Dalglish: If England want the best, they should get Fergie!
Published 11:09 10/02/12 By MirrorFootball
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has cheekily hinted Manchester United rival and fellow Scot, Sir Alex Ferguson, should be the next England boss.
After the departure of Fabio Capello this week Tottenham's Harry Redknapp has been installed as the favourite to take over.
But Dalglish, whose side go to Old Trafford tomorrow, thinks if the Football Association want a home-grown manager to take over they should go for the one with the best record.
"It doesn't really affect me, obviously the Scots boys are all right as they are settled with a manager doing a good job," said Dalglish, in reference to Scotland manager Craig Levein.
"England are on the look-out for another one and if you are looking for a manager I think you look for the one with the best record since the Premier League started of looking after English-British players and the success they have had.
"If I was in their position I'd be looking at the best one and if it's not available then start going down from there.
"Whether they want someone of their own nationality or the want the best it's up to them."
Dalglish said he was not referring to Redknapp, although "Harry would be fantastic".
When asked if he meant Ferguson Dalglish, with a smile, added "I never said that."
Ferguson had earlier laughed off the idea he could take over from Capello, saying "The FA have approached David Gill - I said I would let them know on April 1.
"I would do it. I would relegate them."
While his comments may have been in jest, Dalglish has at least partially moved the spotlight away from Suarez, who made his comeback with a 24-minute substitute cameo in Monday's goalless draw at home to Tottenham.
The 25-year-old appeared to show no ill-effects from missing the whole of January as he produced a typically determined, sparky display and could even have won the match late on.
Dalglish refused to comment on the likely reception Suarez will receive from United fans.
"We will comment on football," said the Reds boss.
"We enjoy going there to play football and that is all we are going to concentrate on, we've covered every other aspect of what has to be covered.
"In the build-up to the FA Cup tie here (which Liverpool won 2-1) everyone played their part; both clubs, both sets of fans and the referee (Mark Halsey) was magnificent in the way he handled the game.
"If it is the same again then everyone will be happy."
Dalglish did, however, say he felt Suarez had not suffered much from a lack of pitch time and likened the situation to 12 months ago when the striker arrived from Ajax at the end of January.
Then he had served a seven-match ban for biting an opponent in Holland and had not played because of the Dutch league's winter break but scored in his first match.
So his short, impact spell against Spurs was nothing the Liverpool manager did not expect.
"He was off for a long time when he came here and signed and he came on and scored against Stoke so it never surprised us because we know what type of person he is," added Dalglish.
"When you see them in training you can analyse where they are because training is a little bit different to match day.
"He keeps himself fit and we know matches are the quickest way to get him back to match-standard and that is what he needs.
"But he will always be fit and sharp."