A great listen, as always. And good to hear a range of views.
Lets say for arguments sake, Kenny steps down. What will the remit be for the next manager? If they fail to achieve "Top 4" and CL qualification, then what? We jib them off, and bring in another? And the merry-go-around carries on?
We need a plan, and a model. Something which I think is lacking at the moment. We aren't going to "throw money" at it. We won't, for a range of reasons. So what do we need?
A progressive model, that will lay a blue print for the future. Look at Spurs as an "example". They have spent money, but they have sold some big players too. Promoted from within where they could, or signed some young "talent", where some paid off, some didn't.
2008 - They finished 11th
2009 - Finished 8th
2010 - Finsihed 4th
Before 2008, they had two 5th and a 9th place finish. Just look how long it took for them to "break" the top 4. They did it over time, signing, selling, and re-investing.
In order for us to follow a similar model, then we will need to prepare for some big "sales" in the summer, and the future, in order to try and build something new. Can I see this happening? No. The uproar of Liverpool becoming a "selling club" would not sit well with many fans.
Another way would be to, as Neil put it, bring in a manager who can drag us up to 4th place, ugly. I like it initially in theory, bring in a guy who has a proven track record of getting the best out of players, at the highest level. An older wiser guy. Someone who will stand no messing. Lets say this person then does get us 4th, then what? They are allowed to carry on? Or, do we then go "long term" at that point?
The question is really, what project is there at Liverpool, and what is the blue print of success. Once the owners decide that, then a decision can be made about Kenny or whoever.