What to do with King?

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I was thinking last night, how long of a contract should be put on King Kenny for the full time job. Reports say that it’s a two year deal with options of renewal. Part of these reports are saying that Kenny wants four years, but the owners don’t want to go that far ahead. It’s all good that they are thinking this far ahead for him. The appointing of him would continue his ascent back to the 80’s.

Ok, so Kenny is only 60, and been out of the game for 10 years, so in reality his footballing age is 50. But I’ve addressed the last ten years if he hadn’t left. Realistically if he’s up for it, Kenny could take the team into his late 60’s. I don’t know the great man at all, and I have a suspicion he’d not want to do that. Plus there’s the whole factor of Cara and Gerrard wanting to get into Managing.

What to do? Well Cara is older than me (he’s 33) and Gerrard is younger than me. (I’m 32 in two weeks). So the time frame is key. Do they want to both be retiring at the same time? Well realistically Cara has maybe two years of top football left in him, and maybe another two years after that of being an assistant or learning the managing side. So if Kenny were to take a four year deal, he could hand the job to Cara and then retire.

Or in Stevie G’s case, it could be much longer. I have a feeling Stevie G could play another four years easily. He has his injuries, and down matches, but everyone does. I could put a time frame of 6 years on him being boot room ready. Then Kenny is 66, and six years of titles to turn over.

The options are endless, and here’s something, what if Pepe wants to manage? That might be fun.

Ok, enough with the what ifs, here’s what I’d do with Kenny.

I’d give him a four year contract, with the option of extending it if Kenny would want it. Then I’d see if Cara and Gerrard want to be in the line of succession. This time Kenny leaves, they need to get it right. We don’t need two decades of minor cups. Footballing world needs Liverpool back, and Liverpool needs football.


  1. Hi Stephen. What you’ve written is very romantic and am sure if things were to take their course as you hope, many a Liverpool fan would be more than happy. Could be though that in the real world things may be different.
    I will not go into the merit concerning the lenght of Kenny’s contract if he is to be named Manager permanently, the main thing now is that he is confirmed. Kenny has given his availability and that’s what counts. What Carra, Stevie or even Pepe (if he still around) will do once they hang up their boots remains to be seen. Still a lot of water to pass under the bridge friend.

  2. You also need to consider that players >usually< don't become managers the day they stop playing. Usually they enjoy their freedom a bit, take some courses and jump back in. So neither Carra nor Steve should be considered as likely coaches in the near future.
    Aside from that, a two-year deal is just as good as a four year deal in football (at least for managers). If he is succesful, which I firmly believe he will be, an extension or a new deal is nothing but a formality.

  3. of course, ur article is lovely. I knw every Liverpool fan want to see king Kenny being given the role on a permanent basis. On my side doesn’t matter even if it’s 2 years as rumours are doing the circle. I have confidence that, with him he will bring Liverpool were it belongs.

  4. idont care if its 2 r 4 year contract for king kenny he,ll do that of a job give it 2 him full time i reckon wit a few wingers a left back a centre back midfielder and 1 more striker we win da prem in da nxt year r 2 ynwa

  5. I hope Mr.Dalglish can continue in style for the next ten years.He knows that he’s going to have to hand over to a trusted member of staff in order to ensure that we have another Liverpool dynasty to make Mancs and Liverpool haters the world over live in absolute misery for another twenty years or so.Steve clarke is young enough to stick around for years,coaching(maybe managing.)My fantasy would be to have Steve Nicol be Mr.Dalglish’s number two and have him take over when the time is right.Nico is(i believe)the most successful manager in North American ‘soccer’ history.I’d like to see Paul Jewel work in a number two role:Liverpool player(ok reserve but still good enough a player to get NEAR that first team who were European champions then.GOOD manager,just needs to spend five years working under the master.It’s the Liverpool way PROMOTE FROM WITHIN.It’s obviously extremely important that the club do not make the wrong decision.Liked it Stephen:iv’e been waiting for a chance to fantasise/spout off on this issue for ages.MAHALO

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