Why the decision to sack Dalglish was so incredibly, egregiously wrong: (one silly little man's opinion).
1. In my mind, one issue is of singular importance to LFC over the next 12 months. So much so that all other issues pale in comparison. This issue is the Anfield redevelopment/new stadium issue. This issue even dwarfs CL qualification next year. Why? LFC and its directors must sort out the long term revenue stream for the club. The Standard Chartered and Warrior deals are excellent starts, but you cant base the revenue foundation of the club on short term contracts. I personally believe that if this issue is not resolved in the next 12 months you will see FSG sell the club. The stadium is the key to long term stability and growth of the club. Given that FSG purchased LFC at a reduced (almost comical) price, they could walk away next summer without losing any money. I dont want to say that next years league is irrelevant, but honestly in terms of LFC development it is amlmost immaterial. We are not going to be relegated next year. We probably wont qualify for CL next year unless a strong capital outlay is put towards buying players. FSG arent going to invest that kind of money in players until they know whether the stadium issue can be resolved. So realistacally, we can expect to finish somewhere between 5-7 next year, regardless of who is the manager.
2. Regardless of whether it can be nicely put into words, supporters of LFC hold dearly to the idea of "The Liverpool Way". It is what sets us apart from all other clubs. From John Henry's initial interviews, I really believed that he understood this concept, even if he didnt completly grasp the details. However, the one person in the world who not only understands "The Liverpool Way" but lives and breathes it is Kenny Dalglish. For goodness sake, the man steered us through the darkest hour of LFC history (and quite possibly the darkest hour any professional sports team has ever endured). If I am correct about point 1-above, who else would you want at the helm of LFC when it is making the most important decision of the next 50 years of LFC history. Luís André de Pina Cabral e Villas-Boas may be a tactical genius and a great manager, but he knows fuck all about the importance of Anfield or the cultural ramifications of this decision. By sacking Kenny now, they have insured that not only will an outsider be at the helm of the club when this decision is made, but that Kenny will not have any advisory role at LFC. Just a brutal thought.
3. In addition to points 1 & 2, Henry and Werner have now created a PR nightmare that was clearly unnecessary, and have alienated the support of its core patrons.
4. I will admit that this season was disappointing, but part of the disappointment is based upon the comments of Henry and Dalglish before the season when they proclaimed that the goal was Top-4. What a complete and utter blunder those comments were. Why not come in and say that LFC has been crashed upon the rocks by two incompetent owner and will take some time to restore. Sell low, buy high. Tell the fans that top-4, one year after purchase is an unrealistic goal and that we are here for the long term. By making those comments at the beginning of the year, FSG painted themselves into an untenable position. However, as bad as this season was, I truly believe that our end of the year table position is not an accurate reflection of where LFC is in its rebuilding process. I fully beleive that if we dont make a single change to our squad going into next year, I would expect us to improve by at least 2 places. If we made modest moves this summer, I think we could challenge for 4th. To guarantee a top-4 finish would require significant player acquisitions. I dont think any manager is going to change this equation. I expect that we will finish 4-6 next season, without even knowing who our manager will be or what players will come into the squad.
5. Keep Dalglish and focus on putting the backroom in Order. Let Dalglish handle this summer's transfers. Take your time with finding the right DoF. Put your advisors in place with Kenny at the helm this year. Let him improve on last year's results. Let him advise and assist the club with regard to the stadium issue. Let him retain his legend status. Avoid the PR nightmare and the backlash of the supporters. A year from now either the stadium issue will be resolved and FSG can then set about putting a long term manager in place with the advice of the DoF and other directors or FSG can cut their losses and move on. Either way, at the end of next season, Kenny can ride off into the sunset having once again navigated the club through troubled waters, adding to his legacy. The risks of something drastic happening next year are minimal and not significantly decreased by hiring a new manager.
Instead, FSG threw a grenade at the club and decided that now was a good time to start rebuilding. What a waste. Henry always talks about long term sustainability, but every major decision he makes is based on "WIN NOW". Silly that they dont have the patience to actually do what they say.