Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Oh King Kenny, what have you done?

In recent seasons, legends going back to manage Premiership clubs hasn't worked out all that well. Alan Shearer thankfully couldn't save his beloved Newcastle United from being relegated. Going further back, Trevor Brooking made a valiant effort but ultimately couldn't stop his (and my) West Ham United from taking the drop.

Will Kenny Dalglish fare any better?

Realistically, a Club the size of Liverpool, with the players they have and the amount of the season they have left to turn things around shouldn't be anywhere near the bottom three come May. Sitting just three points off it just now though, the League table doesn't make for happy reading for the red side of Liverpool and with a visit to Anfield from the blue side on Sunday looming, it's going to be a cracking derby and more uncomfortable times ahead for King Kenny.

Tonight's match between Blackpool and Liverpool showed two sides with very differing attitudes.

As ourselves and so many others keep harping on, Blackpool have been an inspiration and a breath of fresh air in the Premiership this season. They showed real fight and team spirit to get back into the game and go on and win it 2-1 after going behind to an early goal.

I so hope they can avoid relegation, consolidate and be part of the EPL, whilst playing their brand of exciting, attacking football for many seasons to come.

Charlie Adam was outstanding this evening. Great for Blackpool, great for Scotland. What Ian Holloway has done in scouting the lower leagues and leagues elsewhere and putting together a non-flashy squad is being shown to be a shrewd and successful way of going about things.

Compare that to Liverpool with all their big names, high cost purchases and the distinct lack of being up for a real fight that has been seen in some games of late.

The players there just either don't seem to have the stomach, confidence or the mental resiliance to be where they currently are.

Could this be their downfall? Let's hope so. Would love to see that.

Shame for the legend that is Kenny, but great for football.


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