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Pressure Mounts On Hodgson


Make no mistake about it; it’s been nothing short of a disastrous week for Liverpool. It started with a defeat at arch rivals Manchester United and ended with a disappointing home draw with Sunderland. Sandwiched in between the two Premier League games was a shock Carling Cup defeat at the hands of League Two side Northampton Town.

It was never going to be easy for Hodgson, but I think in the last week he may have discovered just how big of a task he has set himself.

Hodgson took over Liverpool at a recent low. Rafa Benitez’s failure to bring Champions League football had created a gloomy club for Hodgson when he arrived. But nevertheless Liverpool fans would have still thought that a new manager would bring a change in fortunes.

But this was never going to happen quickly. Personally I think Hodgson and the Anfield hierarchy need to wipe this season off because hopes of success are to be honest are highly ambitious, bordering on unrealistic.

Hodgson needs time to kick-start Liverpool. If you look at his time at Fulham, his success was achieved gradually there, and you feel that he will need similar time to achieve any success on Merseyside.

The man himself admits that his side isn’t up to standard yet: “I don’t think we’re playing like a team from fourth or fifth place at the moment. One of the things that is lacking is we need to play and work much more together. We’ve got a lot of new players coming into the team and we haven’t had that much time.

“The more we work and the more the team plays together the better you will see them become. Rome wasn’t built in a day and we’ve got to keep working at it. Certainly I’ve got a group of players here who will work and try to get better and give their all.”

Hodgson seems to me as if he plans to stay in it for the long haul, the only remaining question is will the Liverpool board give him the chance to build something?

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  1. Harry

    September 26, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I agree with Andrew that English managers are usually given the benefit of the doubt while foreign managers are not. As soon as a team with a foreign manager starts to stumble the knives are out for his removal. The same is true for English players vs foreign players. Torres has been criticized heavily for not playing well recently but the same level of criticism is not forthcoming when it comes to English players who are struggling. Gerrard has had stretches when he has played poorly but he is not as criticized as Torres. If you pay attention to these things you’ll realize that it’s true. The Guardian had a piece on this double standard issue about a year or two ago. This is nothing new but has been going on for a long time.

  2. Andrew

    September 26, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Sorry gaffer but I do think there is a double standard when it comes to crticism of managers in the EPL. For one, Hodgson is not new to the EPL. Second, Liverpool have shown absolutely no improvement under Hodgson. You should give a manager time if you see the team improving game by game. None is on evidence. When Juande Ramos was manager of Spurs he was given very little time to implement his tactics in a new league for him. When Mark Hughes was not getting the results at City at the beginning of last season and just before he was replaced by Mancini there was very little criticism of him but rather the press thought he should be given more time despite him being there the season before. So I don’t buy the no double standard argument. Does it happen in most European leagues. Yes. But it exists and we should not be disingenuous to think it doesn’t exist.

    • The Gaffer

      September 26, 2010 at 1:02 pm

      Andrew, I disagree. Juande Ramos had twelve months in charge of Tottenham. Hodgson has only been in charge of Liverpool since July 1. In Hodgson’s first six league games in charge of Liverpool during this season, the Reds have six points after 1 win and 3 draws. In the first six games of the 2008-09 season under Ramos, Spurs had two draws and no wins equaling two points.

      There was plenty of criticism of Hughes during his time at City including on this blog.

      The Gaffer

  3. Harry

    September 26, 2010 at 8:00 am

    “What public pronouncements has he made that you disagreed with?”
    His anaylysis of both the Manchester United and Sunderland games were outright embarrasing. With the exception of about 15 minutes when they scored their two goals during the Man U game Liverpool were second best and looked like a mid-table team. Yet Hodgson said he thought they were unlucky to lose and deserved something from the game. Yesterday he thought Liverpool played well and should have won it except that they didn’t take thier chances. Not sure what game he was watching but Liverpool for long spells looked like the away team (even the commentators on said so). They only played with urgency during the last 10 minutes. He has said that the team’s performances are improving. Now that’s just ridiculous.

    When Rafa said similar things he was slated in the press. Somehow Hodgson gets a free pass in the English media. Double standard if you ask me.

    • The Gaffer

      September 26, 2010 at 8:11 am

      No double standards. I think it’s simply a matter of giving Hodgson the benefit of the doubt. He’s only been in the job a short amount of time versus Benitez. Liverpool could have won the match against Sunderland if Agger had scored from the header late on. And Liverpool, despite being completely outplayed against Manchester United, could have won or drawn the game if Meireles’s diving header had gone in at Old Trafford. That was unlucky.

      The Gaffer

      • Hicks hater

        September 26, 2010 at 10:36 am

        They might have done better had Torres not been assigned to man-mark Berbatov on the corner!

