood that Dalglish and Clarke met with FSG officials yesterday and the important meeting with Henry is taking place today (Tuesday). Wouldn’t one love to be a fly on the wall for that one!
Tue 15/05/12 at 14:38
Don't want him to be sacked after such a terrible season which I think he can be overturn if given at least until January.
Think it will be decided today given that Kenny is in Boston and in a meeting which is confirmed by the club according to Twitter.
Tue 15/05/12 at 15:04
Announcement at 4pm apparently...
Tue 15/05/12 at 15:14
Announcement at 4pm apparently...
Where does it say this?
Edit: Never mind, I've just read the article
Tue 15/05/12 at 15:38
4PM US time or UK?
Tue 15/05/12 at 15:40
If there is an announcement at four I some how don't see it being LFC telling us 'everything is fine, Kenny is staying next season'
Tue 15/05/12 at 15:42
That ourkop site is awful, don't think they know anything looking at the speculative stuff they have said the last few weeks.
Tue 15/05/12 at 16:12
Ray Houghton insists Kenny Dalglish’s meeting with John W. Henry doesn’t necessarily mean his time at Anfield is up.
Reports emerged on Tuesday that the FSG chief is ready to end Dalglish’s second spell as Liverpool manager after a disastrous Premier League season.
But former Reds midfielder Houghton believes the talks could be about transfer policy for next season and claims some of the blame for the club’s poor season lies with the players.
The owners want to speak to Kenny Dalglish and Steve Clarke to find out how they’ve seen the season
— Ray Houghton
“If they were going to sack Kenny wouldn’t the meeting have taken place in England?” Houghton told Hawksbee and Jacobs. “They’d need to answer questions from the media and that [having the meeting in England] would be the easiest way of doing it.
“The owners want to speak to Kenny Dalglish and Steve Clarke to find out how they’ve seen the season. They’ll be asking them about the recruitment policy, the players that they’d brought in and what’s going on at the club.
"They’ll need to see where they need to strengthen and the players they want to bring in. Dalglish will want to know what’s available. There are a lot of talks still to be had.
“Dalglish deserves another year. Let’s see how these players he’s got in settle, they’ve got to two cup finals, I know their league position isn’t great but the performances were good. There were a lot of games at home that Liverpool didn’t get the results that their play deserved.
“Some of the players should be worried about their careers. Not a lot of the players that Dalglish has brought in have produced their best football this season.
“There’s going to be a lot of pressure on Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing and Jose Enrique. They’ve got to start showing their worth to Liverpool. Fans will give players time but once you’ve got your feet under the table then you have to start performing on a regular basis."http://www.talksport.co.uk/sports-news/football/premier-league/120515/exclusive-houghton-fsg-meeting-doesnt-mean-dalglish-will-be-sacked-172123?
Tue 15/05/12 at 17:27
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan says Aston Villa have not contacted the club to enquire about Roberto Martinez, and fully expects the manager to remain in charge at the DW Stadium.
Villa are searching for a new manager after dismissing Alex McLeish on Monday and Martinez is one of the names to have been linked with the vacant post.
Martinez was a target for Villa last summer before McLeish was appointed and has enhanced his reputation over the past 12 months by keeping the Latics in the Premier League.
The Spaniard has refused to be drawn on speculation connecting him with Villa and Whelan says there has been no approach at this stage.
"We haven't received any notification at all that Aston Villa want to talk to him about this job," Whelan told Sky Sports News.
"I am not aware of any approach coming from Aston Villa or any other club.
"Roberto and I have a complete understanding where we trust each other implicitly.
"If anything comes up Roberto will see me and I will be the first to know.
"We have a working relationship that is very upfront, open and honest."
Whelan has always insisted that he will never stand in Martinez's way if they both feel it is the right time for the 38-year-old to move on.
The chairman did not think Martinez was ready 12 months ago and believes he is still developing as a manager.
"If anybody approaches him, he will tell me because he knows that if I feel the club is right, and he feels the club is right for him, I will let him go and will back him to the hilt," said Whelan.
"Last year I personally did not think that Roberto was ready to step up to the challenge.
"I believe he is still on the learning curve, but he is a very quick learner, and he is going to go to a top club. That is for sure and I will back him when the time comes.
"I would like to keep Roberto, full stop, at Wigan, but that will be impossible because of how he has revolutionised Wigan again this year.
"We have great plans going forward at Wigan, and he is still very much a part of that."
Asked if he thought Martinez would be Wigan manager when the new Premier League season kicks off in August, Whelan concluded: "I would say at this particular time, definitely, yes."http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11661/7758712/Whelan-No-Villa-approach
Doesn't mention LFC at all .
Announcement at 4pm apparently...
