The king is dead! Long live the king! Well, not quite, but Kenny Dalglish is briskly moving from ‘King Kenny’ to Court Jester at Liverpool after a horrid run in form that has seen his side lose six out of their last seven league games.
The Champions League has gone and like Nick Griffin’s travel agent, Europe seems like it’s no longer an option. In fact, the Reds are on their worst run since 1953. Not even under Roy Hodgson were they this bad.
Which all leads to one question: Will Dalglish still be in charge of Liverpool come next season? The Carling Cup win in February may well be enough for him to survive until the summer, but as Reds owner John W Henry admits there will be a full investigation into why this season has been such a disappointment, Dalglish could find himself given the boot.
Or, perhaps, like grandma when she’s finally entered senility, just moved quietly upstairs. Remember, he did move from a boardroom roll to the gaffer’s chair for this stint.
But already the market has been opened on the next Liverpool manager. Sunderland boss Martin O’Neil is backed at 7.00 to get given the job after impressing on his return to football at the Stadium of Light. Dalglish, however, is backed at 1.40 to still be Reds boss come September 1.
Jose Mourinho is at 9.00 to come back to British shores, and if he wraps up the league and Champions League titles with Real Madrid, may well be looking for a new challenge. Someone who needs a new challenge for a different reason is Andre Villas-Boas; unceremoniously sacked by Chelsea in March, he is 12.00 to get offered the Anfield job.
What about Rafa Benitez? The man who led Liverpool to the Champions League title seven years ago has been vocal in his desire to return to Merseyside, and is backed at 15.00 to do so.
Of the outside bets, Jamie Carragher is 20.00 to be given the job of his beloved Reds while Brighton manager Gus Poyet is 35.00 to move from the south coast to the north west.