Parallels drawn between Upton Park and Anfield.
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Bottom of the league. A lack of quality players and manager that no-one trusts. West Ham cut a sad shadow of their past stability. A superb youth academy generating enough revenue to keep the club stable. Free flowing attacking football that everyone admired.
Apart from not being bottom of the league, how different is this to Liverpool? Since The Spice Boys, Liverpool can’t argue that they’ve developed youth talent from grass roots. Under Benitez, they undoubtedly bought quality youngsters, but Melwood has produced very few home-grown talents.
Liverpool may have appointed Dalglish, but the problems at the club run much deeper than having the wrong manager. Liverpool are currently paying players not fit to wear the shirt in the eyes of Liverpool fans. Poulsen and Konchesky are everything Liverpool is not. Simply terrible signings. His mum’s comments on a highly-used social networking site, were a disgrace.
The Anfield club is in crisis. Whether Liverpool fans are prepared to admit it or not. With a derby looming large, Liverpool need to stand up and be counted. Show some character. Those who do not will be frozen out by the end of the transfer window.
Dalglish must be looking at the squad and wondering how on earth some of the current squad managed to end up at Liverpool. It was not like this back when The King (not Elvis) was in his pomp. They would never have played in the same team as him. Some would not even have been fit to clean his boots.
Kenny will be given time and cash to show his quality as a manger. Anything less would be madness. Liverpool need direction and stability. Kenny can provide this. No-one can argue with his credentials as a player. He’s a legend. Torres, Ngog, Babel, Cole’s eyes must have lit up when he was given the job. Gerrard will see this as a massive step forward for the club. Carragher, having long forgotten his boyhood allegiance to the blue half of Merseyside, must be rubbing his eyes. He will be picking his brains, and must be desperate to get back to full fitness. He immediately has the respect of the owners, player and fans.
Dalglish’s appointment must be seen as a rallying cry for the club. John W Henry may not have been at Anfield very long, but he has immediately tuned in to Liverpool FC and their fans. His presence at the Merseyside derby tomorrow is also a very astute decision, whatever the result. SOme are already questioning his ownership. This is ludicrous. Before he arrived, Liverpool were on the brink on administration. Barring the tragedies of Heysel and Hillsborough, they were among the darkest days in the clubs history.
But does West Ham’s move for O’Neill show West Ham’s desperation, or Liverpool’s inability to attract “big names”. Of course Kenny is a massive name. But if he wasn’t an Anfield legend, would he really have cut short a Caribbean cruise to take over Liverpool? Most realistic football fans would say surely not.
Why would he?
Kenny’s commitment to Liverpool is magnificent, and unwavering. But even if Liverpool wanted to appoint Martin O’Neill, would he have accepted the job? People argue O’Neill has limitations as a manager. Opinion is still divided about his ability and potential. Whatever fans think, he’s still a manager many Premier League clubs would be happy with.
But who can argue that Liverpool don’t currently have limitations that make it an unattractive place for managers and players to ply their trade? If Martin O’Neill does accept the job at West Ham, and Liverpool have not even made an enquiry about his availability, this speaks volumes.
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