      • Hicks hater

        September 26, 2010 at 10:37 am

        They might have done better had Torres not been assigned to man-mark Berbatov on corners!

  4. Hicks hater

    September 26, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Hodgson was appointed by a boardroom which in Rafa’s words know nothing about football. He has always seemed like a mid-table manager and is clearly out of his depth. People say ‘give the man time’ but listen to his public pronouncements and you can’t but draw the conclusion that this is not the right man for the job, however long he stays. In any event, at 63, he was always brought in as a stop gap. Both parties should recognise it hasn’t worked and give the job to Kenny, who is after all one of the most successful managers in the club’s history, and knows the club inside out. Paul Merson wrote recently that ‘Hodgson is the right man to lead Fulham but not the right man to lead Liverpool’. How right he is. Roy must go.

    • The Gaffer

      September 26, 2010 at 7:22 am

      What public pronouncements has he made that you disagreed with?

      The Gaffer

      • Hicks hater

        September 26, 2010 at 10:33 am

        Saying after the Birmingham game that he hadn’t expected to win that match for a start- only a midtable manager would ever say that.

        Then joking before the Manure game that he usually lost the important games when he was at Inter. Not the best way to inspire confidence.

        Stating that he was still unsure how to play Raul Mereiles- he bought the player he must have some idea of his attributes.

        His failure to defend Torres against Ferguson and then his belated decision to do so.

        His persistent pleas for patience and pointing to how other team’s (eg Arsenal-West Brom) results are bizarre in the Premiership as if that offers some scientific reason why his own team is performing badly.

  5. Bishopville Red

    September 26, 2010 at 1:16 am

    Roy inherited chicken sh*t and was told to turn it into chicken salad. Impossible job in the short term. Go ahead and fire him – it just adds to the length of time before stability and success can take root.

  6. Lyle

    September 25, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Pressure isn’t mounting for Hodgson. Liverpool fans are just immature, child like people.

  7. KopForever

    September 25, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    When Roy is appointted, i already knew that he is not good enough for Liverpool. This is because Roy’s play is defensive, and did not emphasize on attacking and technical abilities.

    From the way, he use 4-5-1 and Poulsen in every match. He has the intentions of drawing every match, like Birmingham, Man utd, Sunderland. His tactics is woeful, he use Meireles upfront of the field instead of as defensive midfielder. If Meireles is use as DM, then we don’t need Poulsen or Lucas anymore, and free up another place for a attacking player like Pacheco, Babel, Jova, Kuyt upfront partnering Torres. But please no Ngog, he just a waste of place like Poulsen, Lucas, Konschensky.

    • Lyle

      September 26, 2010 at 12:00 am

      Roy Hodgson is the best thing that has happened for Liverpool in years. Y’all are just sore, impatient losers.

  8. bill

    September 25, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    We all knew Woy wasnt the right man,so why did he get the job???
    He is there as a scapegoat for when the yanks sell Torres and the rest of the squad who are worth anything,to finance their debt.
    When we get new owners he will go,i just cant understand why we didnt go for Kenny,he would have cost us nothing in fees and he does have the neccessary experience.We have a very long season ahead of us,while Fulham can revel in getting Laval and money for an average Joe(Konchesky),oh sorry hes Woys man in the dressing room.Get out Yanks and Broughton,blue nose.

  9. KopThisMate

    September 25, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Enough is enough. We have given Roy a chance, and after six games in th PL its time for him to leave. 15 on the table, with three teams havibg the possibilty of overtaking us today to make us possibl 18 th on the table, im sorry but 6 weeks or 6 months Roy is not going to make this team any better. He tactical play is woeful, his man to man marking is clearly not working, and poor Torres is looking more despondant by the day. He barely gets to see the ball, and any striker, let alone one of Torres’ calibre would be having second thoughts. Roy, if you are listening, you seem like a gentleman, so do the honoray thing and resign. You simply do not have what it takes to get Liverpool back on track. Hand over the reigns to Kenny, or someone who has the knowledge to get us back on track, cuz it certainly isnt you. For the love of the greatest club in the world, you really need to leave.

  10. Stephen J.

    September 25, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I haven’t noticed any improvement in the team since Hodgson took over. Liverpool has been unimpressive from the first game under Roy to more of the same today. I think this ship is sinking fast. The worst of times for Liverpool with both onfield and off-field problems. I think Manchester City will replace Liverpool as a big four team. Only a radical change in ownership and a change in coach will give Liverpool a fighting chance to retain its big four status. Terrible times ahead for Liverpool supporters. The future looks bleak.

