My reputation means nothing… winning is all that matters, insists Dalglish
22:28 GMT, 30 March 2012
Kenny Dalglish insists he does not
regret returning for a second spell as Liverpool manager even though
faltering results are threatening to damage his reputation.
The Anfield legend has found his
position scrutinised like never before in recent months, as Liverpool's
worst run of form since 1993 – five defeats in six Barclays Premier
League games – has demolished their hopes of a top four finish.
Proud to be in charge: Dalglish insists he has no regrets
Dalglish is regarded as Liverpool's greatest player and his status was enhanced during his first spell in charge between 1985 and 1991, when he led the team to three league titles and two FA Cups, but his status is now on the line.
However, Dalglish is not worried about how he is perceived or what he may have to lose.
His only concern is arresting the Carling Cup winners' alarming slump at Newcastle on Saturday and has demand his players develop a ruthless streak.
'That was said when I took the job and my answer then was that it was an honour to be asked to come back,' said Dalglish.
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'It was unfortunate in the circumstances because that meant that Roy (Hodgson) had lost his job but I don't see any reason to change my opinion now. To manage this football club is an honour.
'We don't need to be the attractive passing team we want to be, sometimes we've got to be more ruthless. It is all part and parcel of learning.
'We can win a game but you've also got to learn how not to lose a game. I think we are good enough to beat everybody in the league, and have been.
'We knocked the teams who are first and second in the league out of both domestic cup competitions in January. That wasn't a bad scalp.'
Andy Carroll, meanwhile, has vowed not to celebrate if he marks his first return to the Sports Direct Arena with a goal.
'I hope I get a good reception from the fans, as they'll be getting one from me,' said Carroll.
'I thought I did well for the club when I was there and loved it. If I score, I won't celebrate. I have always had a good relationship with the Newcastle fans and it stems back to playing for them.'