Anfield board are hesitating over deal for Kop idol.
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Liverpool’s principal owner John W Henry has confirmed the club have not yet offered a new contract to manager Kenny Dalglish.
The Reds legend stepped into the managerial hot-seat at Anfield to replace Roy Hodgson in January, initially agreeing a deal until the end of the season.
Dalglish’s tenure thus far has been a successful one and reports had suggested a two-year deal was already in place.
But Henry denies an agreement has been reached, insisting talks have yet to begin – although he has intimated the club’s owners are ready to enter into talks over a long-term contract.
“The only discussion we’ve had has been with Kenny and that was solely concerning when we should begin discussions,” Henry told the Daily Telegraph.
“I wouldn’t anticipate any further comments until such discussions have commenced and we have something to announce.
“Any reports until then are purely speculation.”
Source: Sky Sports
So why the delay?
No one else on planet football could have united Liverpool Football Club so quickly – not even Jose Mourinho.
At the start of the season the Anfield side were in disarray.
Tom Hicks and George Gillett still owned Liverpool, the team was in tatters following the departure of Rafa Benitez and the fans were utterly depressed about the goings-on on and off the pitch.
But then the most-hated Americans in Liverpool’s history were ousted and a new-breed of Yank took over.
They promised a renaissance – restoring the proud club to where it once belonged.
But it did not happen straight away. The new manager Roy Hodgson could not inspire the players or the fans and so was given the boot in January.
Who could save the club? Enter the messiah.
Kenny Dalglish cut short a cruise to come to the rescue of his beloved club, rolling into Merseyside like John Wayne in the Wild West, with men cheering and women swooning (well maybe the older generation of ladies).
The King had a tough start – an away trip to fierce enemies Manchester United – but has not looked back since.
He was even managing to coax some good form out of Fernando Torres, before the Spaniard decided to jump ship to Chelsea.
But the experienced Scot did not panic, took the £50million and bought two top class replacements in Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll.
The upturn in form culminated in the 3-1 victory over United, with Suarez starring.
Dalglish has managed to get the board, the players and the all-important fans singing off the same Gerry and the Pacemakers hymn sheet.
So again I ask, why the delay?
John W Henry is using Dalglish’s own loyalty against him. The American knows the Scot would not leave for Chelsea or Inter Milan, so why the rush for a new deal?
Henry knows he has the upper-hand in negotiations because Dalglish loves the club so much and is desperate to restore Liverpool to former glories.
Ok, it is clever business from the American but Liverpool FC is more than that. It is a cult, a belief, a faith.
When the Americans understand and show that, they will know why King Kenny Dalglish is a true messiah.