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TT Podcast: Should Kenny stay or go?

Monday 2nd April 2012 13:29

Dalglish and McLeish: Under debate on the new TEAMtalk Podcast

Dalglish and McLeish: Under debate on the new TEAMtalk Podcast

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Should Kenny Dalglish stay or go? Who will manage England this summer? Will Aston Villa go down? It's all debated on the new TEAMtalk Podcast.

The new TEAMtalk Podcast is here! Listen via the Mixcloud player below, or download it for free as an MP3 file from our Media section. The Podcast will also be available on iTunes.

Simon Wilkes is this week's host, and he is joined in the studio by fellow TEAMtalker Mark Holmes and Sky Sports reporter Pete O'Rourke, who is a massive but beleaguered Liverpool fan.

There are also contributions from Kenny Dalglish, Roberto Di Matteo, Tim Krul and Harry Redknapp.

More Reds trauma on Tyneside

The trio discuss the fall-out from Newcastle's 2-0 win over Liverpool on Sunday.

Many Reds fans on our messageboards have called for King Kenny's head. O'Rourke feels the Scot deserves to see the season out, and admits Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp is top of his wishlist should the Scot leave Anfield in the summer.

Holmes disagrees, and thinks Dalglish should be given one more season, while Wilkes also feels this summer will be the right time for the Reds legend to hand over the reins to a younger, hungrier manager.

Fans' view: kopitesraw (Liverpool): Dalglish may be a legend but forget the sentiment, since January only Wolves have picked up less points than us, only Wolves have scored less. Frankly there was an argument for sacking Kenny in January, if it wasn't for an average start to the season we would be in a relegation dogfight for real this year. Do the right thing Kenny, put the club first.

The race for third

It turned out to be a great weekend for Tottenham, who took confidence from QPR's shock win over in-form Arsenal and saw off Swansea at the Lane.

Brendan Rodgers did his CV no harm as the Swans played their usual flowing game - and Holmes believes Harry Redknapp should take charge of England for Euro 2012 alone, then return to club football where he is at his happiest.

O'Rourke is not a fan of that idea, and feels the FA need to appoint a long-term manager, with West Brom boss Roy Hodgson fitting the bill for him.

Fans' view: scoff23 (Tottenham Hotspur): To all of those who are unsure of Brendan Rodgers because of his lack of experience at top level;- whilst I understand your reservations and also the point about big name managers attracting top players, I would gently remind you all that our greatest ever manager- the legendary Bill Nicholson- was neither a big name nor did he have Premier League (at the time Div 1) managerial experience when he took over Spurs in 1958. What he did have -in spades- was a vision of how football should be played (having "cut his teeth" in the "push and run" side of '51. I think BR has the same kind of vision.

Title talk, Wolves down, Latics looking good, Villa worry

The trio discuss the title battle between the two Manchester clubs, and can't see United being overtaken having assumed pole position.

Then they turn their attention to the dogfight at the bottom end of the table, and make a case for Alex McLeish's Villa getting dragged into the dropzone.

The Villans play Liverpool, Stoke, Manchester Utd, Sunderland, Bolton, West Brom, Tottenham, Norwich in their last eight games - and Holmes leads the criticism of McLeish's tactics and style of play, which could end in back-to-back relegations for the dour Scot.

O'Rourke says Wolves need to start preparing for life in the Championship - and made a huge mistake sacking Mick McCarthy.

Holmes, meanwhile, bangs the drum for Wigan's Great Escape, saying they are as used to getting out of trouble as United are to winning the league.

Fans' view: eireace (Aston Villa): The sad thing is we all knew this how are season would go, a few of you bravely tried to remain optimistic but I'm sure that delusion has been well and truly shattered. AM was a mistake, a horrible horrible mistake, his appointment defied any reasonable logic, no-one here wanted him regardless and what was predicted has come true. I just really hope we don't go down, it would be awful. I mean surely he can't get the hatrick of relegation's with us? He needs to go, I just hope the thing that finally gets Randy to drop the axeon AM's tenure is not the fall of this great club to the second tier!

If you've got a view on the TEAMtalk Podcast or any of the weekend talking points, let us know by posting a Comment below!

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