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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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