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Which Manager Should Replace Roy Hodgson At Liverpool?

For many Liverpool supporters who were holding out faith for Roy Hodgson to turn the team around, many lost their belief in Hodgson after Wednesday night’s pathetic performance against Wolves.

At this rate, Hodgson’s position as Liverpool manager is tenuous. But who do you think should replace him? Vote in the poll below and share your opinion in the comments section.

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55 Responses to Which Manager Should Replace Roy Hodgson At Liverpool?

  1. Matthew N says:

    Who is voting for Martin O Neill. Bring back Benitez!

  2. Liam says:

    Which idiots voted O’Neill?

  3. Rafa. Please let it be Rafa. That way he could screw them up all over again!

  4. jbm says:

    Realistically, Kenny.

  5. King Eric says:

    hahaha, the poll has o’neill as favorite?! mr. hoof himself? the article below this one gives reasons why fulham should not sack hughes and i think the same goes for liverpool. honestly, it’s not even his team right now and what they need is stability and time to adjust to a new system while making some moves in the transfer market. a new manager isn’t going to fix their problems, they’re still the same team on paper- which really isn’t that impressive.

    so, did liverpool fans really think that roy or any other manager for that matter was really going to turn the club around in half a season? to be fair to a manager, they should at least be given a full season and some wiggle room in the transfer market to try and establish some kind of identity. i say if either team is going to sack them, it should be done at the end of the season so that a new manager has the entire summer to prepare his squad, most importantly mentally as a change mid-season could prove disastrous.

  6. Clampdown says:

    Does Comolli’s position at LFC preclude Martin Jol from consideration?

  7. King Eric says:

    on a side note, for special 1 tv purposes, i’d love to see sven back managing in the epl.

  8. brn442 says:

    Rafa – nice thought but I can’t stomach him coming back and buying another 70 players – only 10 of which, are just good enough to make the Man U/Chelsea bench.

    Dalgish is god but he’s been out of management for a bit, I’m not too sure. HE WILL however, having worked under Paisley and Fagan, be capable of bringing back a footballing/management philosophy to the club.

    Keegan – not a chance, about as tactically astute as my grandmother.

    Klinsmann and Rijkaard – (outside of a man city type budget) will probably take the club on a massive sugar rush.

    Pelligrini – can’t speak the language, may just be another Juande Ramos.

    O’Neill – Decent but does he have the patience to deal with the American Owners and a “football director”?

    Guus Hiddink – if he’s available, for sure.

  9. SantaClaus says:

    None of the above for me. What Liverpool need is to bring in a young manager with fresh ideas and a philosophy to play attractive football, something Liverpool were once noted for and the rerason why I bacame a Liverpool fan some 45 years ago. It pains me to see the club play such horrible football now. Personally I would go with someone like Michael Laudrup.

    If the club is thinking of stopping the rot now, for a short term repalcement I would go with Guus Hiddink. However, I think Liverpool need to think long term. I would also not be averse to the club selling Torres and/or Gerard for a hefty sum and using the money to build for the future. And then let the new manager have an input as to who the club buys and who should be sold. It’s not the current owner’s fault that Roy Hodgson was made manager but they did have 30 days (somewhere in that region) to replace Roy with their own choice of manager without compensation to Roy. They made a big mistake by not taking advantage of the timeframe as they now have to compensate Roy several million pounds if they are to replace him.

    • brn442 says:

      Well Said – Santa Claus – attractive football for sure but with some tactical steel, that is why I like Guus. I don’t back as far as you but the teams I grew up on from the 80′s could pass any team off the pitch, had wonderful link play, and defended from the front but most of all – had the confidence, expectation, and swagger to win.

      Laudrup in an interesting choice, he can be our Cruyff but I haven’t followed his management career to be honest.

  10. bas says:

    Would love to see King Kenny take the reigns, but that just might be a morale booster more than an actual managerial move.

  11. Connor says:

    None of them, Dechamps or Villas Boas.

  12. Terry says:

    Good post Santa Claus. I would include Didier Deschamps together with Michael Laudrup as possible new managers. My choice from the ones above would be Frank Rijkaard if he brought Hanc Ten Tate (sp?) with him. Together they were very successful at Barcelona and Frank didn’t do as well only after Hanc Ten Tate left.

  13. Evan says:

    I still don’t see how anyone could do a better job than Hodgsen. What do you expect him to do with the players he has?? Only 3 world class players and one of them is 31.If Liverpool hired a different boss at the beginning of the season, I could see them being in the bottom 3 right now.

  14. Camy says:

    Evan, are you serious that no one could do a better job than Hodgson? My gran would do better than him :) . Seriously, Roy Hodgson is not only a mediocre manager but is delusional too. Read his comments about yesterday’s game when he said Liverpool should have got a 0-0 draw. What was he watching? Wolves thoroughly deserved the win. When they lost to Everton he said they played well. What? It’s nonsense like that which have made Liverpool fans turn against him. Yes, the squad isn’t the best but to be 3 points from the relegation zone at the end of December is outright scandalous. He knows not what he does, or says. Time for him to go.

