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Villas-Boas ruled out of running for Anfield job

Liverpool's search for a new manager narrowed last night, as Andre Villas-Boas fell out of the running.

Andre Villas-Boas has been linked to the managerial vacancy at Roma

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With Kenny Dalglish dismissed following a poor season in terms of their Premier League campaign, Liverpool are on the hunt for a new manager.

Frank de Boer had been linked with the vacancy

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Ajax coach Frank de Boer has rejected an approach to discuss the vacant manager's job at Liverpool.

<b>Andre Villas-Boas</b><br/>
It's fair to say Andre Villas-Boas didn't have a good time of it at Chelsea. Charged with evolving an ageing squad, the old-guard didn't take well to it, results suffered and in the end he was sacked by the ruthless Roman Abramovich. His only other job in management came at Porto where he enjoyed an incredible record, winning the league after going unbeaten all season, lifting the domestic cup and clinching the Europa League all in one campaign. The Liverpool owners have made contact with the 34-year-old to sound out his interest.

Andre Villas-Boas emerges as favourite to land Liverpool job, but refuses to be rushed

Andre Villas-Boas wants a “project” to re-enter football for, but will require a detailed knowledge of the terms and demands attached to the new Liverpool manager’s job before committing to the club.

<b>Brendan Rodgers</b><br/>
Brendan Rodgers may still be seen as too much of an up-and-coming manager to be Liverpool's preferred choice to take the reigns. The Irishman has worked wonders at Swansea, getting them promoted to the Premier League and then seeing them punch above their weight with a silky brand of football.

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers turns down approach from Liverpool

Swansea have confirmed that manager Brendan Rodgers has rejected an approach from Liverpool to discuss the managerial vacancy at Anfield.

Dalglish fell short of the owner's expectations

Carragher says Liverpool must be patient in pursuit of Premier League title

Jamie Carragher has told Liverpool’s fans and owners that whoever replaces Kenny Dalglish the club are in no position to challenge for the Premier league title.

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher says Kenny Dalglish sacking was a 'sad day' for Liverpool

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher admitted it was a "sad day" to see Kenny Dalglish leave Anfield, but accepts everyone must now be "fully committed" to the challenges ahead.

<b>May 17 - Kenny Dalglish (Liverpool)</b><br/>
Despite winning the Carling Cup and taking Liverpool to the FA Cup final in his first full season in charge since returning to his role as manager at Anfield, Dalglish had his contract terminated. It would seem Liverpool's league form was what caused owners Fenway Sports Group to act, with the club finishing eighth. Dalglish, who took over from Roy Hodgson in January 2011, was allowed to invest heavily in the team, bringing in Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson.

Liverpool owners will take advice over appointment of Kenny Dalglish successor

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre insists owners Fenway Sports Group are taking the advice of "pre-eminent people in football" in their quest to find the right man to replace Kenny Dalglish.

Kenny Dalglish did not get Liverpool back into the Champions League

Kenny Dalglish offers Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group his backing

Sacked Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has given his backing to owners Fenway Sports Group.

Andre Villas-Boas was the most high-profile casualty

Liverpool target Villas-Boas after parting company with Dalglish

Liverpool's American owners have made contact with Andre Villas-Boas in the past two weeks, in an attempt to establish his interest in taking over at Anfield, where Kenny Dalglish was yesterday dismissed.

Kenny Dalglish did not get Liverpool back into the Champions League

James Lawton: King Kenny washed overboard by a new wave of reality

It was a good idea at the time and for a little while it might just have been a brilliant one. Who could argue with that early impact of Kenny Dalglish? He came off a cruise ship last year to save the club but it was still easy to believe that there was no ocean wide enough to separate the great player and the winning manager from the realities of the game in which he had earned such distinction.

Kenny Dalglish did not get Liverpool back into the Champions League

King Kenny Dalglish loses grip on the poisoned chalice of Liverpool

The Anfield icon's second coming was doomed at a club where the lessons of history have never been learned

Dalglish simply could not get to grips with what may well have been his last challenge

James Lawton: Kenny Dalglish didn't fail to recreate the past at Liverpool, he failed to face the future

The Americans had put in a legend who bought the wrong players for top-end prices

KENNY DALGLISH: Admitted to being ‘battered’ by Liverpool’s recent dip in results

Kenny Dalglish: The Liverpool years

Kenny Dalglish was today sacked as manager of Liverpool. Here, we guide you through his time at Anfield...

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