Anfield manager living on borrowed time?
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Roy Hodgson faces an uncertain future at Liverpool after chairman Martin Broughton’s confirmation that clauses exist in the manager’s contract to cater for a change in club ownership.
The Anfield boss’ position has been questioned only three months after he arrived from Fulham and some members of The Kop want to see Reds legend Kenny Dalglish take charge.
Despite previous reassurances from Broughton, Hodgson’s future has come under increased scrutiny amid the Liverpool takeover saga of New England Sports Venture (NESV), who are fronted by Boston Red Sox owner John W Henry.
It has been rumoured that, if their takeover goes ahead after a High Court battle and doubts about the possibility of administration, NESV will want to bring in their own manager and exercise a reported £3million get-out clause in Hodgson’s contract.
And Broughton has verified that there is a possibility of a change of boss, saying in the Daily Mail: “Roy knew when he signed from Fulham that we were in the process of finding new owners.
“He was fully reconciled with the possibility there would be an ownership change and the risk involved with that.
“With that in mind, provisions were made in Roy’s contract to relate specifically to any change in ownership.” (Sky Sports)
Clearly any clause in his contract would relate to the likely possibility that new investors would want to appoint their own boss so as to confirm any change in the club overall. Given the poor start Roy Hodgson has had as Anfield manager such a move seems even more likely.
It is interesting that Martin Broughton has decided to reveal this clause to the papers as clearly the were so onus on his to do so and surely in making such statements would only serve to further weaken Hodgson’s grip at the helm of Liverpool Football Club.
What do Anfield supporters think? Does it seem likely that if/when New England Sporting Ventures fully complete the takeover process that they would then initiate such clauses as soon as they get into power? Or are they more likely to wait before making any dramatic changes in management?