Hodgson Blames Twitter & Internet For Liverpool Failure

By on August 25, 2011

West Bromwich Albion boss Roy Hodgson blames the internet for his torrid time as Liverpool manager.

The experience manager concedes fans used social media outlets to vent their angry whilst he was at the helm in Liverpool. Hodgson was never the “fans choice” when he arrived at Anfield and a poor start to his campaign done little to convince the fans he was the man to revitalise the good times in Liverpool.

He told the London Evening Standard:

“I am not convinced the internet is a true reflection of what people in general think of anything, least of all in football clubs. ‘Interneters’ or ‘twitterters’, whatever you call them, want to make themselves a bit special by getting their voices heard.

“In the past, newspapers relied on their sources within the club. Now what you read in the papers just comes from people shifting through the internet. But there is a large body of people out there who care about their club. They are much more fair-minded but their opinions don’t get canvassed because they do not broadcast them.”

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15 Comments

  1. Fivelamps

    August 25, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I’m afraid Roy can say what he likes about Twitter etc – the fact of the matter is that there’s no smoke without fire and the Twitters and social media stuff was a fair reflection of how the fans felt – he was not the right choice for LFC and his performance left much to be desired – just look at the way things picked up after he left..good luck to him as he is a decent bloke but just not right for a top flight team

  2. JONESKI22

    August 25, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Roy was given a chance by the fans, they wern’t protesting outside anfield when he was appointed like the Villa fans did with Mcleish. The fact is that results were poor which proved that the signings he made were not up to scratch. Sending Aquilani on loan to Juve and taking Poulsen from them borders on Pathetic! The style of football we played was dire under Roy, so for him to try and cover up his shortcomings by blaming twitter and the internet is a lame effort for a man who is respected in the game, im sorry but with comments like this all respect has gone. Lets just hope he doesn’t get the England job as he has stated he would like!

  3. RedNProud

    August 25, 2011 at 10:51 am

    It was true the majority of (not all)fans wanted KK to be appointed as manager and felt that Roy was the wrong man for the job. However when Roy was given the job most fans gave him the benifit of the doubt and wanted him to succeed. What turned the fans against him was his stupid interviews, negative comments and his hopeless/helpless/haven’t got a clue body language during games. The fact that we played some of the worst football in the history of the club didn’t help either.

    Since he left LFC Roy has tried to blame everyone else for his failure at Anfield and this is just his latest excuse but if he thinks that it was only on a minority of fans who expressed thier opinions on the internet then I suggest that he gets a hearing test as I can still remember the anti-Roy chants reverberating around Anfield.

    Ultimately the fans got thier wish and the rest is history. With FSG, Kenny and the Academy the future looks bright.

  4. LFCexiled

    August 25, 2011 at 10:56 am

    So the fans were wrong to complain on the internet about your negative tactics?

    So the fans were wrong to complain when you insulted our intelligence virtually every time you opened your mouth?

    You should be happy that the internet wasn’t around for the vast majority of your ‘extinguished and vastly experienced’ career or you probably wouldn’t have had one.

    You should also be happy that we live in an age where poor performance is rewarded with a large pay-off you old owly-gobbed git.

    Do. One.

  5. Rob W, Chester

    August 25, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I wish he would crawl back under his stone. He was a dismal Liverpool FC manager and that’s why the fans were against him. If he had played positive football and won some games things would have been different. His tactics were negatative and so was he. If he had kept positive rather than bigged up relegation candidates as fearsome opponents and backed this up with some results then he would have the fans behind him. I am sick of his delusions. He is manager of West Brom. He needs to get on with it and stop living in the past. His excuses just do not cut it. The worst Liverpool manager in at least 50 years.

  6. Declan

    August 25, 2011 at 11:07 am

    The people made their opinions very clear when over 10,000 stayed at home for the Bolton game on New Years Day!
    Roy was a failure and has no one to blame but himself.

  7. Rob

    August 25, 2011 at 11:40 am

    This man with an over inflated ego is still in denial. Handsomely compensated for abject failure. He produced the worst brand of football I’ve watched in the last 58 years. If he hadn’t been dismissed then we would now be watching Championship football.

