Anfield boss has faith in his own ability to turn things around, but do you?
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Roy Hodgson does not believe any other manager could get more out of the Liverpool team given current resources.
Liverpool’s manager, who had “great confidence” in his ability, said “Whoever takes my place will be in a similar job with similar players.”
That would remain so “unless there is a major inflow of cash into the club and the team is going to be changed from one moment to the next”.
The Reds lie ninth in the Premier League nine points off a top-four spot.
Since Hodgson took over at Anfield on 1 July, following Rafael Benitez’s departure in June, Liverpool have had a change of ownership with New England Sports Ventures [NESV] taking over from Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
NESV’s John W Henry, speaking during a phone-in on the club’s in-house television channel on Monday, said the team’s form towards the end of last season and so far this campaign has been “unacceptable”, although Hodgson says he has the support of the club’s hierarchy.
“The owners have made it perfectly clear they are in it for the long term and they are going to be patient,” said the 63-year-old Hodgson. “They realise it is going to take time.
“They realise we can’t turn things around overnight and they also realise that the team I am working with is not the team I put together.
“You don’t turn things around overnight and they are aware of the magnitude of the task but they are very focused on what needs to be done and I am convinced they will help me get it done.” (BBC Sport)
Of course it is all well and good that Roy Hodgson has faith in himself to succeed at Anfield and that he believes it is still very much early days in his Liverpool reign, but what do you, the supporters, feel? The former Fulham boss has looked increasingly animated on the sidelines as his Merseyside outfit fail to put a consistent run of performances together.
Currently in ninth spot Liverpool are now nine points from the coveted Champions League spot and some way beyond what the fans who wanted to see the back of Rafa Benitez would have hoped. Clearly with January on the horizon talk turns to the arrival of new faces that may or may not help strengthen a very average squad but is Hodgson the man that new owners NESV should be entrusting funds too?
Some would argue that four months into the new season is far too little to time to judge and that even though things have started badly for the Croydon born boss, he should be given more scope to see where he can take the club. Others would argue that Hodgson was never the right man for the job and that to continue with the 63 year old at the helm would simply compound that original error.
Where do you stand on this debate?
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