Will Roy Hodgson Be Out of His Depth As Liverpool Manager?

Michael HeaverContributor IJune 29, 2010

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 23:  Football manager Roy Hodgson attends the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group C match between Slovenia and England at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on June 23, 2010 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Roy Hodgson has certainly been impressive as Fulham manager, but Liverpool are a big step up. He will be taking over from a manager popular with scouse fans in Rafael Benitez and unlike for Fulham, Hodgson won't draw plaudits simply for development. He will be expected to challenge for major competitions and to win trophies.

Hodgson does have a pedigree, managing Inter Milan in the 1990's. Yet before Fulham he was in the relative obscurity of managing the Swiss national team along with club teams in countries like Finland and Denmark. 

Now all of a sudden after a solid run with Fulham in the Europa League and Premiership he finds himself on the cusp of taking over at a club desperate to recover to past glory, with a very average squad and board room in turmoil. Hodgson's task at Liverpool will be easy.

Also counting against Hodgson is his past form with aspiring Premiership teams. His run with an under performing Blackburn Rovers team saw him being shown the door after taking Rovers to the bottom of the league.

I am somewhat of an admirer of Roy Hodgson just as I am of Harry Redknapp, as a manager who can clearly get the best out of teams with limited finances and dare I say it, talent. His work at Fulham has been sterling. But is this a man who can bring silverware to an Anfield side that is a shadow of its former self? I wouldn't count against it - but it is far from certain.