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It’s Not All Hodgson’s Fault

Roy Hodgson Liverpool Manager Roy Hodgson looks dejected during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on December 29, 2010 in Liverpool, England.WARNING: The below article will be deeply unpopular with the majority of Liverpool fans’ current views. Read at your own risk.

The latest Liverpool defeat has only magnified Liverpool fans anger with the manager Roy Hodgson. If ever there was an example of a football manager under pressure, it is Hodgson at this very moment. Nothing he does pleases Liverpool fans. Nothing that he says Liverpool fans like. No decision that he makes is agreed with. Not because they are all wrong actions, wrong things to say and wrong decisions, but simply because the majority of Liverpool fans have made up their minds about him. They don’t like him.

I have massive sympathy in this respect for Hodgson. The blame seems to be solely heaped onto him, with even players performances blamed on his tactics. In my opinion, the players should be taking far more of the stick that Liverpool fans are dishing out. They are simply not playing well enough. That is a fact. They have the ability, but are not showing it, and because of this, results are very poor, leading the fans to look for someone to blame. They can blame the players, but that would achieve nothing. Blaming the manager could get him sacked, and a far easier option for everyone. Solution? Blame the manager. For everything. Get him sacked. Get a new manager. Liverpool will be great again.

It doesn’t work like that. But at the moment, that’s all I see happening. He needs a chance to be given money, bring in some players, and stamp his authority on the team. Liverpool were hardly the best team at the end of Bentiez’s reign, and turning around a club in the situation that Liverpool were in was never going to happen over the course of a couple of months. Anyone who thought that were deluding themselves.

In relation to the Wolves loss; Wolves were bottom of the league. Man for man, Liverpool are a better side. Liverpool had Gerrard and Torres – world class players. On paper they were the better side. Unless Hodgson’s tactics involved “lose the game” or something to that effect, the players should have done a whole lot better and won the game. There was a lack of togetherness, and very few players showed any sign of leading the team – standing up and being counted but we all know that the players are capable.
Hodgson said after the game:

“We are not deliberately losing matches. You know what these players are capable of. All I can say is that it is time for people to help us along. We lacked quality and confidence.”

In my opinion, there are a few things that the Liverpool team need. Firstly, they need the support and backing from the Liverpool fans. Abusing the manager isn’t going to make his job any easier, and having him sacked will not only cost the club money. The team needs some new faces of quality. For that to happen, the board need to give the manager money to spend and prove that he has their support.

The players must come together, as a team, and fight for their club, for their fans, and for their manager. They must show their quality, and they must prove that they are worthy to wear the red of Liverpool and play at their famous ground in front of thousands of expecting fans.

Finally, the manager. Although he has had  rough start, it is up to him to turn it around. He knows that his reign so far has been disappointment, and he would have hoped that it would have gone better, but he is a very good manager. He knows his football, and he is certainly good enough to manage Liverpool.

The only way Liverpool get out of the mess they are in is if they pull together and start to play as well as we all know they can. Lest Liverpool fans forget the famous song that they sing; it seems to me as if Liverpool fans are letting Hodgson walk through the storm by himself.

Tell me what you think!

Submitted by DBS Football



  1. Savvas

    December 31, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Bugger off mate. He cannot motivate, he spouts rubbish and has zero tactical awareness. Anyone who sets up his team as he did against Wolves deserves to go just for that. And please stop comparing him to Rafa who had one of the highest win-ratios compared to other LFC managers. And who took us back to the top of European football.
    Hogdson is not fit to lace Rafa’s boots.

  2. LFC Fan

    December 31, 2010 at 10:26 am

    “The blame seems to be solely heaped onto him, with even players performances blamed on his tactics.” With Rafa, the media were more than happy to blame losses on his tactics. When Roy makes even more absurd decisions (meireles on the right of midfield and kuyt on the left???), which result in a complete lack of width and entirely disjointed play, it’s the players fault.

