I don’t know about you but I’ve never really cared too much about England. They’re constant under-achievers, have been poorly managed for decades due to the FA’s low-risk manager selection processand are supported mainly by Londoners who only know one dreadful song. Like most Liverpool supporters when asked if they would prefer England to win the World Cup or Liverpool to win the Premiership you don’t need an extensive opinion-poll to know what the vast majority would answer.
Posts Tagged ‘Roy Hodgson’
Tags: Andy Carroll, Brendan Rogers, England, Euros, Glen Johnson, Jordan Henderson, Liverpool FC, Martin Kelly, Rio Ferdinand, Roy Hodgson, Steven Gerrard, Stuart Downing
Tags: Brian Reade, John Henry, Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool FC, Rafa Benitez, Roy Hodgson, Tom Werner
I’m torn, I mean seriously torn, about whether Kenny should be given the opportunity to stay for another year to show exactly what he can or cannot do at Anfield. I just don’t want to have to suffer another season of frustration and disappointment like the one we just had to endure, especially in the league, and be no better off 12-months from now and fall even further behind the likes of Man City and Man United. (more…)
Tags: Liverpool FC, Roy Hodgson
I had a tip-off from sources close to the club that a decision about Roy Hodgson will be made later today.
Tags: Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool FC, NESV, Roy Hodgson
It looks certain that after Wednesday’s awful performance and loss Roy Hodgson will no longer be the Liverpool manager come Thursday morning. The rumour mill is rife with “confirmations” that the Liverpool board have made the decision to replace Hodgson, but with who is anyones guess.
Will NESV opt for a caretaker manager while they look for a long-term replacement and, if so, does that open the door for Kenny Dalglish (my choice) or will they opt to find a permanent manager immediately? The bottom-line is nobody knows but apparently NESV tend to look for younger managers who can bring a vision and fresh dynamic to their sport teams and stay for the long-term.
I’m sure within the next 24 hours the picture will become a lot clearer but the bottom line is Liverpool will better off without Hodgson at the helm.
Tags: Fernando Torres, Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool FC, Roy Hodgson, Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard capped an excellent display against Bolton on Saturday with a sublime lofted pass into the box for Torres to finish superbly in front of the Kop and a pin-point cross to the far post which resulted in Joe Cole’s tap-in winner. Gerrard was the difference between winning and loosing against resilient opposition.
Once again, after the first half it didn’t look good as Liverpool trailed 1-0 to a Kevin Davies header from a cross that should never have been allowed to reach him. The lack in confidence in the team was highlighted by probably the miss of the season when Lucas had a tap in opportunity from literally a few feet to make it 1-1 but somehow he managed to scuff his shot wide. But a more cohesive, more aggressive, Liverpool appeared from the tunnel for the second half and in the end they totally deserved the win which came in the 92nd minute. A much-needed 3 points and a much-needed boost to the confidence of Fernando Torres who looked a different player after he had scored.
No one can be more relieved with the result than Roy Hodgson, although he knows more than anyone this doesn’t change the fact that his tenure as Liverpool manager hangs on a knife-edge. A bad result on Wednesday at Blackburn would surely be the end even though players like Joe Cole, in an after-match interview, says the team are fully behind him. However, if you believe a report in The Telegraph today, Hodgson’s end is immanent and that Kenny Dalglish will likely become the caretaker manager until the summer while NESV search for a long-term replacement. We shall see.
One very troubling statistic from Saturday’s game was the attendance of only 34,500, the lowest in a Premier league game since 2004. That’s almost 11,000 empty seats which is another illustration of how Liverpool’s poor form is translating into lower revenue’s, something I’m sure the new owners will be taking extremely seriously.
Let’s just hope the positives from this game translate into a positive, 3 point result, on Wednesday.
Tags: John Henry, Liverpool FC, NESV, Roy Hodgson, Tom Werner
Like the majority of Liverpool supporters I was delighted when NESV purchased the club. Finally, intelligent, savvy business people who knew how to create a winning sports team. Within hours of taking ownership John Henry’s mantra was he and his team were going to listen to Liverpool supporters and learn.
My question is: “Are you listening now Mr. Henry?”
Roy Hodgson’s appointment as manager was surprising to say the least. Many felt he was likely a stop-gap while the ownership situation was sorted out as no manager of any pedigree would accept the job without knowing the future of the club. However, I for one was willing to give him a chance to prove what he was capable of. That was the right & fair thing to do. But now we have the proof and it’s not good, in fact it’s disastrous and so John Henry and Tom Werner et al need to show they are listening to the collective voice of the Liverpool supporters and act quickly.
