Saturday, 8 January 2011

Roy Hodgson leaves Liverpool FC

Roy Hodgson has now left Liverpool FC, which was expected after some poor performances by the Merseyside club.  Football journalists had been predicting his imminent departure. The writing was on the wall (literally at the training ground where "HODGSON OUT" had been daubed by a disgruntled fan).  LFC was in decline well before Roy came on the scene. They won nothing last season and did not qualify for the Champions League.  He inherited a rather mediocre squad that needs strengthening and the players he brought in did not produce the required quality after 20 Premier League games. Liverpool players must take a lot of the blame for the nine defeats, with only seven wins and four draws out of the twenty matches under Roy Hodgson's management.  Mark Lawrenson said today that Roy was not a popular choice among the supporters, so he was the wrong man who came to Anfield at the wrong time. Gareth Southgate made similar comments. Roy went from manager of the year at Fulham, taking them to the final of the Europa Cup, to scapegoat at LFC. From hero to zero.

Many fans, it seems, have been granted their wish to see Kenny Dalglish return as manager. He will take over for the rest of the season, but it is unlikely he will see much improvement with the current squad.  They really miss quality players like Alonso and Mascherano, and there are obvious defensive frailties so now they are not good enough to break into the top four in the Premiership or to win any of the main trophies.

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