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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Roy Hodgson - Liverpool Football Club manager?!! Resign in the morning!!

Goodness gracious me. Liverpool Football Club have never played in the last 10 seasons as woefully as they did tonight. We were facing a team fighting for points, fighting off relegation, we are in negative goals difference (when was the last time that happened?!!), we needed the points tonight and this night was the night we were suppose to show a determination for turning the corner and grinding out results in our favour. We were at Anfield tonight, against Wolves, and we should have finished the game the winners.

Instead we have players playing out of position, we have a lethargic response, and we conceded just the one goal and left it at that. Tonight was the disgrace of Liverpool Football Club, and that was down mainly to Roy Hodgson. His words afterwards just have not inspired me he has heart and soul behind the role as manager, and it was no different after tonight's abysmal showing of a supposedly thought-out Liverpool XI:

"It was a performance way below what we are capable of and what we wanted to give. I'd like to give Wolves credit, but I think we were a bit unlucky to lose the game, probably 0-0 would have been a fair result. But it was nowhere near our expectations or hopes.

"It was a bad day at the office, there was plenty of effort but no end product and the players are very disappointed in there. The fans have left angry and that's understandable. However, it would be dangerous to clear a lot of players out on the basis of one game. We wanted our renaissance to start today, but it hasn't happened. Panic would be the wrong thing to do but I'm not the sole arbiter of that."

What?!?! 'Arbiter'??! Roy Hodgson is the "sole" person behind choosing who plays, who starts, and who doesn't. The team has cracked under pressure and have only managed to hold tight in the home games mostly. We have lost to Wolves to add to the lost to Blackpool at home, for the first time for both defeats in so many years. We've travelled to Man City, Newcastle, Everton & Spurs to walk away licking huge wounds, and lousy Hodgson providing the limpest, lamest of post-match interviews with hardly any backbone but several snaps at the media instead.

We knew it would be a hard job to take on with poor owners, limited funds and a squad despondent from finishing out of the top four, in 7th place, relinquishing our Champions League voyage and looking likely to have relinquished it for another season to take up the Europa League which, with no disrespect to the competition, we should not be in. Having finished with 18 games two seasons back and being top with 38pts, we're 12 with 18 games gone and 22pts. Twenty six points from top, even seven places and 11 pts from 5th.

Oh yes, it can still change, with a miracle. Man City and Spurs have rocked the top four places, Chelsea have just about edged a 1-0 win at home against Bolton tonight, Arsenal were held after their stewing of Chelsea at the weekend, with Liverpool looking ever more unlikely to have any influence in going up and up the table. Players are lethargic, unresponsive, not producing the quality of football we need at the club, and there's a manager who probably comes off as if he has little to no clue in what he is doing. There's no belief coming from him and it's rubbing onto the players.

We have one of the best midfielders and strikers in Europe amongst a few others decent enough to take the club forward, left with the bare bones of the reminder of the squad who are not up to standard. Hodgson has brought in Meireles, Poulson and Konchesky and only Meireles seems something of a decent signing. Joe Cole cannot get into his groove as yet and there's no sign he ever will. If things do not pick up sharply soon, we will lose the few good players we have. We have gone from bad to worse, and the only answer is for John Henry to call an emergency meeting, telling Hodgson to leave NOW and replacing him with someone who will get the team moving and playing. We cannot afford to continue like this, at all, this is shambolic.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said we need a new manager asap or we will end up mid table.Which would be a disgrace.

12/29/2010 11:51 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its a disgrace, roy is completely out of his dept he's playin players out of position and using old fulham tactics...forget top 4 if we hav any hope of playin in europe next season then a change has to be made right now, what players will we attract now? The top players want champions league football so we hav to make a serious decision now. Roy out nd king kenny in untill the end of the season.

12/29/2010 11:59 pm

Blogger T said...

Redsman, I've known you for a long time and I have never heard you so frustrated with your club.

I watched the match and there was a definite flatness about Liverpool's play which was disappointing to see.

Roy Hodgson was magnificent at Fulham. He is not a bad manager by any means. However, I think he has inherited a squad which is stuck in the Benitez method of football and Hodgson is struggling to get these players to take on his ideas.

Either Hodgson has to go or there needs to be a clear out at Liverpool so that he has players that will respond to him.

