LIVERPOOL principal owner John W Henry says Kenny Dalglish would have been sacked as manager even if the club had won the FA Cup last season.
Henry insists the decision to dispense with Dalglish and appoint Brendan Rodgers was made solely on the Reds’ dismal Premier League campaign.
Dalglish, who won the Carling Cup and oversaw a narrow 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley, paid the price for their eighth placed finish.
“The FA Cup would not have made any difference had he won it,” said Henry.
“For us we were 17th over the second half of the season and Liverpool should not be in that position.
“I don’t place the blame on Kenny and Steve (Clarke) – but I think it was obvious to every Liverpool fan that something was wrong and something needed to be done.
“We had a very poor second half to the season last year. I think that you could say the response to Kenny and Steve (from the players) was lacking. The play was lacking so that entered into our considerations.”
Henry is full of admiration for the job Dalglish initially did in transforming the Reds’ fortunes following his appointment as Roy Hodgson’s successor in January 2011.
“When I first discussed with Kenny making a change before he took the job, we discussed what role he would take at some point,” Henry added.
“He did say that if it was the manager’s job, he would only do it until we had the right man to come in for the long term.
“He was always saying no one man is bigger than the club. Everyone knows what it meant when he came back, how he did right the ship and brought all the disparate elements back together.”
Dalglish was criticised for his handling of the Luis Suarez-Patrice Evra race row last season but Henry says that didn’t influence the decision to change managers.
Henry said. “That did not come into it. No one issue is going to determine the long term viability of the club.”