  15. Why are we debating the job that is not vacant. Hodgson deserves a full season like everyone else does in management jobs. He could also do with being backed in the market too

  16. Soccerlimey says:

    Hodgson really did himself in this morning with that rant about Liverpool fans and it’s a matter of time right now before the chop comes.

    http://www.soccerlimeyinamerica.com/?p=1753

    While believeing Hiddink would be a great choice, I doubt he will get the offer as he gets restless very quickly and is not a great talent evaluator. Liverpool will look for a lomg term choice, and O’Neill fits the bill with his infectious enthusiasm. Neither Dalglish, Klinsman nor Keegan want the job, and rijkaard is no more than a babysitter. Benitez is off the radar and Pellegrini is unproven.

  17. SoccerLimey says:

    Hodgson really did himself in this morning with his comments about the fans and I expect him to go in the next week or so.

    http://www.soccerlimeyinamerica.com/?p=1753

    Hiddink would be a great choice to do the job but he gets restless early and Liverpool would be looking for a long term replacement. O’Neill fits the bill although Comolli’s presence might stymie that appointment. Rijkaard is just a babysitter, and neither Dalglish, Klinsmann, or Keegan want the job. Pellegrini is unproven and Benitez would be a step backwards.

    Should be interesting

  18. Eddie Torres says:

    How long until Maradona claims to be a top candidate?

  19. Arnold says:

    As a Bristol City supporter we never had a worse manager than Roy in 1980. He was fired because he was terrible. Give him a full season and Liverpool might end up in the Championship next season.

  20. Gaz Hunt says:

    This question ignores the fact that no manager can realistically have an impact on some of the problems Liverpool have on the pitch.

    Hodgson has nothing to do with our goalkeeper booting the ball right into a striker’s feet, defenders falling over themselves trying to intercept a simple through ball, mid fielders unable to pass the ball around, and strikers not willing to put the work in to hold the ball up.

    These are professional footballers that are expected to do these simple things right without the need of an expensive manager.

    Having said that, I’d just go with King Kenny when we do blame it all on Hodgson.

  21. old33 says:

    Give me one who is young enough to run with the boys, someone who wll run up and down the sidelines ala Jose, and can speak a little English…Anyone for a Dr. Jekell Steve Nicol, or Mr Hyde Eric Cantona (think about it…).

  22. Avalon says:

    Gaz Hunt, managers are paid to prepare the players to perform properly. Even under Benitez when the team came 7th in the league never did the team look as pathetic as they do now. Players play within a system and Roy has devised a system that is plain boring and all about hoofing the ball out of defense. He does not believe in pass and move soccer. Someone in another article had a link to a Tomkins piece about Roy Hodgson’s tactics and it doesn’t make for good reading if you’re a Liverpool fan. His philosophy hasn’t changed in ages.

    I’m a Blackburn Rovers fan and have to tell you that we went from winning the title a year before Hodgson took over to finishing 19th two years later after he spent a fortune on transfers (he outspent Fergie at United). He was fired when the team was in last place before Christmas 1998. Anyone who cares to examine Roy’s career will find out how average he has been everywhere he has gone, except his stint in Scandinavia. It boggles my mind that people rate him highly and are surprised that Liverpool are where they are. The last time Liverpool were this bad at the beginning of the new year they were relegated. Not a good sign if you support Liverpool.

  23. dominjon says:

    Lets stop with the absurd notion that the squad is so terrible nobody could do any better than losing at home to Wolves and Blackpool. Liverpool had more players at the world cup than any other EPL team. The squad lacks title winning quality, hell it lacks top 4 quality, but it is a squad capable of beating 2/3rds of the league and with the right motivation and tactics be, well, competitve.

  24. Steven K. says:

    Brian Kettle TIA

    Quote:
    Roy Hodgson is an intelligent man. He went to grammar school, speaks several languages, has a rich vocabulary and commanding turn of phrase and – as he often reminds us – 35 years of experience in football management.

    So why is this intelligent man behaving the way he is, and has been throughout his tormented reign as Liverpool manager – failing to acknowledge his deficiencies, blaming the club’s problems on anyone he can find, stubbornly insisting that he’s doing his best and acting with incredulity when others suggest it’s not good enough?

    The answer is entitlement. He thinks he’s owed it. He believes that the Liverpool job is the crowning glory of a storied career and that not only can his fabled methods not be questioned, but they should be allowed limitless time to flourish.

    And the problem – of course – is that the fabled career he’s thinking of is one that’s been faithfully and fancifully reported by his friends in the press, fuelled by his own imagination and hubris, and yet not borne out by his actual record and certainly not by his time at Anfield.

