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Managerial Career

1984-85
  • Announced as the new Liverpool player-manager on 30 May 1985, less than 24 hours after the events of Heysel, succeeding Joe Fagan.

1985-86
  • Guides Liverpool to their first and only league and FA Cup double in his first season as player-manager.
  • Becomes the first player-manager to win either a championship or a double.
  • Named Manager of the Year.

1986-87
  • Guides the club to a 1-1 draw in the Charity Shield with double runners-up Everton at Wembley.
  • Liverpool win the Dubai Super Cup against Celtic 4-2 on penalties after the game finishes 1-1.
  • Liverpool finish runners-up in the Littlewoods League Cup after going down 2-1 to Arsenal in the final at Wembley.
  • Liverpool also finish runners-up to Everton in the league.

1987-88
  • Sees his team storm to Liverpool's 17th league championship and their second under his command.
  • Liverpool finish runners-up in the FA Cup after a shock 1-0 defeat to Wimbledon in the final.
  • Named Manager of the Year for the second time.

1988-89
  • The season of Hillsborough. Kenny Dalglish leads the club in expressing their grief at the terrible tragedy, attending as many funerals as he could, a gesture that will never be forgotten by the those affected.
  • Guides the club to their second FA Cup triumph under his command.
  • Finish runners-up in the league to Arsenal, who top the table on superior number of goals to Liverpool after ending up level on points and goal difference.

1989-90
  • Liverpool sweep to their 18th championship, their 10th in 15 seasons and their 3rd of Dalglish's 5-season managerial reign.
  • Liverpool become the first club to be champions in four consecutive decades - 1960's, 1970's, 1980's and 1990's.
  • It is also Dalglish's eighth title medal, five as player and three as player-manager.
  • Named Manager of the Year for the third time.

1990-91
  • Oversees his Liverpool team for the last time in a pulsating 4-4 draw with Everton at Goodison Park in an FA Cup replay.
  • 48 hours later on Friday, 22 February, 1991, Kenny Dalglish announces his resignation as manager, and leaves the club at the top of the league. Ronnie Moran takes over as acting manager.
  • Liverpool end the season in 2nd place.

1991-92
  • Appointed manager of Second Division Blackburn Rovers hours before their home game at Ewood Park against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, 12 October 1991. Rovers win 5-2.
  • Appoints Ray Harford as his assistant.
  • The Lancashire club climb the table and a 1-0 Wembley win over Leicester City in the Second Division play-off final in May takes Blackburn back into the top flight for the first time since 1966 and in time for the launch of the new Premier League.

1992-93
  • With Blackburn's ambitions financed by vice-president and lifelong supporter Jack Walker, Dalglish signs Alan Shearer from Southampton for 3.3 million, a new British record. He is the key arrival in a flurry of new signings at Ewood and proves to be a bargain investment.
  • Blackburn finish a creditable 4th in the Premiership.

1993-94
  • Brings in more new faces, including 2.75 million David Batty from Leeds United and 2 million goalkeeper Tim Flowers from Southampton.
  • Blackburn set a new club record of 13 consecutive home wins.
  • Guides the club to a good second place finish in only their second season in the top flight, 8 points behind champions Manchester United.
  • Shearer finish top scorer in the league with 31 goals in 40 appearances.

1994-95
  • Dalglish breaks the transfer record again, paying Norwich 5 million for Chris Sutton in July 1994.
  • Altogether, Dalglish had made 27 signings at a cost of 27.75 million.
  • Shearer and Sutton are dubbed the 'SAS' and they shoot Blackburn to the Premiership title with 34 and 15 League goals respectively.
  • It's his ninth championship success in England, five as a player, three as player-manager of Liverpool and now another as Blackburn manager, a unique record.
  • He also becomes only the third manager in the history of English football to win the championship with different clubs following Herbert Chapman (Huddersfield 1924, 1925; Arsenal 1931, 1933) and Brian Clough (Derby County 1972; Nottingham Forest 1978).
  • Relinquishes his position as manager on 25 June 1995 to become Blackburn's Director of Football. Ray Harford takes charge of team affairs.

1995-96
  • Blackburn experience a reversal of fortune, losing the Charity Shield 1-0 to FA Cup winners Everton at Wembley.
  • Blackburn fail to reach the lucrative Champions League knock-out stage after away defeats by Rosenborg, Legia Warsaw and Spartak Moscow.
  • Blackburn, hit by long-term injuries to key men such as Graeme Le Saux, Chris Sutton, Ian Pearce, Jason Wilcox and Kevin Gallacher and having sold David Batty to Newcastle for 3.75 million, win four of their last five games to finish seventh in the Premiership.

1996-97
  • Alan Shearer departs Blackburn Rovers for his home-town club Newcastle United in a world record 15 million transfer.
  • Less than a month later, Dalglish's 14-month stint as Director of Football is terminated by 'mutual consent'.
  • In December, appointed business development manager for Rangers chairman David Murray's company Carnegie Sports International.
  • In January, Kevin Keegan sensationally quits Newcastle United and for the second time in his career, Kenny Dalglish find himself suceeding the former Liverpool and England star.
  • Announced as manager in a press conference on 14 January.
  • Newcastle, in a nail-biting climax to the season, finish 2nd in the Premier League after a 5-0 thrashing of Nottingham Forest. Hence claiming the controversial second ticket into the European Champions League.

1997-98
  • Newcastle United finish in a disappointing 13th place in the league.
  • Injury to key man Alan Shearer severely weakens squad's ability to score goals. Dalglish signing Temuri Ketsbaia seems an inadequate stand-in.
  • Qualify for the FA Cup final, but are defeated 2-0 by league champions Arsenal.

1998-99
  • After only two games into the new season, Dalglish is sensationally sacked by the board of directors of Newcastle United who almost immediately bring in Ruud Gullit as the new manager.
  • Dalglish takes legal action concerning his dismissal, eventually winning compensation from the board.
  • In June, Dalglish becomes "Director of Football" at Celtic. Appoints former Liverpool team-mate John Barnes as club manager.

1999-2000
  • After a succession of poor results, Celtic manager John Barnes is sacked. Dalglish takes over as interim manager.
  • In March, Kenny Dalglish fends off talk about taking the job on a full-time basis after his side lifted the CIS Insurance Cup with a 2-0 victory over Aberdeen at Hampden Park. Goals from Vidar Riseth and Tommy Johnson lifted some of the gloom over Parkhead after a troubled season that threatened to end with no trophy in the cabinet for a second successive season.
  • June sees "Director of Football", Kenny Dalglish, sacked by Celtic. After pursuing a 1.2m legal action against the Scottish Premier League club at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, lawyers for both sides reach a settlement, with Dalglish being awarded more than 600,000 from Celtic.

2000-01
  • In October, Kenny Dalglish is recruited as a non-executive director by the London-based Eye Group, which is buying up the rights to various sports in anticipation for an explosion in media and internet demand for coverage. Dalglish's role with the company will be to help secure rights to different sporting events as an instantly-recognisable personality, but his contacts within the field in which he has made his name could prove invaluable. The Eye Group recently staged squash's British Open Championships, which received television coverage for the first time in 12 years, and also has the rights to the Horse of the Year Show. Dalglish and his associates are aiming to redevelop and re-package sports, such as motorsport, basketball, snooker and some football - they already handle a lucrative contract for Premiership coverage in the Gulf States - to give them a glitzier profile and greater accessibility.

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