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Is Hodgson on the way out?
Posted Dec 31, 2010 by Shaun Edwards
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Roy Hodgson is funny character. Likeable, experienced and knowledgeable, he seems to lapse massively between different appointments, reaching either superb highs or extreme underperformance. Unlike fairly consistent performers such as Sam Allardyce who achieve stable results wherever they end up, appointing Hodgson has become a lottery.
It would be harsh to assume that Liverpool’s four below par performance this term has come down to Hodgson’s decisions exclusively: it is a fact that the side he inherited from Rafa Benitez was a long way away from one that was capable of reaching the fan’s expectations of a Champion’s league position.
The lack of a reserve striker behind Fernando Torres was one of the most bemusing decisions that Hodgson’s predecessor made, and there was little that the former Fulham boss could do about it before the transfer window shut. What was also bizarre was the news that Liverpool’s new owners would not be funding any money for a new side at all in January, despite the fact that the current team is simply just not that high in standard. Liverpool need a new striker if they’re to get goals, and not allowing them to purchase one seems a bit of a silly decision. They don’t have to splash out 40 million on Tevez, but the purchase of Rafael Van Der Vaart for 8 million shows what can be done when you’re clever.
There are elements of Liverpool’s position that can be put down to Hodgson. Paul Konchesky’s purchase was a risk that hasn’t paid off, and he hasn’t always succeeded in motivating a side that seem remarkably low on morale. However, you get the sense that if he is removed by the end of the year, it will seem a tad unfair to a man who wasn’t given a lot to work with to begin with.