Sunday 30 April 2017

Paul Hayward: Kenny Dalglish’s clan-loyalty to Suárez has exploded on him and weakened his position with US owners

KENNY Dalglish’s management model for his second reign at Anfield has been part Bill Shankly, part Sir Alex Ferguson. The returning hero has endeavoured to revive the cult of the leader at a club run in large measure by remote control from America.

The spiritual grandeur of the Shankly years preceded the Bob Paisley-Joe Fagan era in which Dalglish achieved immortality as a player. If this template was still in his head when he returned as manager in January last year, it was Ferguson’s autocratic power he most envied in today’s game.

There have been days over the past 13 months when King Kenny looked a fair bet to reduce John W Henry and his coterie to passengers on their own Mersey-built ship. That possibility expired with Sunday’s flurry of statements after Luis Suárez had reneged on his promise to shake hands with Patrice Evra at Manchester United.

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