May 16th marked the end of the second Kenny Dalglish era at Liverpool as Fenway Sports Group decided that his team's performances in the league simply haven't been up to scratch, despite his Carling Cup victory in February and deep run in the FA Cup. I'm sure you knew this already; it's the biggest football news around. But don't worry - I have less than zero interest in talking about Dalglish's departure. Instead, there's another name on the Anfield exodus that's much more interesting: Steve Clarke.
Yes, that Steve Clarke, the one who played 11 years with the club, managed the youth team and then served as Jose Mourinho's assistant manager at Chelsea, finally departing at the end of the 2007-08 season. His record with the Blues as a player is good - an FA Cup, a League Cup and a Cup Winners Cup - and he added five more trophies to the cabinet as a coach. And then he left to join Gianfranco Zola at West Ham, finally ending up in the employ of Liverpool last January when Kenny Dalglish took over the club.
Now he's free again. I'm not sure that Chelsea will be able to find a place for him, or if he'd want to come back, but I'd certainly like to see them make a play. Clarke's a Chelsea man through and through and it'd be really wonderful to bring him home. It sure couldn't hurt the defending either.