Liverpool Board Procrastinate over Hodgson's Future as Dalglish Waits in Wings
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So after six games at the helm of Britain's most successful football club, manager Roy Hodgson has steered his talented squad of top class players to six points and a place third from bottom of the league.
It is inconceivable that Liverpool Football Club find themselves in the relegation zone when starting and ending their home match against newly promoted Blackpool with 11 full internationals on the pitch.
Finally, inept manager Hodgson has accepted that the start to the season for this illustrious club is not acceptable and he is to blame.
From the moment of his appointment, so many signs were there that Christian Purslow and the board of the club were making a monumental mistake.
Here was a manager that had managed a whole host of clubs in Europe and England and never really been all that successful at any of them. If the truth be told, he was no more than average at them all.
It may be inappropriate to compare, but when looking to fill a position in any other profession, alarm bells go off when a candidate comes along with a CV containing a long list of previous employers. Not in all cases, but in most.
A journeyman such as Hodgson is not what a club in Liverpoo's position needs. A manager with a winning mentality and a history of titles and cups is what they really require.
Far too much was, and has been, made at what a phenomenal job Hodgson did at his last club, Fulham. And even more was made of it by the managers of Liverpool's traditional opponents and rivals—as they know this not to be at all correct.
There is not a chance that English Premier League managers would utter the name Roy Hodgson, following his "so-called" amazing job at Fulham, in the same breath as Sir Alex Ferguson, Carlo Ancelotti, or Arsene Wenger.
The current Liverpool manager did not, and does not, have the experience of managing a top-flight club containing world class players full stop, let alone to anything that can be classified as success. It was again such a surprise that the board would fail to see this glaring weakness in Hodgson's CV.
All the failings and inadequacies of Roy Hodgson's management, tactics, and strategies have come to roost in a very short space of time, resulting in what many fans fear the most.
Far too much has been made by Roy Hodgson of the huge rebuilding task to be carried out at the club following the departure of Rafa Benitez. But the squad that he inherited and the players he has at his disposal, if managed correctly, should be in the top half of the league, not in the relegation zone.
The players do not seem to be responding to Hodgson's Hodgson's management. When asked about this in a prematch press conference, his response was rather defensive. He responded that he had more than 35 years in football management and his techniques had not been questioned before. A rather poor response by all accounts.
It was his predecessor that was constantly looking to improve and was never satisfied with himself; surely, it is this quality that Hodgson requires—to improve and not rely on what past so-called successes and techniques he considers himself to possess.
The Englishman has far more quality at his disposal than many other Premier League managers and he needs to begin to use these players in formations that will bring out the best in them.
Too many obvious questions are being asked by fans:
- Why is a stringent 4-4-2 formation being played when it is clear with the players in the squad a more fluid one would be more appropriate?
- Why is Joe Cole being isolated on the flanks when all he does is simply drift infield anyway? Besides, when he does, he is far more creative.
- Why is Raul Meireles being employed as a wide player when he is at his most potent as a central midfielder and far more effective than the awful Christian Poulsen?
- When is Ryan Babel going to be given his long-promised chance?
- Why is there so much emphasis on the opposition when it comes to postmatch analysis by Hodgson? Players and fans would rather hear that he intends to make improvements, not how well our opponents have performed—they have their own manager for that?
The Liverpool board must start to take action before the situation becomes irretrievable and Liverpool lose touch with the upper half of the table.
Before the match against Blackpool, there was an organised demonstration from supporters against the owners but after the final match there was, by all accounts, an impromptu display of dissatisfaction for Hodgson from the Kop.
The Kop could audibly be heard chanting the name of Liverpool idol Kenny Dalglish, who many would love to see replace Hodgson.
Going into the international break, Hodgson has far more to contemplate than at any other time in his football management career.
If he does not come up with answers—and quickly—the board may not procrastinate much longer and Dalglish may be doing a lot more than waiting in the wings.
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