IF Kenny Dalglish is as successful this time as he was in his first spell in charge of Liverpool, the fans won’t believe their luck.
Dalglish became player-manager at Anfield in 1985 (shortly after the Heysel disaster) and won a League and FA Cup double in his first season in charge. He was 34-years-old.
In his six years at the helm, Liverpool won the championship three times and the FA Cup twice.
It was little wonder the fans were in mourning when he announced his departure in 1991, saying he needed a break a game (though it didn’t last long – he took over at Blackburn before the year was out).
Two decades on, Dalglish is back as caretaker manager until the end of the season. But is facing a much tougher task than first time around.
Back then he inherited the best team in the country after the sterling work of his predecessors Joe Fagan and Bob Paisley. Now he has a side which appears in decline and struggled to find any consistency during the turbulent reign of Roy Hodgson.
But the new Reds boss insists: “We’ve got to remain positive. I’ve seen the players many times this year and last. We’ve got some decent players and I am happy to move forward with this squad.
“Everyone has a role to play to take the club forward and if everyone does their role to the best of their abilities we won’t be far away.”
For a man with so much experience in the game, Dalglish admitted he was nervous before he walked out at Old Trafford for his first match back as boss.
“I think nerves are good when you go a bit into the unknown. They are nice nerves – it keeps me awake.”
Asked if his age is an issue, the 59-year-old replied: “Harry Redknapp has done fantastically well at Tottenham. Fergie’s been there for 30 years and he’s always been successful at United.”