Vacant Anfield post set to be filled.
Liverpool set to announce Roy Hodgson as manager
Liverpool are confident of bringing Roy Hodgson to Liverpool. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian
Liverpool expect to finalise the appointment of Roy Hodgson as the club’s new manager following his return from South Africa today. The Fulham manager, who has been commenting at the World Cup for the BBC, has been the frontrunner for the Liverpool job since Rafael Benítez left Anfield this month and could be confirmed as the Spaniard’s successor within days.
Liverpool have considered several candidates for the position, including the former Real Madrid and Villarreal coach Manuel Pellegrini, but Kenny Dalglish, the club legend asked to conduct the managerial search alongside the managing director, Christian Purslow, is not in the running.
Anfield officials are confident of securing a deal with Hodgson now that he has returned from South Africa and with his prospects of being offered the chance to succeed Fabio Capello as England manager diminished by the national team’s World Cup victory over Slovenia.
It is understood the make-up of Hodgson’s backroom staff is one of the issues to be resolved prior to his appointment, with the 62-year-old keen to bring the Fulham assistant manager, Mike Kelly, with him to Merseyside. (Guardian)
Well this is a respectable source and the news is interesting. Is this a good choice? I think so. Clearly there are a wealth of other continental names we were linked with who may have been more attractive appointments but maybe at this stage in the history of Liverpool Football Club this is the right man for the job.
He has a proven track record from all over Europe and has been there and done it. We are in a period of transition and under the current administration things are looking pretty dire. Hodgson has done wonderfully well at Fulham and despite the club being bankrolled by Mohamed Al Fayed the Croydon born boss didn’t have that much to spend and he may well have little to play with at Anfield.
If he does come expect us to be linked with the top talent at the west London club and one can only hope that Bobby Zamora doesn’t follow him!
How do my fellow Liverpool fans feel about this imminent appointment?