Definition of Success Now So Relative, Says Dalglish; Scot Admits That Priorities Are Different
Byline: Carl Markham
FORMER Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish believes the definition of success has changed in the Premier League era.
The Scot, who remains the last Liverpool boss to have won the league title, in 1990, was sacked in the summer despite delivering the club's first trophy in six years with victory in the Carling Cup and also reaching the final of the FA Cup. Liverpool's eighth-place finish persuaded owners Fenway Sports Group they needed to look elsewhere for progress and they turned to Brendan Rodgers.
Former Newcastle boss Dalglish is not bitter about his departure or his second spell in charge at the club but admits the priorities for top-flight managers have altered since his first period in the role.
"Success is gauged in different ways. It is a bit different now to what it was before," said Dalglish, speaking at the launch of The Football Pools 90 Day Community Challenge at St Helens Junior Football Club, who received funding of PS50,000 to makeover their club. "You have four spots to get into the Champions League, you can win the two domestic trophies, you can win the Europa League or qualify for Europe.
"I am sure if you asked some of the clubs, fourth-bottom is success. Everyone has a different idea. Staying in the Premier League is success because the value of the league is a trophy in itself because of the financial reward.
"But (you must) put the marker down before the start of the season and then judge a manager at the end of the season."
Dalglish has been back to Anfield to watch his former team just once since his departure in May. He stressed that was because of circumstances, but he also admitted it did Rodgers no favours when everyone from former club figures to the media readily gave their critique on his short reign.
"The last thing people need is for others to be giving their opinions," he said. "I know the job is a hard job - not just Liverpool but management.
"If you want to be manager of any club you have to adjust to the job, whatever that entails and whatever the sideshow entails, you know what it is before you get into it. …