12/30/2010 12:01 am

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know what - it's about pass and move not hang back and get stuffed - Hodgson is NOT a Liverpool manager - disgraceful performance, disgraceful attitude, unbelievably poor committment from the overpaid playboy millionaires who are so called playing for the red shirt - no one including Hodgson is fighting or leading - this is a 12th place team managed by a 12th place manager

12/30/2010 12:19 am

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wanted to support the guy but enough is a enough. Watching Liverpool is like watching a great old washed up boxer like Ali getting beat up by strong streetwise Larry Holmes but nobody wants to throw in the towel because that is not the Ali thing to do. This is turning in to a comedy of errors now. Did anyone bear to see the highlights on Sky sports ? It lasted 3 mins every time the editor showed Hodgson he was touching his mouth there was even one moment where they put in a clip where they half caught a gimps of his now infamous face rub. I mention this because Hodgson is now being viewed as comic figure. Match by match all that good work that he achieved with Fulham in going down the pan. I really like the guy and I know it would be heart wrenching for him to leave the post but I think he knows that in his hearts of hearts he can not take this club forward to be a top 4 club and maybe not a top 7 too. Fair play to him taking the job at the time that he did but now is the time for the king to come back and finish of the job that he started 25 years ago.

12/30/2010 1:52 am

Anonymous HinduRed said...

Bring RAFA back and evethough some claim he is the one responsible for our current situation, he was with biggest off field problems and no transfer money. But we able to finish 7th and we never had negative goal differences.

He established youth set-up which producing the results and it will for future too, he appointed or wanted our new Medical Dr, introduced zonal marking which serve fabulous compared to our current man marking, Henry, pls bring back RAFA for Rafalution v.2.

If he stayed last time, we might be at top of the table as what Sir Alex did at MU at his 7th year....

12/30/2010 2:54 am

Blogger RedsMan said...

When you look at the type of clubs above us - Blackburn, Blackpool, Sunderland, Stoke, even Everton - it is farcical. Is there no walls to pin up the current league table to remind these players of the situation we are in? Do they need reminding? If so, isnt RH doing that?

They dont like his style, they are not responding to him and we are suffering. What is the problem? I say it's Hodgson, to bring in the likes of Konchesky of all left-backs, and Poulsen who seems a well deflated CM, even Joe Cole was a steal and yet we can't get him to function.

We need more quality signings to make the team gel and he hasnt dont that. Meireles has been decent but the likes of Maxi and Babel havent shone yet, and the Liverpool of old would have at least bombarded Wolves for a goal, whether we were down or not.


12/30/2010 3:46 am

Blogger Skipper said...

I have supported Liverpool for 20 years. Never in my time as a fan have I heard so many Liverpool fans turn on a manager so early on.

I think the Media have been too kind to Roy. They wanted an English manager to manage a big club so they have ignored Roy’s tactical ineptness.

Too much has been made of the squad that Roy inherited from Rafa. I think Rafa left a stronger squad than the one that Roy has made.

Roy plays playesr out of postions and sets us up not to lose. His tactic of playing 3 central midfielders yesterday when he had 3 wingers on the bench was a disgrace. He persists with Koncheskey when Fabio is fit.

New signings - Raul Meireles apart - have been failures, while Hodgson's reign now carries all the hallmarks of one that will limp to a conclusion at some point between now and the season's end.

Your time is up Roy.

12/30/2010 6:52 pm

Blogger RedsMan said...

His time is INDEED up. I know SAF had time and was close to the chop before it turned around, that moment marked the start of a legendary stay and beginning of a superb duration of trophies and making future players play in a way that formed as a unit.

RH has not begun anywhere near that, and he will not reach that either.

As Skipper said, Meireles apart, Joe Cole has yet to produce 20% of the talent he showed with Chelsea. Why? Christian Poulsen is nowhere near the decent interesting CM he was. Why? Paul Con-chesky, was always a left-back for Charlton, West Ham and Fulham, not even asking 'why' on that one. Would have preferred Insua had remained instead of PK.

The likes of Maxi, Babel and Cole should be specifically focused on as they provide, or can provide, so much off the wings. They are sprightly characters, like to take on players, just what we need out there. He could have then changed Kuyt's position and focus to remain behind Torres, one hot-shot striker with another who has a superb work-rate, an eye for the pass, for the goal, and can assist ten-fold.

Carragher aside, the focus with Kyrgi and Skrtel is speed. They are two powerful defenders and their pace and thinking should be highlighted and worked on. Aurelio and Agger are our left footers, Agger comes into the CD category along with Kyrgi and Skrtel but he can also drop in as cover on the left. Aurelio has a decent left foot on him, and should be encouraged to attack more often.

Meireles is fine for CM, have him with Gerrard and he could be our placement for the Mascherano duties, breaking up attacks and setting off our own. Reina with Brad Jones and Cavalieri as cover is fine, Jones is another decent keeper we should work on as well.

All this and I don't even cover Melwood training days. The potential is so overwhelming, just needs someone with a heart for the challenge and guts for the journey. that in itself would inspire our players to play and perform, much less words of wisdom and encouragement. That would then add the respect from the players.

That's why your time is up, Hodgson, because you don't have any of those required qualities at LFC.


12/30/2010 7:35 pm

Blogger SKG said...

we need someone to really lift us. there's only one man who can do it - his name is kenny dalgish

1/01/2011 9:45 am


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