Kenny Dalglish, the caretaker manager of Liverpool, who has overseen such a drastic upturn in fortunes at Anfield that the 18-time league champions may end the current season having achieved qualification for Europe through their league position, is set to pen a permanent contract with the club within the next fortnight.
Dalglish took temporary charge following the dismissal of Roy Hodgson at the start of January, with Liverpool sitting in 13th place in the Premier League following a mediocre start to the season.
Since returning to the position that he vacated in February 1991, Dalglish has lead Liverpool to ten wins, three draws and three defeats in 16 league matches, a record only matched by Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea during the same period.
With only two matches of the season remaining – the visit of Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, followed by the trip to Aston Villa the following week – the club’s owners, the Fenway Sports Group, are eager to end the long-running saga of who will be the next manager of Liverpool by handing Dalglish the reigns on a permanent basis.
As long ago as April 9, Sam Kennedy, the President of FSG, let it be known that talks with the Scot over making the temporary post permanent were already under way, reward for the startling turnaround in the side’s performances.
With Dalglish tied down to a permanent deal, the club’s Football Director, Damien Comolli will then be able to start pursuing summer targets, such as Aston Villa duo Ashley Young and Stewart Downing, Newcastle United defender Jose Enrique and Valencia forward Juan Manuel Mata. The Rennes midfielder Sylvain Marveaux is expected to sign on a free transfer also.