Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Tribute to Kenny Dalglish
Kenneth Mathieson "Kenny" Dalglish (Scottish pronunciation: [dɛlɡliːʃ]) MBE (born 4 March 1951) is a former Scottish footballer and the current manager of Liverpool F.C. Dalglish was voted PFA Player of the Year for the 1982–83 season, and in 2009 he was named by FourFourTwo football magazine as the greatest striker in post-war British football.
In a 22-year playing career, Dalglish played for two teams, Celtic and Liverpool, winning honours with both. Dalglish is the most capped Scottish player, with 102 appearances. He and Denis Law also share the record for most goals for Scotland, with 30 each.
Dalglish began his career with Celtic and became the team captain in 1975. Between 1971 and 1977 he won four Scottish First Division titles, four Scottish Cups and one Scottish League Cup. In 1977, Bob Paisley paid a British transfer record of £440,000 to bring Dalglish to Liverpool.
His years at Liverpool marked one of the club's most prolifically successful periods: he won seven league titles, three European Cups and five domestic cups – achievements which led to him being given the name King Kenny by Liverpool supporters – and he was placed first in Liverpool's list of "100 Players Who Shook the Kop". Dalglish became player-manager of Liverpool in 1985 and in a six-year tenure won three league titles and two F.A. Cups. He resigned as Liverpool manager in 1991, in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster.
Dalglish joined Blackburn Rovers in 1991 and he turned the Second Division side into Premier League winners in 1995. His move to Newcastle United in 1997 was less successful. Dalglish was appointed Director of Football at Celtic in 1999 but a stint as caretaker manager ended in an acrimonious departure the following year.
Between 2000 and 2010 Dalglish focused on charitable concerns, founding The Marina Dalglish Appeal with his wife to raise money for cancer care. On 8 January 2011, Dalglish became Liverpool's caretaker manager after the departure of Roy Hodgson, and signed a three-year permanent deal on 12 May 2011.