Roy Hodgson: Are Liverpool FC Making a Big Mistake With Their New Manager?

Nabeel KhokharCorrespondent IJune 30, 2010

HAMBURG, GERMANY - MAY 11:  Head coach Roy Hodgson issues instructions during the Fulham training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League final match against Atletico Madrid at HSH Nordbank Arena on May 11, 2010 in Hamburg, Germany.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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It appears that the writing is on the wall and Liverpool Football Club will open a new chapter in its illustrious history with the appointment of Roy Hodgson as their new manager, following the departure of Rafa Benitez.

The actual reasons for Benitez and Liverpool parting company may never be known, but the club let go one of English and European football's premier coaches.

A simple look at where Benitez went, and how long it took for his new employers to secure his services, goes a long way in illustrating the calibre of the man.

Inter Milan, the reigning Italian and European champions, wasted little time in snapping up Benitez once it became known that he was surplus at Anfield.

The Spaniard has such a reputation that Inter feel he is the best coach to lead them to further success in their domestic league and in defense of their Champions League crown.

Inter Milan's gain is very much Liverpool's loss.

But what of Liverpool FC? 

Well, the powers that be in the corridors of Anfield have plodded and laboured, and they seem to have finally settled on the man that appeared most likely to be appointed.

In Roy Hodgson they have appointed a manager that many fans do not see as the right man to lead Liverpool out of their current woes.

In a recent poll conducted, 200 Liverpool fans were asked whether they thought Hodgson was the right manager for Liverpool FC. A staggering 68 percent believed his was NOT the right man, with 15 percent not sure, and only a miserly 17 percent happy to see him appointed as the new manager.

It appears from these results that fans are not happy with the club's appointment.

Last year, Hodgson was awarded the League Managers Association's Manager of the Year.

This was primarily for Fulham's exploits in the Europa League, wherein they were the losing finalists in Hamburg.

As far as Premier League achievements go, Hodgson's 2009-10 campaign could hardly have been called successful. In fact anyone would be hard pressed to call it even mediocre to average.

Last season Hodgson lead Fulham to a 12th place finish with 46 points. Liverpool finished with 63 points.

It may be argued by some that it is not fair to compare what Hodgson achieved with Fulham, as this was done with far less resources than Benitez had at Liverpool. But teams with similar, if not less resources available to their managers, finished higher than Fulham. Teams such as Stoke City, Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City, and Everton all did just that.

If Fulham's manager is good enough for the Liverpool board to consider, then surely Tony Pulis, Sam Allardyce, Alex McLeish, and David Moyes should also be top ranking candidates for Liverpool. After all, these coaches guided their respective teams to higher league places than Hodgson did his Fulham.

Liverpool made a grave misjudgement in dispensing with the services of Benitez, he is a top quality coach. 

With all respect to those coaches mentioned above, if they were to become available, I doubt that the clubs of Inter Milan's stature would come knocking on their doors.

Liverpool Football club are now compounding the error of having released a coach of genuine pedigree and quality by replacing him with someone who has a far worse record and a lesser reputation.

All Reds' fans who share the view that Hodgson is not the manager that Liverpool need, will be more than happy to all be proved wrong.

For if correct, Liverpool Football Club will be diving out of the frying pan, only to find themselves jumping into the fire.