Liverpool Name Roy Hodgson as New Manager: Anfield Appointment Officially Announced

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Roy Hodgson (Fulham Manager) 15.08.09 Portsmouth/Fulham Barclays Premier League Fratton Park Photo Rob Munro Fotosports International

Roy Hodgson has been named Liverpool’s new manager after signing a three-year contract with the Anfield club.
The 62-year-old will oversee Liverpool’s first day of pre-season training on Thursday before being unveiled to the media.
He joins the club from Fulham, where he had been in charge since December 2007.
Hodgson succeeds Rafael Benitez, who left Liverpool by mutual consent at the start of June and is now manager of European champions Inter Milan.
Hodgson’s exploits with Fulham last season, which included wins over Juventus and Wolfsburg en route to the Europa League final, earned him the League Managers Association manager of the year award in May.
In his first full season he took Fulham to seventh in the Premier League, their highest finish and a place in the Europa League.
Liverpool moved quickly after Hodgson was linked to the England managerial job after the team’s World Cup failure.
Hodgson has extensive domestic and international managerial experience across Europe, including spells in charge of Blackburn Rovers and Switzerland, who he guided to the last 16 of the 1994 World Cup.
Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill, former Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini, ex-Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink, Croatia coach Slaven Bilic and former Manchester City manager Mark Hughes had all been linked with the Liverpool post.
But it is thought that Hodgson was always the club’s preferred candidate. (BBC Sport)

Some will feel that the decision to bring in the vastly experienced Croydon born boss will help stabilise things at Anfield after an atrocious season and others believe that the appointment lacks ambition. Where do you stand on the matter?

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