    • RoyK

      December 31, 2010 at 11:23 am

      Was gonna write in my comments… till I read urs(LFC Fan’s)…cudn’t hav put it better….
      Having said tht, I really hope King Kenny or Rafa aren’t brought back. They have had their time.. let’s thank them for that and look at other alternatives, may be even appoint Sammy Lee as the interim manager!!!!

      • own

        December 31, 2010 at 12:01 pm

        i agree with royK. We need to sack hodgson. he lacks consistency in his words and tactics. players being played out of position etc. I don’t agree that rafa will be brought back. he’s a great manager but he had his time. the strangeness in substitutions in the last season says it all. Kenny is a legend for lfc. i don’t think he being a manager will solve the problems. if he doesn’t do well … will he still be a manager? i guess we need an offensive minded manager like riykaard to solve our confidence problems. come on reds! ynwa

        • own

          December 31, 2010 at 12:02 pm

          i correct myself about dalglish … ‘will he still be a legend?’

  3. Ian

    December 31, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Absolute Garbage.
    He’ss an incompetent, prehistoric long ball dinnasour with a nasty edge to him. Everything wromg is blamed on others, never himself.
    He’s only there because of the English Press love in with him (second only to “Our Arry”) and because that ‘nasty despicable Spaniard ruined Liverpool’ (sic).
    Rafa (and Kenny) have more class, trophies won & understanding of Liverpool than this old fool could ever grasp.
    GET RID.

  4. anteater

    December 31, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Roy was on an impossible mission right from the start with the majority of fans thinking and saying that he was not good enough for our club. At the time he was appointed none of the so called big names would have taken that job and it is no different now. Now there are even petitions for Roy being sacked. Has anybody ever wondered what kind of message that sends out into the world and how that portrays our club and us supporters. I fear not. We are becoming more of a laughing stock with big help from us, the supporters.

  5. Prasant

    December 31, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Since the begining Hodgson doesn’t seem to be the right man for Anfield. What has irritated me most about him was his silence when Ferguson unjustly attacked Torres. That attitude of smallness is simply not in the right frame for LFC. He blames Benitez for the squad so it would be fair if he took the blame for what is happening to Fulham.

    35 years of coaching, what are the true credentials that qualify him for the job? If we follow that logic, people who have been driving for more than 40 years should be better than Schumacher !!!

  6. King Torres

    December 31, 2010 at 10:46 am

    The problem is the tactics we sit too deep and lump the ball up to Torres an Ngog then expect these 2 players to deal with it. Both strikers are more suited to playing the ball on the ground, something we don’t do. This is evident from the fact that he won’t play Agger who likes to bring the ball out from defence and play football. The striker we have that can play well with his back to goal gets stuck on the wing when he does play, that being Jovanavic. Then you talk about giving him money Poulson and Koncesky suggest that’s the last thing you should do, even if he gets good players like Cole and Merelles he doesn’t play them where they have been most effective. Against Wolves he didn’t even put Maxi on the pitch from the bench when he has been one of our firm players of late. Look at Hodgsons stats he has records for worse form and losses in50+ years. Just 13 away wins in 5.5 years in English football, that’s over 100 games. A Swedish league title to show for his 30 + years of management. Where is his pedigree? What is there to show he will improve? Is it not the managers job to inspire the players? He has had half the season and showed he is not up to the job. We can not afford for the current firm to continue as we are on target for 46 points that would be disastrous for the long term future. We need to show we cam get a champions league place next season so we can attract the right players and stop this decline from being a long term problem.