Roy Hodgson isn’t the right manager to take Liverpool forward. Instead of blaming the greatest supporters of any sports team in the world, never mind Liverpool, Hodgson needs to take responsibility for the current situation and move on but most importantly NESV need to show us they are the real deal and do what’s best for Liverpool FC and act now.
Tags: David NGog, Dirk Kuyt, Liverpool FC, Roy Hodgson
A frustrating loss. Liverpool should have been 2 or 3-0 up but poor finishing and hesitation cost us dearly as Spurs scored the winner in extra time. Sickening.
Ngog continues to look out of his depth up front (it was a penalty al la Fabregas) which once more highlights the fact Liverpool have only one experienced striker in the squad, not that that’s news to anyone. Let’s hope Damien Comolli is trying to sort this one out.
I feel for Roy on this defeat, I don’t think he can be blamed. The consolation is Liverpool looked controlled and impressive at times, which makes this loss even harder to take. We played well, especially in the first half, and created those wasted scoring opportunities. At 1-1 I still felt we had a chance to grab the winner. And once again Carragher showed what a class player he is and Kuyt showed what a frustrating player he can be.
Let’s hope Liverpool can take the positives from this defeat and put in a winning display against Aston Villa on December 6th when we welcome Gerard Houllier back to Anfield.
Tags: David NGog, English Premier League, Europa League, Liverpool FC, Roy Hodgson
After three Europa League games and the Premiership season-opener things are looking pretty good for the start of Roy Hodgson’s reign as Liverpool manager. Who’d have thought optimism would be so high just a few months ago?
Liverpool showed a really positive approach against Arsenal last Sunday and they were incredibly unlucky to have Joe Cole sent off. It was tragic really. Even so, if had not been for an unfortunate mental blip by Reina, and that’s all it was as he had moments earlier made a fantastic save to keep it 1-0, Liverpool would have got off to the perfect start. Hats off to Mascherano as well who, even though he wants to leave the club, put in a terrific performance. Hodgson seems to feel he can retain Mascha for the next two seasons and let him go on a free if Inter don’t meet the minimum £25m asking price. Having him stay would be a real boost. (more…)
Tags: Aurelio, Fabio Aurelio, Liverpool FC, Roy Hodgson
Rafa Benitez’s decision last May to let Fábio Aurélio leave Liverpool was both confounding and disappointing. Aurélio had been one of the teams class players but had been hampered last season through injury as a result of tearing his adductors muscle. He ended up only playing 21 games all year.
It was Hodgson’s managerial savvy that promoted the return of Aurélio to Anfield. ”I asked the club to find out whether Fábio had found a new club,” Hodgson told the http://www.liverpoolfc.tv. “When we ascertained that he hadn’t, we invited him back to Melwood so myself and my staff and the medical team could properly assess the player. We were very impressed and I am delighted we were able to re-sign Fábio.”
Hodgson continues to impress with his insight on what is required to strengthen and improve Liverpool’s squad having already signed Joe Cole and Danny Wilson with the Jovanovic deal having been arranged before Hodgson’s arrival.
Under Hodgson stewardship things continue to look better and better at Liverpool. He’s managed to attract, retain and now regain players that would not have been possible under Benitez.
Keep it up Roy!
Tags: Europa League, FK Rabotnicki, Liverpool FC, Ngog, Roy Hodgson
Roy Hodgson’s career as Liverpool manager got off to the perfect start Thursday night with a comfortable 2-0 win over FK Rabotnicki of Skopje, Macedonia, in the 3rd round qualifier of the Europa League.
In front of a vocal 20,000 crowd Hodgson fielded a predominately inexperienced Liverpool team but they went about their task in a well-organized, professional, manner which resulted in two well taken goals by David Ngog either side of half-time. The second goal in particular was an excellent, clinical, finish from a perfect Kelly cross after he had broken down the right-wing. The result ensures Liverpool take a healthy away goals lead back to Anfield for the return leg on August 5th.
The win also confirmed Roy Hodgson’s decision to rest the majority of the first team squad who had just returned from World Cup duty, some have still yet to return, from this potentially tricky tie. “I’m just delighted so many players who were under pressure coming into the game can go back to Liverpool tomorrow feeling good about themselves. I’m very satisfied as it could have been very difficult for us in front of a big crowd who really supported their team.”
It’s great to see Roy and Liverpool season get off to such an emphatic start.