Obviously the season hasn’t started as well as Liverpool fans had hoped. There have been blunders both on and off the pitch and this has led to supporters rightly voicing their concern. That’s the reason for this article.
I would like to start by saying I’m not suggesting Brendan Rodgers should be sacked. It’s far too early to even consider that. The guy has barely had a chance to settle in at the club, never mind turn it around. And whilst it’s fair to say that early results haven’t been good, Rodgers was open and honest in admitting it would take time to build his team and put his ideas in place.
Whether you’re pro Rodgers, you would have preferred a more experienced manager who has won trophies with other clubs or you believe Dalglish should have been given another season to build on last year and try to get the club back into the Champions League, it doesn’t really matter. Now there’s a manager in place he needs the supporters to give him a chance and get behind him and the team.
So my question, ‘What’s the answer?’ isn’t for now but for the end of the season.
Should Liverpool finish mid table again, what happens? Do the owners continue with Rodgers? Do they make a decent transfer kitty available and entrust him with it? Or do they sack him and get a new manager in?
For what it’s worth, I believe clubs need stability. This gives them a better chance of success. I don’t think employing a new manager every season is the right thing to do. Shankly didn’t transform Liverpool immediately. It took Ferguson several years before his ideas started to flourish at Manchester United. That’s why I think Kenny Dalglish deserved longer. When he was replaced, my worry was that Liverpool now had their fourth manager in charge, in just three years. And it was always going to take time for the new manager to change things, especially when he arrived with bold plans to overhaul the squad and create a style of play that is evident in teams at every level within the club. I know FSG gave Rodgers their complete backing when they appointed him but things change and they might not be so certain should we suffer a disastrous campaign.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. And Liverpool won’t be rebuilt in such a short space of time either. I hope Brendan Rodgers can bring success but, if come the end of the season the club is worse off than it was in May, what would you do?