    We’ve already heard him retell his palm-fronded arrival at the club last summer:

    someone who had been brought in with the pomp and circumstance, and the money it took them to release me from my previous contract, and being feted as one of England’s best managers
    Except of course he was grudgingly welcomed at best, by a group of supporters willing to give him a chance but knowing he was no Benitez, Mourinho or Wenger.

    And since then he’s upgraded himself from Emperor to Deity:

    having defied people they have started to crucify me
    Perhaps most famously, he took great umbrage at his management style being questioned, betraying both his ego and the journeyman nature of his career in his response:

    What do you mean do my methods translate? They have translated from Halmstad to Malmo to Orebo to Neuchatel Xamax to the Swiss national team. So I find the question insulting. To suggest that, because I have moved from one club to another, that the methods which have stood me in good stead for 35 years and made me one of the most respected coaches in Europe don’t suddenly work, is very hard to believe.

    Little wonder, then, that while he still maintains that he will not change the methods that worked so “well” at Fulham and that he “can’t work better” than he is, he still quite regally brushes off the complaints of people who think that 12th place, Route One football and a team and support close to revolt is unacceptable. This despite taking charge of a squad that got his predecessor sacked for coming seventh and spending half the money he was given to improve it on Paul Konchesky and Christian Poulsen. People without those 35 years experience just don’t understand:

    Fans are waiting for a man with a magic wand that can turn all of the ills that everyone has seen into something different. Those of us who work in the game and have been working in the game a long time know that magic wand doesn’t exist.

    But this isn’t new in Hodgson. This isn’t just the Liverpool job swelling his head and clouding his thinking. Here he is, interviewed by the Independent back in 2002:

    Of course, my track record, if people bothered to study it, would put me in the same category as [Sir Alex] Ferguson enjoys today , but people don’t talk about what I’ve done outside England. Here, they just talk about Blackburn Rovers, but that’s just a very small part of a 26-year career. To most English journalists it’s the only part. I’ve got an excellent track record in Sweden, Switzerland, Italy and in Denmark, where FC Copenhagen was my last job before I went to Udinese. We won the league there by seven points.
    Sound familiar? There’s more that he’s recycled since:

    You can be touted for future glories, then maybe a manager’s fortunes change and the whole attitude towards him changes. Of course, it’s wrong. If you’ve got the ability to be a good manager one minute, then unless people’s judgements are totally wrong, that ability doesn’t just disappear a few months later.

    But here’s the killer – the real clue to the entitlement that festered and festered, that was brought to the peak by a Manager of the Year award that to the rest of us was clearly an Underdog award or for Lifetime Achievement, but for Hodgson was pomp, circumstance and deification. Here he is discussing the England job, given to Sven-Goran Eriksson:

    I was sure he’d do a good job, as has been proven the case. But if you’ve been a candidate for the job, and you’d be happy to take it and somebody else gets it, then obviously any feelings you have for them are going to be mitigated by the fact that you wish it had been you. It [not being selected] didn’t bother me. I didn’t put myself up as a candidate. I was just pleased to hear that I was being considered. That was an honour in itself. It would have been an even greater honour if they’d said, ‘You’re the man’. But I understood that I was in competition with some other very strong candidates, names like Sven, [Terry] Venables, [Arsène] Wenger, all the top people in the game and you can’t always expect to come out on top. I’m pleased they went for a good man and that it’s working out because I would have been disappointed if they’d passed me over and given it to someone who wasn’t very good and the team had done badly.

    Manager of Liverpool is a late substitute for the career-capping job so far cruelly denied him. He should have had it then, and before, and since.

    For it was always predicted that he would. Back in the pre-Sky era, when “continental football” got little press coverage, no TV coverage and YouTube was unimagined, Hodgson was always portrayed by his journalist friends as the dark horse for the England job. The well-kept secret of a brilliant English manager succeeding overseas.

    No matter that his success was with small nations and small clubs in poor leagues, and that his one attempt at a big job (with Internazionale) was short-lived and ignominious – it was a great story, and one that fed on itself. He was brilliant – grammar school, five languages, league titles in Sweden – and he would one day land the biggest job of all for an English manager.

    So when he lucked into one of the biggest jobs in club football – hired by men who don’t understand the game, just looking for someone who wouldn’t agitate and generate bad press like the last one – he took his house-of-cards history and bulletproof ego with him.

    He can’t be wrong. It’s the players’ fault, Benitez’s fault, the owners’ fault, the fans’ fault.

    The hoof-ball style of play, lack of width, unwillingness to press, disenchanted team, disenfranchised fans, woeful league position, future deteriorating every day he stays in the job – no one should mind him disclaiming responsibility and demanding patience.

    He’s entitled.

    • SoccerLimey says:

      Wonderfully written article too long for me to parse out completely, but I don’t buy into some of the comments. Agreed that he has an ego that is his biggest enemy right now, but he is not, and never has been, the type of manager to inspire immediately. Has he been given enough time – I doubt it, but he’s slitting his own throat right now.

