Dalglish handed Werner backing

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Liverpool chairman Tom Wermer promises manager Kenny Dalglish will not be sacked despite yesterday's shock departure of director of football Damien Comolli.

Comolli departed Anfield by mutual consent following a string of failed transfers which has led to a dire league campaign, with the Reds having won just three leagues games since the turn of the year.

Dalgish's hand in bringing many of the new faces to arrive on Merseyside, coupled with his leadership of a side who will miss out on Champions League qualification for a third successive season, led to fears that he would be the next to face the chop, but Werner is backing the Scot.

"We've got great confidence in Kenny," he said. "We feel the team is going to make strides in the future and he enjoys our full support.

"We believe the senior management is very strong, Ian Ayre is an outstanding managing director. His charge is to raise revenue so that we can put the resources into strengthening our football club.

"We've got great confidence in the other people in football operations, and so the answer is there will be no future changes of significance."

Just two wins in their last 10 games, including Tuesday's victory over Blackburn Rovers, has been a microcosm of a dreadful league campaign for Liverpool, who had ambitions of returning to Europe's premier club competition this season.

However, the summer acquisitions of Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam have failed to produce the sort of form required to challenge for the top four, let alone contest in the Premier League title race.

Werner, who lays much of the blame at Comolli's door, felt it was the right time to act.

"I think it's fair to say no supporter would be delighted with the results we've achieved this year," he added. "We feel we are a club that needs to be perceived as the strongest club in football and we want to get there.

"Frankly, we make these decisions with a great deal of care because it's our track record in Boston to give people authority and we've had great success with our manager, who was there for eight years, and our general manager, so we prefer stability.

"But when it's time to act, we need to act. We're coming close to the end of the season and the transfer window for the summer, and we felt it was important to make this change expeditiously.

The dismissal of Comolli comes two days before Liverpool's crunch FA Cup semi-final against Everton, an opportunity to add a second domestic trophy amid their difficulties.

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