Liverpool want legend Kenny Dalglish back at Anfield in role as club ambassador
Published 10/01/2013 | 05:00
LIVERPOOL are preparing to offer Kenny Dalglish another Anfield comeback, lining him up for a return to his role as a club ambassador.
Dalglish filled a similar position prior to being reappointed as manager in the aftermath of Roy Hodgson’s departure in January 2011.
The Scot left the manager’s office last summer after an 18-month spell and at that time wanted a clean break, despite some suggestions that a backroom role would have been found for him at the club.
Publicly there were amicable remarks from all parties when Dalglish left, but since being replaced as manager by Brendan Rodgers, he has returned to Anfield to watch the team just once this season, as a guest of the Hillsborough Family Support Group.
Liverpool are keen for Dalglish to become a familiar face on a match day again. Apart from the obvious affection of the Kop, Dalglish’s presence is considered valuable in other aspects, particularly in the commercial areas of the club.
Liverpool are seeking to attract an increasing number of sponsors, and it always helps to have the most famous player in the club’s history nearby to pose for a photograph with an excitable VIP.
Beyond that, the Liverpool hierarchy has always wanted Dalglish to remain an active part of the club in some capacity.
He first returned to Liverpool after an 18-year break in 2009, taking on the role as a global representative, similar to that of Sir Bobby Charlton for Manchester United.
The possibility of assuming a similar position was hinted at when Dalglish left last summer.
Dalglish said at the time: “I said when first approached about coming back as manager that I would always be of help if I can at any time and that offer remains the same.”
Liverpool’s principal owner, John W Henry, also gave the impression there would be a role back at the club when Dalglish was ready because he is “part of the family”.
“He is in many ways the heart and soul of the club. He personifies everything that is good about Liverpool Football Club,” Henry said last summer.
“He has always put the club and its supporters first. Kenny will always be a part of the family at Anfield.”
Chris Bascombe, Telegraph.co.uk