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distance. His family are in no doubt about the deep trauma the tragedy caused.
“He was falling apart after Hillsborough,” his wife Marina reveals.
“He was snapping at the kids, he was terrible to live with.”
His son Paul, who was in the crowd at the match, says: “I’ve never spoken to my dad about Hillsborough”.
Marina tells how her husband was popping sleeping pills and developed rashes in the weeks before he resigned in 1990.
The film doesn’t go any further, but it seems Dalglish may have been suffering from
PTSD while managing one of Europe’s biggest clubs.
He claims it was an inability to make a decision over a substitution in his final game against Everton that led him to resign.
“If I cannae make decisions, I don’t deserve to be there,” he says.
But the film isn’t all about tragedy. There are plenty of big smiles as Kenny recounts his Glasgow days and his courtship of Marina, whom he met when she was pulling pints at a Celtic players’ local haunt. Liverpool fans will savour footage of their team winning league titles (remember them?) and some revealing interviews with his team-mates John Barnes and Ian Rush.
Barnes says he expected to learn the “Liverpool secret” when he turned up for his first training session. Instead, player/manager Dalglish simply tossed him a orange bib and told him to pass to someone, anyone, dressed the same.
According to Rush, the secret of their devastating strike partnership was just as simple.
“Kenny was getting older,” he says.
“He told me, ‘Now you help me with the running, your job is just to score goals, leave the rest to me.
“‘When I get the ball, just run into space’.”
Blackburn fans might be disappointed with the decision to end the footballing part of the story in 1990 (Newcastle fans may be less bothered) but this is still an engrossing study of a genuine football legend.
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