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Saturday 25 March 2017

Liverpool close to Dalglish deal

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish Photo: PA
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish Photo: PA

Rory Smith

Liverpool are expected to confirm Kenny Dalglish's appointment as permanent manager in the next 10 days.

That will allow the club's owners, Fenway Sports Group, to begin to clarify their plans for the summer transfer market.

Liverpool are favourites to sign Aston Villa winger Ashley Young for around £12m and are also believed to be tracking his club and international team-mate Stewart Downing.

By the time Liverpool face Villa on the final day of the season, the Dalglish saga is likely to be at an end.

Sam Kennedy, Fenway Sports Group (FSG) president, confirmed as long ago as April 9 that talks with the Scot over making the temporary post he took over in January permanent were already under way, reward for the remarkable turnaround in Liverpool’s performances under his tenure.

Dalglish has taken the club from the obscurity of 13th place in the table on January 8 to within touching distance of a place in the Europa League after Monday night’s 5-2 demolition of Fulham.

Though his record of 10 wins, three draws and three defeats in the league is hardly flawless, that he has garnered more points than any team other than Chelsea since taking charge of a club mired in mid-table and devoid of confidence shows the scale of his achievement.

FSG promised upon Dalglish’s appointment that they would conduct a thorough search for the best man to lead the club forward on a permanent basis. They were keen on a young, ambitious manager working alongside a director of football, but Dalglish’s success has rendered that debate irrelevant

Irish Independent

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