LONDON — Kenny Dalglish’s second stint as Liverpool manager ended Wednesday when he was fired following the club’s disappointing eighth-place finish in the Premier League.
Dalglish was in charge for fewer than 500 days, as club owners decided to terminate his contract despite having ended the team’s six-year trophy drought with the League Cup triumph in February.
“Results in the Premier League have been disappointing and we believe to build on the progress that has already been made, we need to make a change,” Liverpool chairman Tom Werner said.
That decision was taken after Dalglish flew to Boston this week for an end-of-season review with the Boston Red Sox ownership group, which owns Liverpool.
After the 2011 baseball season, the Red Sox hired a new manager in Bobby Valentine, after Terry Francona parted ways with the team.
A League Cup triumph in February secured Liverpool’s return to European play through the Europa League. Dalglish also took the team to the FA Cup final, but he fell short of the owner’s target of finishing in the top four in the league as Liverpool went 14-14-10 and wound up 17 points behind fourth-place Tottenham. The Reds finished behind crosstown rival Everton for the first time since 2005 and only the second time since 1987.