      His Fulham team were an inspired group, as proven by their Europe run last year. However, the issues we saw under Benitez are still there – a listless, lazy group of players who play woefully inconsistent football week in week out. Remember, long ball is symptomatic of a team that is unfit, and lacking in creativity.

      Do I think he should go? Probably so after today’s performance, but please, Mr TIA, don’t get lured into believing that firing Roy is the solution. These players are blatantly not good enough any more, and a new manager won’t fix that.

  25. Jefferson says:

    Wow!
    “The answer is entitlement. He thinks he’s owed it. He believes that the Liverpool job is the crowning glory of a storied career and that not only can his fabled methods not be questioned, but they should be allowed limitless time to flourish.

    And the problem – of course – is that the fabled career he’s thinking of is one that’s been faithfully and fancifully reported by his friends in the press, fuelled by his own imagination and hubris, and yet not borne out by his actual record and certainly not by his time at Anfield.”

    This is what I don’t understand. Why so many think Hodgson is a top class manager when his actaul record says otherwise? Baffled. OK, so the press has helped him but why did readers buy it and not examine his record. It’s not as if it was secret. You can find anything using the internet in just seconds.

  26. Gaz Hunt says:

    Avalon and company,

    “These players are blatantly not good enough any more, and a new manager won’t fix that.”

    That’s very close to my opinion. I’ve supported my club for over 20 years and this is the worst team we’ve had in that time.

    I fail to believe that one man can be responsible for the play I’ve seen my team play this season.

    I know it’s hip to think that the manager is responsible for everything and anything now-a-days but I don’t buy it. Studies (most notable one conducted for the geek-friendly book, Soccernomics) state that the results of a team with a “high profile” managers are little to no different than that of an “average” manager. Even a “crap” manager has little effect on a team in relation to his “high profile” counterpart.

    The manager has risen from club secretary to official face of the club in the last 50 or so years. Yet despite this, he is still little more than club spokesperson. The manager sets the tone, develops the tactics, and makes the substitutions. In relation to a football match, that’s not much. After that, it’s up to the players to get the job done and he is left to either become the scapegoat for club and player ineptitude or savior for lifting his players (all the while not doing much different in either scenario).

    Managers are great and all but it all comes down to the players on the pitch, mate. Any manager on the Liverpool bench can not change the fact that our players are making silly mistakes, look scared of the ball, and are not fighting for the beautiful shirt and crest they wear.

    The point is that no other manager would do much better with this lot other than someone that can give them a little more spirit and fight (that’s why I would suggest King Kenny if anyone).

    Mr. Hayward (of the Guardian) does a much better job of explaining a similar point of view: http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2010/dec/30/liverpool-roy-hodgson

  27. Malcolm says:

    Gaz Hunt, Hayward is a friend of Hodgson’s so one should
    take what he says with a grain of salt. Hodgson has lots of friends
    in the English media because he is always available to tak with
    them. Hence very little crticism of him. Anyway, here’s a better
    explanation about Hodgson and Liverpool:
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/jen_chang/12/30/hodgson.liverpool/index.html#ixzz19h5lfD00

    • Gaz Hunt says:

      Malcolm and Co.,

      I’m not a friend of Hodgson’s.

      I’ll sum up my rather long post for you: The squad is not playing well enough and one man will not fix that.

      Care to comment on that?

      • Gaz Hunt says:

        Also:

        “Hence very little crticism (sic) of him.”

        Are you kidding me? Every news outlet that covers the Premier League has jumped on this. He has criticism from everyone – even, as you linked, in the United States.

        Give me one story that says Liverpool’s problems are the doing of play ineptitude or bad transfers and I’ll show you ten that claim all can be fixed by replacing one man.

  28. The robins says:

    If you want some one fresh, how about Steve Cotterill at 46, he had European experience with Sligo Rovers. Got Cheltenham promoted 3 times in 5 years and took them to Wembly twice. Got Notts County promoted in his first season
    He’s even taken a broke Portsmouth into the middle of the table in the Champioship

  29. Cricketlover says:

    Merci Malcolm, I’d never heard of Jen Chang and think he’s pretty good. And American too. It’s nice to discover a new writer who covers soccer. I’ll have to keep an eye out for him.

  30. SoccerLimey says:

    As I recall in 2009/10, under Benitez, Liverpool finished in 7th spot in the League, scrambling into the final qualifying spot for the CL. They failed to get out of a less than stellar Group in the same competition amassing 7 points from 6 games.

    They crashed out in the FA Cup 3rd Round to a team from a lower division and were eliminated from the Laegue Cup in the 4th Round. Making the Semi- Final of the Europa Cup, they were unable to overcome Athetico Madrid.

