Kenny Dalglish left dangling at Liverpool by Fenway Sports Group's lack of backing

 

Kenny Dalglish, the Liverpool manager, flew back into Britain yesterday after meeting the club's principal owner John W Henry and chairman Tom Werner in the United States but has received no reassurances that his job is safe for the start of next season.

Dalglish decided last week to head over to Boston to brief Fenway Sports Group on what has been a disappointing season for Liverpool, despite their Carling Cup triumph in February. Since that victory at Wembley FSG have dispersed with the services of a number of key figures at Anfield, including director of football Damien Comolli. Yet Dalglish was given no guarantee at Monday's meeting that his position is secure.

Without a public show of support from FSG, Dalglish's job will remain a subject for debate even though just over a month ago Werner stated that the owners had "great confidence in Kenny and he enjoys our full support".

Dalglish, who is now on holiday, decided to accompany coach Steve Clarke to Boston after Sunday's defeat to Swansea. It was always intended to be part of the review process, which Dalglish admitted some weeks ago required him to provide a detailed report of his assessment of the last 10 months and his thoughts on plans going forward. However, following Liverpool's FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea at the start of the month, the perception grew that FSG were losing faith in the manager.

Liverpool's eighth-place finish was their worst for 18 years and a points tally of 52 their lowest since 1953-54 (assuming three points for a win in every season).

Dalglish still has two years to run on the contract he was given by FSG just over 12 months ago.

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