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Right time for Rafa to go -- Dalglish

Tim Rich

Published 18/09/2010 | 05:00

kenny dalglish said that it was right Rafael Benitez left Liverpool in the summer and he feels no sense of hurt that he was not chosen to succeed him as manager.

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Dalglish, who has not managed since leaving Celtic a decade ago, put himself forward to return to the job he quit in February 1991, when exhausted by demands of constant success and the weight of the Hillsborough disaster.

"Rafa was right to go," he said of the man who appointed him as club ambassador last year. "It was time for him to move on. He changed jobs, everyone changes jobs, and he changed when the time was right.

"He began magnificently here, winning the European Cup and the FA Cup, but, like everything else, there is a sell-by date. His leaving was beneficial for both parties and that is not to undermine what he did."

Dalglish's application was given short shrift by Christian Purslow. Liverpool's managing director said he wanted Dalglish to continue to be the club's public face, advise the academy and be given more responsibility for player development. The latter is still to come to pass.

"I have not been given an extended role, but that is not to say I wouldn't want one. However, the delay is totally understandable when you see what Liverpool have been through recently with a new manager coming in and players being moved out," said Dalglish, who yesterday launched his account of his 33-year relationship with the club, entitled 'My Liverpool Home'.

Dalglish said he applied for the Liverpool job because he still feels a debt towards the club. He added he has never properly forgiven himself for resigning as manager in a year when Liverpool appeared on course for their 19th title.

"If you had said then that we would not win a title after 1990, you'd have been sectioned," he smiled. (© Independent News Service)

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