    Now, did anyone really believe that firing Benitez and hiring Hodgson was going to change all that immediately ? If you did, you’re an idiot, because the problem is the SQUAD. You don’t have the quality ANYMORE – LOOK AT THE BENCH – there’s nothing there !!

    Hodgson may have done a crap job – that’s a matter of opinion, but getting rid of him does not solve anything. No-one even has a suitable guaranteed replacement other than names from the past.

    Can anyone spell Newcastle ?

  31. Nick says:

    “Hodgson may have done a crap job – that’s a matter of opinion, but getting rid of him does not solve anything.”

    Excuse me, a matter of opinion? Hodgson has been crap. His record proves that. End of. If you cared to examine his record you would know he wasn’t more than mediocre to begin with. Regardless of how poor the squad maybe, Liverpool should not be three points from relegation. Managers set their teams up to play a certain way and it’s Hodgson’s tactics and formations that are the cause of the team being poor. Yes, the players should take the blame as well but the likes of Torres, Gerard, Johnson, Reina, Kuyt, Maxi, Yovanovich, Agger, the Greek, Skyrtl are all Internationals so if they were that bad why would they be selected for their countries? A better manager would do better than 12th and 3 points from relegation. I’m not arguing that Liverpool should be in the top 4 or even 6 but definitely not 12th.

    Do some research and you’ll find that Hodgson took a Blackburn Rovers club that won the title to last place in 2 years and was fired. He also outspent Ferguson at Man U during that time. You can tell a lot from someone’s past. He’s doing to Liverpool what he did to Blackburn.

    By the way, in all the time Hodgson has managed in the first tier of English football his teams have only won 13 times away from home. Some top manager he must be.

    • Soccerlimey says:

      You can take almost any top manager and look at his past to
      determine that at some time in his career, he was bad and got
      fired. Granted, he had better days than Blackburn, but he took an
      average squad at Fulham, and turned them into a good team. Look at
      how Hughes is struggling now. I’m not trying to defend Hodgson
      because results speak for themselves, but you have to look at the
      whole picture. Most teams have 10-12 internationals in their squad.
      That means nothing and you should know that. It’s quality and
      chemistry that makes a team and Liverpool have neither of that.
      Let’s assume for a moment that Hodgson is fired. Who do you put in
      there ? O’Neill won’t come because of Comolli. Van Gaal won’t leave
      Bayern and Hiddink will be gone in a year and you’ll be back to
      square one. Pellegrini has no track record and look what Klinsmann
      did to Bayern. We’re left with the oldies in Dalglish, Keegan and
      Benitez ?? C’mon, man. I happen to think Hodgson won’t last because
      of his attack on the fans, but to blame him solely for everything
      is nuts. You”ll become the Newcastle of the NorthWest at this rate
      - blame the manager and never fix the real issues. The
      players………………..

  32. Joe J. says:

    Those voting for Martin O’Neill must be Manchester United fans :) .

  33. Malcolm says:

    Gaz Hunt: “I’ll sum up my rather long post for you: The
    squad is not playing well enough and one man will not fix that.
    Care to comment on that?” I agree that the squad is not playing
    well. I disagree that one man cannot fix that. Of course it depends
    on your definition of “fix”. I maintain that a manager with better
    tactics will get this squad higher up the table. I’m not suggesting
    top 4 but definitely top 8 even at this stage. Rafa, who was fired
    for taking this same squad to 7th place, was able to get better
    results than Roy. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want Rafa back. I’m
    merely suggesting that with better management this squad should be
    nowhere near the relegation zone and lose at home to teams fighting
    relegation. The latest news is that NESV has decided to look for
    another manager but will take their time in hiring one. Only Frank
    Rijkaard is on the list of possible targets from the list above,
    the others being Owen Coyle, Didier Deschamps and Villas Boas. Not
    sure how reliable this news is but it is being run on several
    English online papers. Of course now that a new manager is imminent
    Liverpool will put a string of victories together beginning
    tomorrow. Works every time.

    • Soccerlimey says:

      But isn’t top 8 where Hodgson is realistically headed right now. Again, I am no Hodgson defender, and I’m a United fan, but common sense has to prevail here. I want a competitive Liverpool team, because there is no game anywhere in the world, other than in Glasgow, like a United-Liverpool encounter when both teams are on form.

      Do you guys realise how close Fergie was to the chop and how bad that team was before he got that win ? I’m not a Hodgson advocate. I’m saying focus on the REAL issue here and that is the squad.

      • Gaz Hunt says:

        You beat me to it, Soccerlimey. But I’ll reiterate the point.

        If we had won that last game, we would have been in 8th place (with a game in hand, I believe). We’re headed for top 8 with whatever manager we have, mate.

        I too am not a great Hodgson fan these days but anyone with a lick of sense has to realize that one man can’t be responsible for the terrible play on display.

