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Kenny deal likely after Reds start to rebuild

Liverpool's owners Fenway Sports Group have begun the rebuilding process at Anfield by installing a new managing director -- but their most important appointment is yet to come as Kenny Dalglish is still waiting to be confirmed as the club's permanent boss.

FSG's principal figures, John Henry and Tom Werner, showed yesterday they had learned a lot in their short time at Anfield.

They followed the 'Liverpool way' by promoting from within, moving up commercial director Ian Ayre to the managing director's position and also making Damien Comolli (pictured right) director of football, an elevation from his position of director of football strategy.

Both decisions should now pave the way for Dalglish to be offered a permanent contract, having done a remarkable job in turning around the club's season after being asked to take over until the end of the season after Roy Hodgson's disastrous six-month reign.

"With these appointments, the future of Liverpool Football Club is in very good hands," said Henry. "Tom and I are excited to be working with Ian and Damien as we do the things that must be done to move the club forward."


Werner added: "We've worked closely with Ian since coming to Liverpool and we have great confidence in his management and leadership.

"Also, as a lifelong fan of the club, he has been instrumental in bringing John and I up to speed on the traditions and history of this great club and, specifically, what it means to follow the Liverpool way.

"Ian has been instrumental to us in stabilising things after we purchased the club.

"We consider this one more big step in taking the club to exactly where supporters and we want to go."

What difference there will be in Comolli's role has yet to be defined, but having played a key part in the club-record signings of Luis Suarez and then Andy Carroll in January, it is clear he has the full confidence of FSG.

"This promotion will see him assume extra responsibilities, overseeing performance analysis, medical provision, and team administration."