By PHIL THOMAS
LIVERPOOL last night axed Kenny Dalglish as boss — a month after bosses said they had total faith in him.
Owner John W Henry will now fly into Britain to interview candidates with inspirational Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers understood to be top of his shortlist.
Wigan’s Roberto Martinez, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew and former Chelsea chief Andre Villas-Boas are also in the frame. There was even a betting stampede last night for ex-Kop boss Rafa Benitez.
Liverpool legend Dalglish paid the price for the Reds’ worst league points tally in 50 years, despite his Carling Cup triumph.
Dalglish said: “Of course I am disappointed with league results but I would not have swapped the Carling Cup win for anything.
“Whilst I’m obviously disappointed to be leaving, the matter has been handled by the owners in an honourable, respectful and dignified way.”
Dalglish made it clear he wanted to remain as manager, rather than consider a move upstairs, leaving Henry and Tom Werner’s Fenway Sports Group with the decision to make.