In the Field & Dugout: Top 8 Player Managers in Football History


6. Kenny Dalglish

The Player:

Positon: Striker
Titles: 24

King Kenny, the man who shook the Kop.

Rarely does a player garner the adulation of fans the way Kenny Dalglish did in his tenures at Celtic and then more famously at Liverpool. Born in the Dalmarnock section of Glasgow, Kenny was raised in the same locality as fellow Scottish footballing icon Sir Alex Ferguson. As remarkable as it may appear for the first footballer to amass 100 goals in Britain and Scotland, Kenny Dalglish began his career as a goal-keeper before choosing to terrorize defences rather than assuring them. Between 1971 and 1977, Dalglish fired Celtic to four First Division titles, four Scottish Cups, and four League Cups before departing for the Merseyside. Here, he entered the most successful phase of his footballing career as Liverpool gained global recognition for their on-field success. Adored by his own, feared by others, King Kenny’s prodigious goal-scoring record helped Liverpool win three European Cups, five English League titles, and four League Cups.