        You talk of another manager bringing in better tactics. Whether it be 4-4-2, zonal marking, 4-3-2-1, team pressing, etcetera it has nothing to do with what is wrong with the team right now. These things matter but have nothing to do with a goalkeeper that boots the ball into the opposing strikers feet, defenders falling over themselves, and a total lack of creativity up front. The players need to step it up here and swapping one man’s 4-4-2 for another man’s 4-3-3 won’t fix that.

        Tactics don’t improve a player or team, they aim to exploit weaknesses in the opposition.

        We need players that are worthy to wear the Liverpool shirt. Either top class players or those willing to fight for the crest. We have a maximum of three or four of those right now. That is the issue not tactics.

  34. Gaz Hunt says:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/dec/31/roy-hodgson-liverpool-woes
    Looks like he’s out. I’ll get behind whoever comes in next but
    still think this is a bad decision. Now we have to pay out his
    contact and bring someone else in to do much of the same with the
    same players.

  35. Nathan says:

    Gaz, word is that Hodgson’s tactics are to boot the ball
    out of defence and Reina has been instructed to do likewise. That’s
    exactly how Fulham played as well. Agger earlier in the season had
    a fallout with Hodgson on this very issue as Agger felt that
    Hodgson didn’t like defenders who carried the ball out from the
    back. Teams practice what their manager wants them to do and then
    play that way on game day. That does not absolve the players from
    their poor performances but it would be wrong to suggest that no
    manager can do better with this squad. Personally, I’m not so
    convinced that Hodgson can get this team to 8th. Why? From his
    past. When he took over at Blackburn after they had won the title
    the year before, he dropped them to 6th in his first year and then
    after complaining that he did not have the right players outspent
    Man U in the summer only to buy dross which ended up getting the
    club to dead last by December and he was fired then. Some may say
    that was a long time ago but you can tell a lot from someone’s
    methods from the past. If there is one thing that is constant in
    Hodgson’s career it is that he does not change his ways regardless
    of how bad things get. The same thing happened at Inter while he
    was in charge there.

    • Gaz Hunt says:

      Liverpool are in 9th with, save Manchester United and Chelsea, at least a game in hand on the teams above them.

      So how is 8th or above out of reach?

      So now that Liverpool beat a very on-form Bolton today, it is due to Hodgson’s tactics? Surely if you are willing to blame bad results on his poor tactics you have to credit good tactics for good results. Didn’t see much long-ball today.

      Do you see how this line of blaming one man can backfire?

  36. Jason K. says:

    The fault lies with both the manager and the players. Hodgson is the wrong man for the job because, tactics aside, he doesn’t know how to deal with his star players. He won’t bench them when they’re not performing. Torres should have been taken off from many a game for his lack of enthusiasm and his poor play. A top class manager, respected by the players, would be able to make these hard choices. It’s instructive to note that while Roy claims that the players are behind him none has actually come out and said so in public. He does not command the respect of his players and that is a bad sign. Outside of Norway he hasn’t won anything and maybe the players aren’t impressed by him.

    As for the players, personally I cannot think of a single one that has played well. This season is gone so why not sell these underperforming players and start anew with a view to the future.

    A new manager and a new group of players for me.

  37. Jose says:

    By Ben Thornley

    OF all the voices who have argued for a change of management at Anfield this season one man has consistently made the most compelling case – Roy Hodgson.
    There has never have been a Liverpool boss as universally disliked by supporters as the Londoner.
    But it’s not just the regressive tactics, awful signings (Christian Poulsen and Paul Konchesky) and pitiful away form (six defeats in nine games with a goal difference of -10) that has turned the Kop against him.
    Liverpool supporters have become accustomed to their managers being equally skilled as orators, a trend begun by the great Bill Shankly. Even the quieter men among the club’s roll call of bosses like Bob Paisley could be relied upon for cutting sound bites.
    Not Hodgson. Barely a press conference goes by without the former UAE coach embarrassing himself and the club, alienating a player or enraging fans.
    Here is a collection of the worst efforts of his first – and hopefully only – six months in charge:

    I preferred to put my weight behind David Ngog and Ryan Babel, who’s never really been given a proper chance at centre-forward at the club. I’m hoping that between now and Christmas we’ll have ample quality to see us through that period.
    On not buying another striker

    A club like Liverpool shouldn’t have to rely on non-specialists like Dirk Kuyt or Ryan Babel ‘doing a job’ up front when they are primarily wide players.
    Hodgson changes his mind a month later.

    They’ll be a formidable challenge – there’s no question about that.
    On Carling Cup opponents, struggling League Two side Northampton

    I thought we did quite well when (Northampton) they took the lead in the extra time and we threw caution to the wind it gave us the equaliser.
    Hodgson uses the words ‘threw caution to the wind’ about playing a League Two side. At Anfield.

