Written by TTT Subscriber Paul Grech (Twitter).
For many, the sad end to Kenny Dalglish’s second spell as Liverpool manager confirmed what they had thought all along; that he was a footballing dinosaur whose time had long passed. He had taken Liverpool to two cup finals – winning one – but it wasn’t enough for him to keep his job especially when the huge spend on players with an old-fashioned skillset like Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing confirmed the perception.
Such criticisms might have had some basis of truth but they also lack in respect for a man who often proved to be a visionary.
It was, after all, Dalglish who recognised the importance of having a strong youth system in his first spell as manager, a belief that saw the recruitment of Steve Heighway and the eventual development of a string of stars.
His contribution during the second stint was not as long lasting but far-sighted nevertheless. For it was Dalglish who pushed for the creation of a special two year agreement between Liverpool, Irish side Bray Wanderers and the schoolkid football outfit St. Joseph’s Boys.
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