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Roy Hodgson's Change Of Heart Leads to Imminent Signing of Paul Konchesky

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This summer I have followed Roy Hodgson’s journey to Liverpool. Hodgson’s move to Anfield has taught me some valuable lessons. First, every individual should do what is best for themselves and what is in their heart. Second, a manager has the right to change his mind. Roy Hodgson introduced me to the reality of being a manager in the Premier league.

Shortly after Fulham lost in the Final of the Europa League, the talk began regarding Hodgson possibly leaving Fulham for Liverpool. Hodgson took Fulham from the brink of relegation just a few years ago to the Final of the Europa League. When Liverpool came knocking on his door he had a decision to make. Should he stay at Fulham or go to Liverpool?

Fulham would be a comfortable situation for Hodgson if he stayed. He had a team that was pretty much the same club that went to Europe last season. If he went to Liverpool, it would be a new challenge, and a chance to rebuild a giant club in football.

In the end his move to Liverpool was the right decision for himself. Fulham fans can be disappointed, but would you want someone as your manager who wants to be someplace else? Hodgson followed his heart to Anfield. He wanted to be the manager of Liverpool.

Hodgson also taught me the lesson that a manager has a right to change his mind. At Hodgson’s press conference in being introduced as Liverpool manager, he was asked if he would be pursuing Fulham players to bring to Anfield. Hodgson stated he would not raid his former club. Hodgson was sincere and I bought this statement.

The harsh reality of football is that a manager has to do what is best for his club. Liverpool are in the process of signing Fulham left back Paul Konchesky who is reportedly at Anfield for a medical. If Konchesky does become a Liverpool player than Hodgson would have taken away a player from his former club. He would be raiding Fulham.

What I have learned is that a person has the right to change his mind. Hodgson is doing what he thinks is best for his club. It is up to Fulham to either reject the advances, or get the best deal for Konchesky. If a deal is made, and it is fair then both clubs can benefit.

Roy Hodgson has taught me some valuable lessons this summer. I think Hodgson made the right decision for himself in leaving Fulham. I also learned that a manager has the right to change their mind when they are trying to better their club. As a Fulham fan it is tough to deal with, but it is the reality of the football world we live in.

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  1. Melissa

    September 1, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Full disclosure: I’m a Liverpool Supporter.

    I wouldn’t exactly call sending 2 promising prospects and some cash for Konchesky “raiding” Fulham. This seems to be some bitter fans upset that their manager decided to leave. If we had signed Paul, and also signed Zamora AND Dempsey, both of whom we were linked to this window, that I would consider a “raiding.” Also, if Fulham sold Konchesky to Liverpool, despite having a Gentlemen’s Agreement between Hodgson and Fulham not to lure players away, then my guess is they had some reason to willingly sell him without any fuss. Hodgson also was fulfilling a requirement needed and went after a player he thought acceptable. He wasn’t exactly snatching up Fulham players as a huge F YOU to FFC.

    In response to the Masch stuff- apparently Benitez said last year that he could leave this season and Masch wanted to make good on the promise. I thought Masch handled the situation very unprofessionally if he did indeed go on strike, however, that hasn’t exactly been confirmed. But I DO respect that Hodgson held out to get a “good” deal for him and wasnt willing to sell him for piddlesticks. But basically, if Masch didn’t want to be at Liverpool, I didn’t want him at Liverpool. And I couldn’t give 2 flying f*cks over Inter’s “interest” in Kuyt, because Kuyt had stated several times that he wanted to stay at Liverpool. He was never gonna leave because he didn’t want to go AND Liverpool didn’t want to sell him.

  2. Scouse lad

    August 30, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Well done Russ. Really well balanced opinion.

    Hodgson seems a pretty honest person, but just like us all, he has a change of mind at times and acts upon it. That is fair enough.

    Good luck to Fulham this year and well done for drawing with the mancs.

  3. brn442

    August 29, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Interesting style of writing, please tell me that either 1: English is not your first language or 2: You’re under 18, if not – god help us all.

  4. Andy O'Connor

    August 29, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    A very good post – Konchesky is over valued if it is true we got £4m for him. He is a good average player of 29 years of age and that represents a good deal for us, especially as we have already signed a replacement. Roy did a brilliant job for us and I am sure he will do the same for Liverpool. I understand that we are likely to get two promising youngsters from Liverpool, so evryone seems happy.

  5. Henry Bradstow

    August 29, 2010 at 11:28 am

    The moral of the whole story is: Never trust anyone called Hodgson

    • Ramos Santos

      August 29, 2010 at 3:33 pm

      @ Henry Bradstow

      Hahaha Well Said!!

  6. Paul

    August 29, 2010 at 10:09 am

    A lot of the Liverpool message boards are very hypocritical on this. Mascherano wanted out for the past year and yet it was not alright to pool fans for him to holdout to leave. And they didn’t think it was alright when they heard rumors that Lucas and Kuyt may want away (the Kuyt to Inter rumor specifically). Yet when Hodgson can raid his old club it is perfectly acceptable because business is business. I agree with Matt above that this is ‘what comes around goes around’ and they can’t complain about other clubs using their status to poach player because they do this to. On a side note, the Meireles transfer was actually very well conducted.

  7. hamid

    August 29, 2010 at 10:07 am

    pepe reina

    glen johnson jamie caragher martin skrtel paul konchesky

    Cristian Poulsen Raul Meiralles
    Dirk Kuyt joe Cole
    Steven Gerrard
    EL NINO!

    bench: Brad jones, milan jovanovic, Maxi Rodriguez, Daniel Agger, Lucas, Fabio Aurelio, backupstriker for torres maybe carlton cole.
    then we are ready to challange for top 4 than next year having new owners we can invest in real top quality 2 to 3 players to improve the squad furthur and go on to win the premier league title.

  8. King Kong

    August 29, 2010 at 10:03 am

    I don’t think Fulham did complain much Konchesky leaving. The new boss obviously didn’t fancy him or perhaps offered him to Liverpool we don’t know. What Barca did was to unsettle the player until he goes on strike. Then we have Inter always saying the bid something but ridiculed the value of the player. It’s not about changing minds or keeping words – it has always been a willing buyer and a willing seller. So what is the problem with you?

  9. Lyle

    August 29, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Bah… he shouldn’t have publicly said it. Right thing to say at the time though.

    Konchesky, just like Schwarzer, of course is interested in stepping up to one of the “Big Four” clubs… even if Liverpool have been relegated out of that group for the time being.

  10. sam the man

    August 29, 2010 at 9:43 am

    great post, well done by the way fulham for taking 2 point from old drunk fergie ,,, well done fulham, shame you coulbt beat utd but thought under huges you will have a good season, like us at lfc we hope we keep all our players and i hope that your club keeps the better players like duff, gera, murphy, zamora, davies etc, you have a good team there.

    lastly, Roy is a good man, i think he is one of the better men in the world of a money mad industry, but sorry to pinch your ex manager but i think you will do more then fine.

    god luck for the seaon, all our best a Liverpool supporter of 30 years, season ticket holder anfiedl rd. xx

  11. MattWittbrodt

    August 29, 2010 at 9:40 am

    I agree. I always take the stance that you have to do whats best for you, because you know your employer won’t. However, I have an issue with his whinging about Barca and Inter, then doing the same thing to Fulham.

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