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“We have had no official approach from Liverpool”

Roy Hodgson

By Football Talk.

Liverpool have yet to make a formal approach for Fulham boss Roy Hodgson, the Londoners confirmed last night. Speculation has been mounting that Liverpool would seek talks with Hodgson before Wednesday, when he will fly out to South Africa to act as a BBC pundit. But according to, there has yet to be any contact from the Merseysiders.

“We have had no official approach from Liverpool about Roy Hodgson,” a club spokesman said.

Hodgson is believed to be Liverpool’s main target as they search for a replacement for the departed Rafa Benitez. Support has been growing for Anfield legend Kenny Dalglish to take over on a short term basis, but it’s believed that club officials are against the appointment and want to move quickly to appoint a new manager to avoid being pressured into a decision.

Hodgson has apparently made it clear he wants his future sorted out before he leaves for South Africa, but with just 24 hours left before he heads for the World Cup, it’s increasing unlikely anything will be finalised. Despite Liverpool’s interest, Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed insists his manager will still be at the helm next season, and sees no reason why Hodgson would want to leave.

Al Fayed said: “I don’t think he’ll leave me.

“I’m sure he’ll have lots of approaches from other clubs, but I give him anything he wants to reach results and we have a very good relationship.”

However, Hodgson would find it extremely difficult to turn down a club the size of Liverpool, and after guiding Fulham to a Europa League Final last season, he may feel he has taken the Cottagers as far as he can. Liverpool are also keen to take advantage of Hodgson’s contract situation, where-by he is on a 12-month rolling deal which includes a clause allowing him to leave for a top club for only £2.5m in compensation.

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  1. Dave,West Aus

    June 15, 2010 at 10:28 am

    If no approach has been made to Fulham from LFC,then why is he asking for his future to be sorted out before going to Africa! Contact of some kind must have been made,or is he just offering himself to LFC. Q; Why have’n’t Fulham offered him an extention? Q; If Al Fayed wants to keep him why has he let Hodgson’s contract run down to the last twelve months?

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