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Apr
09

Kenny’s return just the tonic by Steve McMahon

Kenny Dalglish has been linked with a move back to Liverpool in a youth development role, a development that couldn’t have come at a better time.

Although there has been no official confirmation at the time of writing, I believe there’s no smoke without fire. I don’t know why Liverpool didn’t think of it sooner.

Maybe it didn’t suit Kenny before, and maybe there were too many things going on behind the scenes that scuppered any plans. Well, any plan that happens has to suit both parties.

To be honest, I believe Kenny the right man for the job.

I remember how Kenny persuaded me to sign for Liverpool.

He told me about Liverpool’s history and Kenny being Kenny he was always going about it in an humble manner. You really can talk to him, which is contrary to public belief that he’s unapproachable.

As a player, he was very intelligent, had great vision and could always see things happening around him. The same was true when he became a manager.

He can watch players and realise which ones are great and those who are not that good. Kenny is also a great man-manager.

This new role could be a tailor-made one for him. He will be looking for players who can fit into the system and are big enough to play for Liverpool.

More importantly, Kenny can become the perfect go-between between the parents and the players – very much like Sir Alex Ferguson does for Manchester United. I believe he can get the best out of the youngsters.

What Kenny can help do is solve what I believe is a long-standing problem at the club, namely that Liverpool do not have enough youngsters coming through. It’s a problem that needs addressing urgently.

Since the introduction of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, there have been far too few young players making it into the first team.

True, there were the likes of Stephen Warnock and Neil Mellor but they’re no longer at the club.

Compare that to Manchester United where there is a steady conveyer belt of youngsters coming through year-after-year.

As for Everton, they can guarantee first-team football to their youngsters far quicker than Liverpool so that’s why their talent always comes through. Of course financial constraints play a small part.

For me, as long as some of the young players don’t make it into the first team, there’s something not right with the youth system.

What this appointment does is maybe help enhance the system at Liverpool and make it better.

Kenny will be a popular choice I have to say – especially where players and fans are concerned.

He was not voted first in Liverpool’s list of 100 Players Who Shook The Kop for nothing.

Rafael Benitez seems to have his plans put into practice at this moment in time.

It’s far too early to say how this will impact the club and the Liverpool manager, but at least there are signs that the club is moving forward.

FA Cup semi-final Aftermath

Sir Alex Ferguson’s plan to field a weakened side in the semi-finals of the FA Cup has backfired on him. I don’t think he played a weaker side expecting to lose. He picked a side which he thought was strong enough for him. But it didn’t go according to plan.

On the other hand, I thought Everton deserved to go though.

Looking ahead to the final, I still think Chelsea are the better side and possess more quality players. But by the same token, you can’t discount Everton.

They have beaten two of the Top Four sides to reach the FA Cup final. So why can’t they beat another one to lift the trophy?

Steve McMahon was talking to espnstar.com’s Eugene YS Han


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