Monday 19 March 2018

Ayre: Kenny wasn’t hung out to dry

LIVERPOOL managing director Ian Ayre has insisted manager Kenny Dalglish was not "hung out to dry" over the Luis Suarez racism saga, despite admitting mistakes were made.

Dalglish found himself facing a tide of criticism as the Uruguayan striker attempted in vain to fight allegations that he had abused Manchester United defender Patrice Evra in October, and was ultimately hit with an eight-game ban.

However, Ayre was adamant that the management team had dealt with the issue as a whole. He said: “The great thing about Liverpool Football Club, and particularly the great thing about the team we have running that football club together day to day, is we are all in it together.


“We have a little word that we started using about a year ago, which is ‘Unity'. We were unified during that process, we are unified as a management team, we are unified as an ownership and management team.

“Kenny wasn't hung out to dry and never would be. He's a very important part of our team.

“We were all involved in all of the process and we all move on from the process for the same reasons. He is a good man and we all support him.”

Ayre acknowledged that the row could have been handled better, but added that Suarez – who reignited the tension when he did not shake hands with Evra when the sides met once again in February – and the club have moved on. He said: “Look, hindsight is a wonderful thing. Did we get anything wrong? Yes, I am sure we did, but we move on.”

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