  7. MicMac

    December 31, 2010 at 10:56 am

    The players do need to take some responsibility but nowhere near the amount the manager does. If you have players of quality & can’t get them to beat a team like Wolves, or newly promoted Blackpool & Newcastle, or even Northampton, then yes it is the managers fault. If the best managers can get top performances out of players who aren’t superstars (see Owen Coyle, Ian Holloway etc), then surely it’s the worst managers who take a team full of Internationals & make them look like a team of Sunday league players. 8 of our starting line up from Wednesday battered Real Madrid 4-0 not too long ago, the difference is that we now have a tactically inept manager who is so far out of his depth it’s laughable. We don’t turn on a manager easily, but you can’t ask for fans support when we haven’t been given any reasons to give it. Rafa Benitez earned our support & for that we stood by him, & many of us still do. We are knowlegable supporters, we’re not going to get behind the manager just in the hope that things start to turn around because we’ve seen enough to know that he is not good enough & it’s not going to happen. You mention that ‘he knows his football’. Surely every manager knows his football, the difference is that some managers know what it takes to be up there with the best & roy isn’t one of them. He’s a nice guy & I’m sure he’ll do well at a smaller club whose expectations are limited to staying in the Premier League & getting a decent cup run here & there but I’m not lowering my expectations to that extent & neither will any other Liverpool supporter. We back the club, that doesn’t mean we have to unconditionally back anyone associated with the club, otherwise we’d have all been campaigning to give Hicks & Gillett more time to turn things around. Collectively we know what’s best for Liverpool Football Club. Roy Hodgeson’s continued presence is a hinderance to what we stand for & where we want to be so yes he can walk the storm alone as far as I’m concerned, he’s let us down too many times.

  8. bee

    December 31, 2010 at 11:03 am

    There are thousands of LFC fans who at the beginning new Hodgson was not good enough.. but he is manager and we will give him a chance, Fans of everyage group who have all watched and understood football all their supporting lifes. So the majority veiw has been he is a risk, but we hope he can prove different. After 6 mnths and even with all the propaganda from his media friend and the punditry boysclub, the fans opinion was right, its is proven beyond doubt, the evidence is their for all to see, no motivation, no fight, no ideas, no tactical awarness nothin, he sets up his team like table soccer, pure ridged 442, nothin else. He is was he is a relegation man, again proven beyond doubt.. The last straw for me was the performance against Everton.. nothing since has changed my opinion at all. A good manager brings the best out of players, a manager puts his character into the team and everymanger puts fight into the team, even Mick Mccarthy did the other night, any team who plays LFC with any passion and fight will win with Roy in charge, coz he has got none, thats the character he has instilled in to wc cup winners , quality players mostly wc standard. Any manager anywhere must be able to do better with such tools..

  9. amer

    December 31, 2010 at 11:05 am


    its not hogdson faults. its the players. even rafa can do nothing. sell lucas , ngog , johnson , krygiakos and konchesky.even torres is not performing.
    i still believe in the manager. its rafa squad he inhereted from poor last season. Give him money to change the squad.
    what we need most is a playmaker and a hard fullback (the reason we conceed).
    i still back roy despite my dissapointment.

    • own

      December 31, 2010 at 12:05 pm

      i tried to do that for tha past two months amer. i can’t help it anymore. 8 players who played last wednesday were in the team that trashed real madrid at anfield. so what’s happening? i guess the players are underperforming as they don’t see a future with this manager. it’s not a good attitude i admit but how can they perform well when players like mereiles and kuyt being played out of position?

  10. Rezz

    December 31, 2010 at 11:06 am

    I am somenone who is willing to back a manager who is quite clearly improving the team’s play even though we dont win games.Liverpool are a shambles under Roy. There was no pattern or system against whatsoever against wolves

    His tactics are just buffling,liverpool were doing pretty well with a 4-2-3-1 system under rafa.With little change in playing personnel,the sensible thing to do would have been to continue with that system and change things with time Instead of completely overhauling the formation and the playing style.

    If he can not get the players currently at liverpool to perform, I really dont see the point in him bringing in more players.8 of the players who started against wolves were at the world cup and most of that squad has done pretty well in the champions league.The players have proved themselves and Roy simply hasn’t.

