Dalglish hailed by FSG chief

BY foxsports • April 8, 2011

Dalglish took over in January in a caretaker capacity when Roy Hodgson was sacked just six months into the job. Although his appointment was seen as a stop-gap by the owners Dalglish has exuded the air of a man comfortable in the role he last occupied in 1991 and results on the pitch have been encouraging. Talks over a new deal have apparently been under way for three weeks but no timescale has been put on negotiations. "We have a taken a wait and see approach," FSG president Sam Kennedy told BBC News. "The conversations are happening now with the appropriate people - Ian Ayre (managing director), Damien Comolli (director of football) and the ownership. "But I do think he (Dalglish) has provided a great lift. He is a wonderful man, he is passionate about the club." Another issue FSG have to deal with is Anfield and whether to redevelop or press ahead with plans for a new stadium in Stanley Park. If they go for the latter the club's commercial team would be looking to sell naming rights but it is believed FSG's preferred option would be to remain at the existing ground. "I can confirm there will only be a naming rights deal if Liverpool move to a new stadium. Anfield will stay as Anfield," said Kennedy, reaffirming what Ayre said previously. "What we did at [Red Sox stadium] Fenway Park was we increased income from our sponsorship, so we did not need to go for a naming rights deal and preserved the stadium name there." Kennedy also offered reassurances that their player recruitment policy would be based on talent after club sponsors Standard Chartered indicated it would be a great commercial move to sign a player from Asia. "In 2007, the Red Sox signed pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka out of Japan, and everyone suggested that this was being done for business reasons," said the FSG president. "But any player that we sign for the Red Sox or for Liverpool will be signed for their impact on the sports field, not business reasons. "Winning on the field comes first, and business issues come second. Business supports the activities on the playing field."

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