Is Liverpool’s Roy Hodgson The Luckiest Man In England?

July 28, 2010 - Skopje, FYROM - epa02264143 Liverpool's coach Roy Hodgson adress to the journalists during the press conference in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 28 July 2010. Liverpol FC will face FC Rabotnicki in the qualification for Europa League in the Macedonian capitol Skopje on 29 July 2010.

Sometimes you just luck out in life. Sometimes everything just goes right. Things you usually have to struggle to achieve just fall in your lap without you even trying. Sometimes you’re just on roll, the universe has briefly aligned itself in your favour and for a short period of time you are King of the World.

It doesn’t last of course, more is the pity and such lucky streaks are all too few and far between.

It looks as though Roy Hodgson is in the middle of just one such streak. Things could hardly have gone better for him since being installed as Liverpool manager; a good win away in the Europa League qualifier with a make-shift side, a marquee signing in Cole. He may also soon have over twenty million pounds from the sale of Mascherano to play with. He has retained Gerrard and Torres and then, just when it couldn’t get any better, the club is on the verge of being sold to new investors who could fund him handsomely and build a new 60,000 seat stadium, the income from which will allow Liverpool to compete even more effectively. That is one lucky rabbits foot you’ve got there Roy.

The cloud of gloom that has hung over Anfield since the arrival of Hicks and Gillette may at last be evaporating and the bright light of a new dawn beginning to shine through.

The worry must be, and as a man of great experience he will be all too aware of this, that he is peaking too soon. That this streak of positivity cannot continue and that some are already over-rating their chances in the league this year. He must manage expectations very carefully. If they beat Arsenal in their opening game, it’s easy to see a tidal wave of over-optimistic fans and journalists hailing them as potential champions.

And yet at this point in a season, without a ball being kicked in anger, it’s hard not to see Liverpool on the verge of a proper renaissance. Yet, we have no real idea if the new owners will in reality be any better than the Gruesome Twosome who infected the club for the last three years. They too had come in full of big words and grand promises but failed to deliver and instead created a toxic atmosphere at the club. It’s hard to think the new lot will be any worse but we really don’t know.

We also have no idea just how well the new squad will knit together. Signing Joe Cole was a great move for Roy, but he is a mercurial player so it’s also one that could look misplaced if Cole fails to turn on the magic in the first few weeks. If Torres keeps being injured for half a season it won’t help his cause either.

So there are still many hurdles to overcome before Liverpool are restored to what many see as their rightful position towards the apex of British and indeed world football and Hodgson will need a few more good streaks of luck along the way.

But as it stands, you could do a lot worse than ask Roy for his lottery numbers this weekend. With his luck, they’ll all come up.

10 thoughts on “Is Liverpool’s Roy Hodgson The Luckiest Man In England?”

  1. You make your own luck. HIs hard work at small clubs has paid dividends now. I hate Liverpool but wish Hodgson luck anyway.

  2. I feel that you’re not giving Hodgson enough credit. To be successful in anything you need luck, but you also need skill. To do what he’s done at Fulham with so little is well beyond luck and some skill. It’s genius if you ask me.

    Don’t know if you’re a cautious Liverpool fan or just making a general overview as an outside fan, but this right here is why I wish Hodgson never left Fulham because the majority of fans at Liverpool feel he’s not worthy and that he’s “lucky” or “unqualified” for such a prestigious club (Leeds is prestigious to, mind you, but what does that account for these days?) in the Premier League of English football.

    If he signs who he wants, lots of money or not, I think Hodgson can do well as long as people within the club believe in him, just as they did at Fulham.

  3. Liverpool have had their share of bad luck and good luck in recent years. Yes you make your own luck, but who complains about the lucky bounce of a ball, but everyone complains about an unlucky bounce. Yes a club of liverpools size that ends up with a new stadium in a years time (or so) would be a massive lift. Owners who could inject 20-30 million for a player or two every season would be a huge fix for Liverpool who arguably need only a player or two. When the new owners come (it is only a matter of time) they may be not much better than the heckle and jeckle, but hard to be worse. I do not wish to have a City like owner who just throws money at a team and expects results. I am happy with a diverse squad with a good coach, but how much could a true winger hurt the club, or a reasonable defensive mid?

  4. This reminds me of the old saying, “what goes around comes around”. Usually we hear of people getting what they deserve on the negative end, but Roy is a class act and is reaping what he has sewn with class and integrity.

  5. At first glance, Hodgson certainly seems to have got lucky, in the fact that just after joining Liverpool, there is suddenly the prospect that new investors are gonna come in and give him more money.

    But at the same time, this could actually prove to be unlucky. New investors may well have much higher expectations than Hicks & Gilette, and may be keen on installing someone else as manager if he gives them the slightest excuse to do so – think of how things worked out for Ranieri at Chelsea and Hughes at Man City when new owners came along.

  6. I am not sure what exactly he is lucky for…..he has an aging, injury-prone team….he has a talent level that is considerably down from other top teams….he has a youth system in complete disarray….should I go on?

  7. I completely agree with Bious. Mourinho and Ancelloti were lucky to inherit the teams they did with a stable owner with deep pockets to boot.. Not so Hodgson. He has his work cut out for him. Also, just look at the money he is trying to spend to bring in players. None are priced more then 6 million pounds (Figuora, Poulson). There’s no guarantee that if Mascherano is sold that Hodgson will be given all the money to spend.

  8. Roy has already shown that he isn’t that good of a manager. Even at Fulham his team only won 6 away games all season. Liverpool fans are in for a long season of disappointment. Any manager that plays Lucas and Poulsen, both below-average midfielders and who cannot go forward, is definitely showing his mediocrity. It is not an accident that Roy was so bad at Blackburn. He just isn’t very good and if he weren’t British he would be getting a lot more criticism. The english press has a double standard when it comes to how they rate managers.

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