  11. Jesse K.

    September 25, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    This is Liverpool’s worse start in 56 years. Says it all. Roy doesn’t have what it takes to manage a top club. I fear that one of the most successful clubs in the world is heading for mediocrity fast. It doesn’t look like Roy has it in him to motivate or guide Liverpool to success. Success in the short term is getting a Champions League spot. Sad times ahead for the Reds.

  12. SantaClaus

    September 25, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    I don’t think Hodgson has done anything to improve Liverpool’s play at all. They are worse off defensively, are scoring fewer goals, playing without purpose, to name a few. During his time at Fulham they only won 5 away games. He brings a mid-table mentality to Liverpool. He seems like a nice man but I believe he is out of his depth managing Liverpool.

  13. a.finnigan

    September 25, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    axe him and get kenny in 3 months wasted on turkey neck and 2m plus his pension why wait till a epic against blackpool and derby despair i hope he lose’s every game never wanted him give me hope in my heart give me kenny he will turn the good ship lfc back to top 4

  14. joe king

    September 25, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    “Hodgson needs time to kick-start Liverpool. If you look at his time at Fulham, his success was achieved gradually there”

    What success?

    • The Gaffer

      September 25, 2010 at 8:16 pm

      Fulham reached the final of the Europa League which is more than Liverpool has done recently.

      The Gaffer

      • Hicks hater

        September 26, 2010 at 1:56 am

        If the plan was to use Hodgson to build a successful team in the long run why appoint him at the age of 63. He was always appointed as a stop gap. Because he’s basically a nice guy who doesn’t rock the boat too much the owners clearly thought that this would be a nice change after Rafa’s constant washing the dirty laundry in public. The ‘give him time’ crowd forget that that was never what was in the mind of those who recruited him. He was appointed to ‘steady the ship’. He hasn’t done so. Why wait? Kenny Dalglish needs to be called on- NOW.

        • The Gaffer

          September 26, 2010 at 7:21 am

          Kenny, no matter how much of a Liverpool legend he is, wouldn’t have able to do any better than Hodgson. The problem is not the manager. It’s the team.

          The Gaffer

          • Hicks Hater

            September 26, 2010 at 11:08 am

            Pretty much the same team finished 2nd in the league 18 months ago so don’t give us that nonsense about the players.

      • joe king

        September 26, 2010 at 9:45 am

        Losing finalists and a 13th placed finish might be perceived as successful at a team of Fulham’s standing (no dis-respect intended) but it certainly doesn’t qualify him to take the helm at a club like Liverpool.
        He’s a mid-table yes man with a mid-table mentality and is so far out of his depth it’s painful watching him drown.

        • The Gaffer

          September 26, 2010 at 10:01 am

          You’ve got to be kidding me. Hodgson has managed Inter Milan, Switzerland, Finland and several other teams in Europe. Plus he’s won four different titles in Sweden, was named manager of the year last season, as well as several other trophies for the clubs he’s managed. What did you expect him to do at Fulham? Win the league? Give me a break. Managers do the best with what they have. Fulham punched above their weight thanks to him. He’s trying to do the same at Liverpool with a squad that is simply not good enough.

          The Gaffer

          • Hicks Hater

            September 26, 2010 at 11:06 am

            The Gaffer, out of interest what did he win when he was with Inter, the only big team he has ever been asked to manage before Liverpool?

        • joe king

          September 26, 2010 at 10:42 am

          Get a grip, He’s won nothing with any team of any standing.

          I don’t expect him to win the league with Fulham but I do expect him to be managing teams of Fulham’s ilk and not Liverpool’s.

          The squad he has inherited is riddled with internationals (Torres, Kuyt, Cole, Meireles, Gerrard, Skrtel, Maxi, Reina etc) and should not be languishing near the bottom of the league.

          He’s bought Raul Meireles, a proven central midfield player, openly stated he doesn’t know where to play him, and then played him on the right or as a support to Torres. He re-signed the previously released Aurelio after stating he liked the player and hasn’t played him yet, even playing a centre half at left back ahead of him.

          He signed Poulsen who looks like a less mobile Lucas and failed to sign a back-up striker when that was priority and the striker he did target (Carlton Cole) couldn’t hit a barn door from a yard.

          He played 4-4-2 away against M.City. After 10 minutes it was clear to everyone that we were being overrun in midfield by City, who play 5 in midfield, and failed to change anything.

          Name me the trophies he has won.

          • Tom Hingley

            September 26, 2010 at 11:17 am

            You clearly don’t know the circumstances in which he was at Inter do you?

            I suggest you look them up before you suggest he did a bad job.

          • joe king

            September 26, 2010 at 1:28 pm

            I know the circumstances and also know he won nothing there. I also know that, and as mentioned before, he has not won anything of note anywhere.

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