    That was as good as we have played all season….. To get a result here – against Everton – would have been Utopia.
    After the wretched loss to Everton

    I know Sir Alex (Ferguson) is not really a Liverpool man so I’m a bit concerned about my excellent relationship with him.
    I sincerely hope he forgives me for moving north and hopefully we can have a glass of wine together, maybe in secret.
    Hodgson endears himself to Liverpool fans everywhere

    I prefer to talk about the game and talk about issues that interest me. Mr Ferguson is entitled to any opinion he wants to have but I’m not going to come here and say I agree or disagree.
    Hodgson refuses to defend Fernando Torres against accusations of cheating

    I understand (Frank) Rijkaard has just been sacked from Galatasaray – he must be a great manager to have been sacked by Galatasaray.
    ‘Nice guy’ Roy on the Champions League and La Liga winning manager

    You would have to ask (Glen Johnson) ‘do you think you’re playing at top form and are you playing like the best right-back in the country for your club?’ If he says yes, obviously we will have to agree to differ and if he says no, then you’d have to ask the question ‘why not?
    Showing his man-management skills

    The protest does not help but it is something I have had to live with since I came to the club.
    Criticising the fans’ protest against the club’s former owners

    I was disappointed – and I’ve told him this – that he – Dalglish – applied for the job in the summer because I don’t think that was ever really going to happen for him.
    Putting Liverpool legend Dalglish in his place, a man who has won more trophies than Hodgson has Premier League away games in his entire time in England

    I’ve been involved in some big derbies in my career and you know how much they mean to the fans…. I didn’t like losing in those games, which I did quite often. I did poorly so it would be nice to change that.
    Hodgson shows he’s the man for the big occasion before losing 3-2 to Manchester United.

    He’s a quality player and we will be working hard on our tactics to make sure he doesn’t dominate the game.
    No, not Lionel Messi, rather Fulham’s Danny Murphy, who was sent packing by Liverpool six years ago.

    I think it would be a sad day for football and for Liverpool if someone who had been brought in with the pomp and circumstance, and the money it took them to release me from my previous contract, and being feted as one of England’s best managers – if after eight games people are deciding this guy has got to go
    Showing his modest side.

    Are you from Denmark? (No, Norway replied the journalist) Ah, two countries I never want to work in again.
    Insulting a Norweigian journalist and a large part of Liverpool’s fan base.

    We have got a lot more expensive failures on our list than good players that we have brought in for next to nothing.
    Having a dig at Champions League winning former Reds boss Rafa Benitez and his transfer record

    What do you mean do my methods translate? They have translated from Halmstad to Malmo to Orebo to Neuchatel Xamax to the Swiss national team. So I find the question insulting. To suggest that, because I have moved from one club to another, that the methods which have stood me in good stead for 35 years and made me one of the most respected coaches in Europe don’t suddenly work, is very hard to believe.
    Reeling off some of the massive clubs he’s managed. Not so much a who’s who of European football as a who are they?

    Today was a famous victory
    No, not Liverpool’s win in Istanbul but a 1-0 triumph over Bolton at the Reebok.

    There aren’t many quality left-backs around in the world, never mind in England – so to find an English one ( Paul Konchesky) who can go straight into the team without any adjustment problems is a big advantage.
    Hodgson, who sold Roberto Carlos to Real Madrid while manager of Inter Milan, knows a good left back when he sees one.

    Christian (Poulsen) is an all-round player. He is capable of scoring goals, a good passer of the ball and a good defender.
    After paying £4.5m on the 30-year-old plodder.

    He’s not that bad on the ball.
    After seeing him play.

    It is very early for me to make very strong judgements about where his best position is.
    Hodgson shows the depth of his research on £11.5m signing Raul Meireles, who has played his entire career in central midfield. Until he came to Anfield.

    I don’t understand questions about Liverpool and Fulham players being different types
    Who said Hodgson doesn’t grasp how big a club Liverpool is?

    I’ve had several bad experiences. Even at Halmstad in the 70s, in the year we won our second championship, it took until the second half of the season to win our first game away and that broke a record going back two seasons. We went over two seasons without winning an away game.
    On his wretched away form throughout his career.

    Fans make their frustrations felt every time we lose, but unfortunately they may have to do that a few more times, because I can’t see us going through a season winning every game.
    Roy promises the good times are going to roll again after the 2-0 defeat to Stoke

    I don’t know where the stories came from that Gerrard would be fit for Newcastle.
    From your Head of Sports Medicine Dr Peter Brukner, Roy.

    It’s not as if he’ll be playing with a bunch of also-rans. I’m not asking him to play in the reserves.
    Asking Torres to play against Utrecht while also motivating his reserves

    I thought it would be a nice game for him (Torres) and a chance for him to get his confidence back. But I also had a talk to our fitness people and they made me see sense that it wasn’t the wisest thing to do.
    Revealing who picks the team.

