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Hodgson: Out of touch, out of depth, out of here

With some of the most loyal fans in the country, in deep turmoil and desperation for a new manager, you’d think that those associated with Liverpool FC would be more hospitable than ever. Despite this, on 1.7.2010 Hodgson arrived to a feeling of apprehension and doubt about his appointment. At the time, although feeling apprehensive myself, I couldn’t find any clear reasons why. Some suggested that the turmoil that had ensued was the cause. But I disagreed.

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Now, less than a week after marking his 5 month tenure, the apprehension has turned to almost despair. After some encouraging summer signings (Joe Cole et al) and an encouraging start, Liverpool seemed to be moving up a gear. But then a few lacklustre performances in the Europa League brought back a certain anxiety. Forgiving, as ever, were the Liverpool fans that refused to blame Hodgson and instead blame the financial wranglings in the club.

But after No significant improvement, and a lack of consistency, coupled with new positive owners, It should be time for Hodgson to step down. Even looking at the unlucky 2-1 defeat by spurs should be met with disapproval. For Paul Konchesky- signed by Hodgson who had placed much confidence in him, looked out of sorts dealing the with a Liverpool style away performance, I.e. being able to mix defence efficiently with attack. And it was Konchesky who was left flat footed, when he should have been prepared, by a crouch flick on to predatorial Aaron Lennon.

It is clear now that the apprehension was about the stature of the club he was taking over, something which he had limited experience. And with the turmoil at the club, Hodgson doesn’t appear strong enough to dominate in his role. With the new owners looking to change dysfunctional foundations of the club, Hodgson could be next on the axe-list.

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