  11. obiman

    December 31, 2010 at 11:10 am

    In all walks of life and as the saying goes, “the buck stops with the man at the top”. At this moment in time that man is Roy Hodgson and it is his duty to motivate the players he has inherited. It is also his duty to try and get the best with what he has until such time he can make additions to the squad. There are two factors I think you have complete;y ignored in your article:
    1) Adaptability – Roy Hodgson has shown no evidence to adapt his tactics to suit the type of players in the squad he has inherited. In this regard he has proven himself to be exceptionally stubborn (arguably more so than Rafa!) and the net result is our current position in the league table.
    2) Belittling – Since day one Hodgson has belittled the squad he has inherited, firmly laying the blame for its quality at the feet of his predecessor. For this reason alone it’s no surprise that the players are struggling to “die” for their manager. They may all have good intentions of trying for the supporters but point (1) is making it difficult for them to do so.

    Every football club has a “personality” and quite simply Roy Hodgson and LFC are a complete mismatch. We don’t like his football style and tactics and its our right to show our discontent!

    Sack him now and bring in fresh young blood like Owen Coyle! YNWA

  12. Handbags

    December 31, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Finally some1 has a bit of perspective….these dismal performances are Rafa’s legacy, it will take time and money to change….but Roy has had neither.


  13. Martin Badger

    December 31, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I notice not one of the Benitez fanatics – what in God’s name do they see in that total incompetent? – mention his disastrous failure in Milan. Oh no, let’s all keep quiet about that. The fact is that Liverpool supporters live in an absolute fantasy world. No manager – not even the great Bill Shankly – could win matches with the rubbish Benitez left behind. Lucas Leiva, Ryan Babel, David Ngog – did Hodgson sign those three ‘stars’?They should be playing in the park on a Sunday and Benitez should be managing there.

  14. FT

    December 31, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Martin Badger. A typical narrow minded attitude to Benitez’s reign in Milan. Milan currently sit 13 points off the top with 2 games in hand. Win those two and they would be 7 points off the top. Also he has had quite a number of injuries to key players to contend with which has hindered results. Also he has won the Super Cup and the Club World Cup during his short time there. I would not describe RAFA as totally incompetent, he is in fact a very talented manager who had his worst season at Liverpool last year, which again was blighted by injuries and some very bad luck (beach ball) and although he finished 7th he was only 4 points off 4th spot.

  15. I should manage Liverpool

    December 31, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Okay, what would you have us do as Liverpool supporters ?
    Here’s what I think so shoot me if you differ. Look I have managed people for many years and yes tactics is a fundamental to any successful long term goal. I don’t dispute Hogson’s ability in this area. (Well maybe a little) But I do believe that motivation is a key ability that is lacking from his bag of tricks. So when you say blame the players I say yes, but I also say it’s something that can be remedied with giving the players focus dreams goals something to aspire to. That was a pivotal part of Rafa’s tenure. How many articles have we read where players such as Torres and Gerard come out saying there’s always room for improvement and Rafa helps us see and get there or what have you.
    I hate being so negative especially in regards to my Liverpool, but after a stressful; overworked; under paid work week, one of the few pleasures i have is investing 90mins of my weekend watching my beloved team play.

    Under Rafa I had many currently I carry none but beating Chelsea this season.(Which lets be honest carries no weight currently.)
    So to stress a point a manager has many areas of concern, and should have enough diversity in talent or education to maintain those areas of concern. Weather they’re buying players, formation, pep talks, training regimes, etc etc. You have got to strike that balance and i’m Sorry Mr. Hogson you have betrayed my faith in you by not fulfilling your duties. But as i’m sure most of us out there will do as Liverpool supporters we will give you a little more time. Lets just hope that our faith is not repaid with more performances like the one you treated us with at Anfield past….

  16. yuva seegoolam

    December 31, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Give a kick to the manager. It,s z players fault. What a nonsense. who told to judge him after ten matches? who is the leader? who decides about tactics? playing kuyt on left and Mereiles on right isn,t it a sign that the man,s has no sound judgment? give him a chance coz he is british. If u give a good play it,s ok. but no cohesion, no team, no leadership and just blaming others.

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