    I think we will cross that bridge when we come to it… I am not naive to believe there won’t be any danger and we will never lose a player like Torres, I understand these things can happen
    Issuing a stern hands-off Torres warning to pal Ferguson. Well, kind of.

    When it was mooted the club wanted me for the job I made it clear to Kenny I wanted him on board and it wouldn’t be like it was with Benitez where he’d be here in name only. It wouldn’t be the case that Kenny would be never be allowed to step foot into Melwood.
    Having another dig at the Spaniard, a claim which was exposed as a lie by the Champions League winning manager

    He’s not so much a player I can really take responsibility for. I’d have to share the responsibility for Joe, less so than for people like [Christian] Poulsen, [Raul] Meireles and [Paul] Konchesky, who are players I was quite happy to bring to the club.
    Washing his hands of Joe Cole a week before the former Chelsea midfielder earns Liverpool a 2-1 victory over Bolton

    Ever since I came here, the famous Anfield support hasn’t really been there.There was the problem with the owners and Kenny being so popular and the job going to me, so I have had to live with that. I have to hope the fans will become supporters because we need support. We are not deliberately losing games.
    Roy puts the final nail in his coffin

    • Gaz Hunt says:

      This article is a complete waste of time (not to mention the poor grammar).

      It contains many factual errors and the author states his opinions to be read as fact.

      It’s too long to criticize it sentences by sentence but I’ll list a few as examples:

      “A club like Liverpool shouldn’t have to rely on non-specialists like Dirk Kuyt or Ryan Babel ‘doing a job’ up front when they are primarily wide players.”

      Kuyt and Babel have always been strikers. They play as strikers for Holland. It was Benitez that started playing them “out of position” in the wide spots (not that there’s anything wrong with that anyway).

      “You would have to ask (Glen Johnson) ‘do you think you’re playing at top form and are you playing like the best right-back in the country for your club?’ If he says yes, obviously we will have to agree to differ and if he says no, then you’d have to ask the question ‘why not? Showing his man-management skills.”

      That is man management skills. A kick-up-the-arse is sometimes needed to players not performing well enough. The proverbial hand around the shoulder isn’t the only way to get a player motivated. The point is that he’s done alright this season but not England international, 16 million alright.

      “We have got a lot more expensive failures on our list than good players that we have brought in for next to nothing. Having a dig at Champions League winning former Reds boss Rafa Benitez and his transfer record.”

      A dig indeed. It’s one that many of us fans agree with, mind you. One of the highest wage bills and what to show for it?

      “It is very early for me to make very strong judgements (sic) about where his best position is. Hodgson shows the depth of his research on £11.5m signing Raul Meireles, who has played his entire career in central midfield. Until he came to Anfield.”

      His best position in this squad is up to debate when you have Gerrard and Lucas (probably our most consistent performing player) already in the center (who actually has played in the center more than outside this season anyway).

      “Ever since I came here, the famous Anfield support hasn’t really been there.There was the problem with the owners and Kenny being so popular and the job going to me, so I have had to live with that. I have to hope the fans will become supporters because we need support. We are not deliberately losing games. Roy puts the final nail in his coffin.”

      The team needs support and they are not trying to lose the games. He wants the fans to back him but he has to live with it if they don’t. Not sure what’s so wrong with all that.

      Hodgson isn’t my favorite right now either but it’s childish to use him as a scapegoat for team performances that aren’t up to par.

      I have to admit that I’d love him, however, to start turning the results around and get some backing in the transfer market. It’d be lovely see some of you fumbling over a way to jump back on the bandwagon.

  38. Dan says:

    RALF RAGNICK

  39. SoccerLimey says:

    The entrance of Ralf Radnick (who?) into the “Replace Roy Race” serves to indicate how clueless the media is in reviewing potential candidates. Here’s a guy who has spent most of his career at smaller, out of the way European clubs without a tremendous amount of success. Took some bigger clubs on and had the same result, but finally finding a smaller club and built a relatively successful side.

    Does that CV sound familiar to anyone ?

    ….and Frank Rijkaard ???

  40. SoccerLimey says:

    Another interesting note here which I think is crucial, is the hierarchy that the new owners are setting up to run their football operations. The Glazer family at Old Trafford left the status quo in place when they took over, but Damian Comolli will be a stumbling block to any top manager who is offered the Anfield job.

    No manager worth his salt will come in knowing he possibly has no role in who plays on his squad. In the US, the general manager on most sports franchises determines the playing staff, and many of the iconic coaches, insist on total control.

    Should be interesting..

  41. D-Dog says:

    Why not Sam Allardyce (I don’t know the spelling) the guy who used to work at Balckburn or the recently fired Newcastle manager?

  42. Manny says:

    D-Dog, if Sam Allardyce were to get the job there would be riots in Liverpool (the red half). That’s how much he is hated there. Now maybe if the Liverpool fans were told they could get fat Sam as manager they might just support Roy after all.

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