John W Henry set to wield axe at Anfield.
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Liverpool’s American owners are running out of patience with Roy Hodgson amid fears that the manager’s relationship with the club’s supporters has broken down irretrievably.
‘Despite the fact that in one poll 95% of Liverpool fans wanted Hodgson to be sacked immediately after last night’s 1-0 home defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers, there appears to be no great appetite for regime change. John W Henry and Tom Werner of New England Sports Ventures are prepared to give Hodgson more time after six torturous months.
‘Henry and Werner, who run the Fenway Sports Group, through which NESV controls Liverpool, are understood to be concerned by the breakdown in relations between fans and the manager.
Fenway has no desire to install an interim manager and if Dalglish were unable to pull Liverpool out of their tailspin it would tarnish his glittering reputation and that of the board. If Dalglish were a qualified success, he may block Fenway’s plans to bring in a young, long-term manager.
‘The former Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard is the favourite, although Hodgson has pointed out that the Dutchman’s last job at Galatasaray ended in failure. (The Guardian)
This isn’t the only report of Roy Hodgson’s impending doom in today’s papers.
In fact, there are separate stories in the Daily Telegraph, the Times, the Independent, the Daily Mirror, the Daily Mail, and the Sun.
Okay, forget the Sun.
It is rare that the media is so united though, and Roy Hodgson’s time is surely up.
When Liverpool were owned by Tom Hicks and George Gillett, Roy Hodgson sold himself as the ideal choice – the man who could steady the ship, get the best out of the players at Anfield and work on a tight budget as he did at Fulham.
That was exactly what Liverpool needed then.
However, things didn’t go to plan.
Instead of the ship steadying, it began to rock. In a storm. And the boat got a hole in it. Then the rudder fell off.
Liverpool’s results were not good at first, and the club found themselves in the relegation zone early on. They improved of course, but a midtable finish would no longer be considered respectable.
The club were taken over in October, and FSG clearly have bigger ambitions than just patching holes.
They want to return the club to greatness, and perhaps even knock that team down the M62 off its f***ing perch.
It looks like John W Henry and Tom Werner have realised that perhaps Roy Hodgson isn’t the man for that job.
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