Roy Keane and Roy Hodgson have reached the end of the line at Portman Road and Anfield. All that's left is the details.
Keane's time at Ipswich has been a disaster and the question must now be asked; will he ever manage again?
Sunderland ended in tears when Keane chose to walk away himself and this time, he allowed the game to take its natural course. Had he jumped ship a few weeks ago, he would have been unemployable.
Liverpool's owners are scrambling frantically to find a valid replacement for Hodgson and while that happens, he will probably hang onto his job.
But the decision has been taken and it is now only a matter of how quickly John Henry can find a new manager. Odds on Kenny Dalglish becoming caretaker until the summer have shortened dramatically in the last few days.
But Dalglish is unhappy with the idea that he would simply hold the fort. Sources suggest that he is ready to meet the challenge of rebuilding Liverpool head on and wants a long-term deal.
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