  8. Kopite_Cymraeg

    August 25, 2011 at 11:41 am

    @RedNProud, you are spot on, your points echoe my feelings about hodgson. I was willing to back him from the off for the sake of the team and for the sake of hodgsons past expertise. However, come numerous poor displays at home (and the rest) that support ebbed away until I found myself agreeing with those anti-hodgson fans that once seemed unreasonably against his appointment. The last straw was when he blamed the Anfield support, he had systematically blamed everything but his shoddy tactics and team selection. Konchesky got no blame but he publicly attacked players like Agger! The man dug his own grave in the way he dealt with the results. They could make a training DVD on how not to conduct pre-match interviews!

  9. dj

    August 25, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I suppose Hodgson got the idea of signing Konchesky and Poulson from Liverpool fans on the internet or was it from twitter?
    The man has been negative about WBA already this season, but thats acceptable there,but it’s not at LFC. He’s at his true level now, but watch the stuff hit the fan if he gets the England job.

    He only has himself to blame,LMA manager of the year the old fart.

  10. frank

    August 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    every thing I feel about that man have been expressed.

    I wish England a wonderfull, positive future with great atacking football when he get the manager’s job.

  11. Steve

    August 25, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I remember the images on TV of Roy staring at the Liverpool trophy cabinet in awe. That wasn’t a good sign and to me it proved the job was too big for him. Could you imagine Ferguson or Mourihno doing that, even if it was staged? They would be more interested in the future and what the team would win under them. But ultimately it was the quality of the players Roy bought and his inability to instill confidence in the team that got him the sack.

  12. REGHAN

    August 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Dear Mr Hodgson, All Liverpool fans were wishing you’d succeed even though Kenny Dalglish was by far the better manager for Liverpool. You just failed to deliver. Your tactics were poor and the players themselves tuned against you. Why don’t you just be honest and admit that YOU WERE JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE JOB AT LIVERPOOL. Nothing personal but between you and Kenny it is a no brainer. No sooner our new manager has taken over from you our fortunes improved and still is. At least now the prospect of silverware is a genuine possibility whereas under your management we were nearly relegated so don’t blame the internet

  13. jonnysingapore

    August 25, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    After being convinced that the players were the problem (corrosive influence of SAF), he was blatantly put in his place by his successor simply believing in the players.

    He’s inherited an excellent side at West Brom from Dimatteo, and it is no shock that Chelsea now employ Roberto.

    West Brom unfortunately shipped more goals than they scored with their excellent playing style and forwards like Odemwingie (who lfc should have bought).

    Roy has tightened the defence enough so that they now score more than they concede.

    However, they STILL haven’t kept a clean sheet. And that’s supposed to be his strong point being defensive.

    He’s a bizarre individual, better getting on with his job and keeping his gob shut.

  14. Nigsy

    August 25, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Oh Woy!! when will this ever stop?? you did not have a clue, standing on the touchline rubbing your face and standing there like a rabbit infront of headlights, You were out of your depth. At the start of the season i said “Ok Roy Hodgson lets see how we get on very experienced manager” however you bought BAD! Koncheskey (spelt wrong!!) Poulson, Brad Jones, Linked with the likes of Carlton Cole, it was never gonna work out. You got a lovely pay off for 6 months work but you still blame the fans and now the internet. Does it not occur to you that since you left we shot up the table, finished 7th (Which i never would of thought was possible at xmas) Signed the likes of Suarez, Adam, Downing, HOPEFULLY Coates. We have moved on, i think its time you did Woy, Good luck at West Brom, thank God you left the Red Men.

  15. Kevy

    August 25, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I’m gobsmacked, he’s still making excuses! Just shut up and move on, liverpool have. No matter what excuse roy comes up with sooner or later he will have to stand by his decisions. From buying players such as konchesky, alienating world class talent, tactics that were poor and consistently talking as though we were a club in danger of relegation. The fact is Roy hodgson had us at the BOTTOM of the table. Not twitter, not Facebook that was Roy. It’s about time he manned up and took responsibility and moved on.

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