Cup dou­ble seek­ers Liver­pool need dosh, pa­tience, sta­bil­ity – AND King Kenny

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SACK Kenny Dal­glish. He’s past it, a di­nosaur of a foot­ball man­ager – a man who should have stayed on the golf course.

He’s spent badly, his tac­tics are shite, he’s lost the dress­ing room.

Speak­ing out against his poor­per­form­ing play­ers af­ter the Bolton balls-up was a big mis­take, the final straw. Sack Dal­glish. Words like these ap­peared in news­pa­pers and on web­sites just a week ago.

Liver­pool are their first final years and in round of the FA

Dal­glish has hand­edly ended city of Manch­ester’s hopes of suc­cess in a cup com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son.

Now the calls for an­other change at An­field look like words typed by a drugged-up mon­key.

In many cases they prob­a­bly were.

A cup on the side­board in his first full sea­son back in charge should keep the mon­keys off his back.

Not that Dal­glish will be too both­ered.

Whis­per it to the Kop faith­ful, but Dal­glish has got a touch of the Alex Fer­gu­son about him.

The 60-year-old is shitty with the me­dia men and doesn’t seem to give a f*** about the world out­side An­field.

So the world out­side An­field find it easy to hate the man they call King in the postal dis­trict of Liver­pool 4.

Par for the course, the keen golfer may say. al­glish is not Liver­pool man­ager to be liked by op­po­si­tion sup­port­ers or gen­tle­men of the press.

He’s there to win foot­ball matches.

And let’s get this right, he’s strug­gled to do that at times – his side have drawn seven times at An­field and goals have been harder to find than a fat bird’s fanny.

But those draw­ing the knives for the Scot have ig­nored all that has been good about his sec­ond com­ing.

This sea­son Liver­pool have won at Stam­ford Bridge (twice), the Emi­rates and the Eti­had.

The style of foot­ball is vin­tage red wine and a blowjob from a su­per­model com­pared to Roy Hodg­son’s Kestrel Su­per Strength and a rough w*nk in the rain from Tracey the di­vorced bar­maid.

Sack­ing Dal­glish a year into the

Dnow in for five the next Cup. sin­glethe job af­ter back­ing him to sign nine play­ers makes no sense at all.

An­field is still wash­ing the walls from a bloody fi­nan­cial fight with their pre­vi­ous own­ers that took them to the cliff edge of bank­ruptcy.

That led to an ex­o­dus of tal­ent, in­clud­ing world-class stars like Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascher­ano and Fer­nando Tor­res.

Tor­res left weeks into Dal­glish’s reign – but the seeds had been sown long be­fore.

The Spa­niard the bro­ken Those play­ers been re­placed top stars nent the

sim­ple – was sick of prom­ises. have not as for many on the con­tiequa­tion is out of Europe equals out of mind.

Dal­glish has spunked £100mil­lion – but it’s buttons com­pared to the side he sent spin­ning out of the Car­ling Cup – Manch­ester City.

Andy Car­roll, Ste­wart Down­ing and Jor­dan Hen­der­son all cost top wedge.

All have shown glimpses of tal­ent but have lacked a con­sis­tent threat.

But even if they prove to be flops, should that sig­nal Dal­glish’s exit? an City have the bulging vaults of the rich­est man in foot­ball to thank for their rise to the top.

It’s taken them a bil­lion quid and four years to mount a se­ri­ous ti­tle chal­lenge and their fans have wit­nessed more flops than Pele’s be­d­room.

Robinho (£32.5m), Em­manuel Ade­bayor (£25m), Jo (£18m), Roque Santa Cruz (£17.5m) are just a few ex­am­ples of the cack they’ve signed.

But City have just kept on spend­ing – and for the last three years they’ve kept their man­ager, too.

Liver­pool need the same ap­proach – dosh, pa­tience and sta­bil­ity.

It’s a lock on the still spin­ning man­ager’s door at An­field that’s re­quired, not an ejec­tor seat with Dal­glish’s name on it.

Liver­pool will lose more games this sea­son and Dal­glish will make more mis­takes – just like ev­ery man­ager.

But with a Wem­b­ley dou­ble to aim for, Luis Suarez set to re­turn af­ter his ban and sign­ings start­ing to shine, it’s POS­SI­BLE Liver­pool could build up a head of steam to rail­road their way to fourth place and the golden ticket to the Cham­pi­ons League.

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