Transfer budget unaffected at Anfield.
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Liverpool have dismissed suggestions the compensation due to former manager Roy Hodgson in the wake of his sacking could impact upon the club’s transfer budget.
The former Fulham manager’s departure was confirmed on Saturday morning after just six months of the three-year deal that he signed last summer.
Reports have implied Hodgson, who has been succeeded by Kenny Dalglish until the end of the season, will be due a year’s salary as a lucrative pay-off.
That would also follow the rumoured £4million paid to Rafa Benitez last June, but Liverpool commercial director Ian Ayre insists that the club will not be hit in the pocket.
“We reached an agreement with Roy and certainly that type of payment does not come into the same area of business as our transfer budget,” he said. (Press Association)
This news will come as significant relief to Liverpool fans, for it is clear that the squad needs strengthening in a number of areas.
The club’s Director Of Football Strategy Damien Comolli has been busy recently, watching the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Romelu Lukaku, and because clubs will have to pay large fees for such players’ undoubted potential, the fact that the club’s budget is unaffected is newsworthy.
It allows Liverpool to press on with moves such as these, leading to hopes the glory days will return to Anfield.
As a sidenote, Liverpool will have to get their next manager right. Chelsea have paid £35.6m in compensation to managers in the last four years, according to the Guardian, and while Roy Hodgson’s salary does not affect the club’s budget, should more coaches get the sack, Liverpool’s transfer dealings would undoubtedly be affected.
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