Acoording to quite a few people the meeting was held on Monday and then KK went on his holiday , Steve Clarke stayed for an extra day and is going with John Henry and Tom Werner to the baseball before flying to Miami for his holiday.
Tue 15/05/12 at 19:53
LIVERPOOL manager Kenny Dalglish has returned from his trip to the United States to meet the club's owners but what the outcome of their discussions will be still remains unclear.
The Scot flew back to Britain today after meeting principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner amid a growing crescendo of rumours about his future.
Speculation reached fever pitch on internet and social networking sites around late morning with unsubstantiated claims ranging from him being sacked to resigning.
With no statement forthcoming from either Fenway Sports Group or the club the rumour mill ran wild, although it gradually subsided the longer time went by with no announcement.
Without a public show of support from FSG Dalglish's position will remain a subject for debate even though just over a month ago Werner stated they had "great confidence in Kenny and he enjoys our full support".
Since then results have not improved as Liverpool won just two league matches out of five and lost the FA Cup final to Chelsea.
But there has perhaps been too much being read into his trip to America, fed no doubt by FSG's restructuring at the club has already led to the departure of director of football Damien Comolli, head of sports science Peter Brukner and head of communications Ian Cotton in the last month.
Dalglish, along with coach Steve Clarke, flew out after Sunday's defeat to Swansea to present their view of what has been a disappointing season.
It was always designed to be part of the review process, which Dalglish had admitted some weeks before required him to provide a detailed report of his assessment of the last 10 months and his thoughts on plans going forward.
After a 14th loss of the league campaign Liverpool's eighth-place finish was their worst for 18 years and a points tally of 52 their lowest since 1953/54.
It will have left Dalglish and Clarke to answer some testing questions from Henry and Werner about what progress was being made with their investment, having spent over £200million to buy the club in October 2010 and then heavily backed their manager in subsequent transfer windows.
After their meeting yesterday Dalglish made plans to return home, which partly explains why he was not pictured alongside Clarke, Henry and Werner at a baseball match between the Boston Red Sox - FSG's other marquee investment - and the Seattle Mariners last night.
The Reds boss still has two years to run on the contract he was given by FSG just over 12 months ago and only last week he spoke about planning for the new season in August.http://www.independent.ie/sport/football/liverpool-manager-kenny-dalglishs-future-remains-uncertain-after-boston-talks-3109868.html?
I don't think he'll go.
Tue 15/05/12 at 23:50
If they swap kenny for martinez they are off their rockers. If kenny goes we have to get the best in. I said it when rafa went only if we can get someone amazing in. Martinez has proved nothing in terms of managing a top side? Whos he gonna attract to the club? Ill be pissed off if thats the plan!
Wed 16/05/12 at 12:43
The silence of FSG speaks volumes as rumours swirl and other staff are cut at Anfield
LAST UPDATED AT 09:45 ON Wed 16 May 2012
NO NEWS is good news they say, but for Kenny Dalglish it appears the opposite is true as he heads off on holiday following a trip to Boston for talks about his future as Liverpool boss with the club's American owners, Fenway Sports Group.
The meeting took place on Monday, and since then there has been a deafening silence from John W Henry and Tom Werner, and many have interpreted that as being even more ominous than the dreaded 'vote of confidence'. In short, Dalglish is in limbo.
There was something approaching hysteria on Liverpool fan forums yesterday as rumours that he had been sacked or had offered to resign swept the internet. However, The Guardian reports that Dalglish's "explanation for Liverpool's lowest league finish for 18 years and insistence that a major summer overhaul is unnecessary has not resolved the critical issue of whether he will remain as manager next season".
And according to The Times, the lack of an immediate response from FSG is significant. "It is clear that even if Dalglish does receive the backing of the club’s owners, it will be conditional rather than absolute," it reports.
The owners have already got rid of director of football Damien Comolli, who they felt failed to extract value for players in the transfer market. Head of Sports Science, Peter Brukner, also lost his job and last week Ian Cotton, director of communications, left the club.
"FSG's decision will come down to backing a manager whom it never wished to appoint in the first place or sacking him after only 17 months in charge." says The Times.
And as The Week reported yesterday, Henry and Werner have shown little room for sentiment in getting rid of managers at another of their sports franchises, the Boston Red Sox.
But Dalglish remains an iconic figure at Anfield and dispensing with his services could create problems among the fans.
According to The Daily Telegraph there is "growing disharmony on Merseyside... and a sense of impending gloom".
It says the chances of an amicable parting of the ways are slim.
And the paper points out that after the departure of Liverpool's director of communications last week there is nobody at the club who can comment on the situation. · http://www.theweek.co.uk/football/46945/dalglish-limbo-liverpool-owners-refuse-back-him?