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Hodgson set to be unveiled as Liverpool manager?

Early reports are today suggesting that the Fulham manager, Roy Hodgson, is set to take over at Premiership rivals Liverpool.

Roy Hodgson

By Thom Alexander.

Early reports are today suggesting that the Fulham manager, Roy Hodgson, is set to take over at Premiership rivals Liverpool. News broke late last night that Hodgson would be unveiled as the successor to Rafa Benitez at Anfield, with the experienced Englishman set to be officially announced when his punditry duties with the BBC end.

Hodgson has had a long and successful career in management, and has transformed Fulham from relegation certainties to last season’s Europa League runners up. This has been a feature of Hodgson’s history, as he first took on a managerial position in Sweden and guided unfancied Halmstads from the lower echelons of the Swedish league to two time title winners. A brief period in charge of Bristol City was followed by a stint at Orebro. From there he took the job at FC Malmo and led the side to five consecutive Swedish titles between 1985-90, as well as making progress in Europe.

After leaving the club at which he had become a legend, Hodgson moved to Switzerland, taking Neuchatel Xanax to second place in the Swiss Super League and again making an impression on European football, defeating Celtic 5-2 on aggregate and winning 1-0 at home against Real Madrid. His success there prompted the Swiss FA to appoint him manager of the national team, which he led to the 1994 World Cup at the expense of Portugal and ahead of Italy. Hodgson repeated the trick again in 1996, taking the Swiss to Euro 96 in his homeland and 3rd in the FIFA World Rankings.

The lure of club football prompted Hodgson to move to Inter Milan in 1995. After a season of ship-steadying, Inter finished 3rd in the league and narrowly lost in the UEFA Cup final. The English manager had revolutionised the squad, by bringing in Youri Djorkaeff, Aron Winter and Ivan Zamorano.

A spell in charge at Blackburn was a mixed blessing. Despite a strong first year in charge that saw Blackburn finish 6th, Hodgson was sacked in his second season with the club adrift at the bottom of the table. After a brief return to Inter Milan in 1999, he returned to Switzerland to take over at Grasshoppers Zurich. In 2000/01, he led FC Copenhagen to the Danish Superliga title, before returning to Italy for ill fated spells with Udinese and the UAE national team.

A return to Scandinavian football suited Hodgson, and he moved to Norwegian strugglers Viking Stavanger. Again he proved a success, and took the club to the Group stages of the UEFA Cup in 05/06, defeating Austria Vienna and Monaco along the way. When he was offered the Finnish national job, he completed the set of Scandinavian countries. A solid Euro 2008 campaign saw Finland narrowly missing out to Portugal and Poland by just three points, and despite offers of a renewed contract, Hodgson again decided to move on.

His appointment as Fulham manager in 2007 was a massive gamble for both parties. For Hodgson, the chance to redeem his reputation in his homeland was too great to turn down, while Fulham were in desperate need of a motivator. His tenure started poorly, but an unbelievable run of results at the tail end of the season – including a 3-2 win over Man City when 2-0 down with 20 minutes to go – ensured Fulham’s late survival. Following a clear out, Hodgson strengthened the side by signing Brende Hangeland and Mark Schwarzer, and getting the best out of Clint Dempsey and a rejuvinated Danny Murphy. Fulham went on to qualify for the Europa League, which they took by storm last season, with the elimination of Juventus at Craven Cottage a particular highlight.

Hodgson’s career has been marked by exceptional man management, tactical nous, a keen eye in the transfer market and a pressing, high tempo style of play. He will have to call on all of his experience to mould a fairly aimless Liverpool side into a potential title winner and juggle the potential pressures from board room level. However, he has proved himself an intelligent, dignified manager in the past, and could well be the man to restore Liverpool to the upper regions of the Premiership.

38 Comments

38 Comments

  1. Red Mist

    June 25, 2010 at 11:06 am

    If this happens, which I doubt, than DIMBO & DUMBO really have it in for Liverpool supporters, because they KNOW quite well that, the fans do NOT, repeat NOT, want Hodgson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Dave Jones

    June 25, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Red mist speak for yourself, hodgson would be good manager and would steady the ship. He knows the premiership well and has good relationship with the players. He’s knows all about liverpools history and the importance of doing well for the supporters. Why go for foreign manager who’s just there for the money and know’s nothing about our club.
    Give Hoggson a chance

  3. ThomAlexander

    June 25, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I think it’s an excellent appointment. He’s got a great track record all over Europe, experience of managing big sides like Inter, International experience, and has been to two European finals. Compared with the alternatives, he’s a steady, progressive appointment.

  4. Bill

    June 25, 2010 at 11:57 am

    He’ll just be a poodle for the Hicklets and we’ll definitely lose Nando and Stevie G along with Yosi and Mascherano. We need Kenny not a mid table manager, even Moyes would be preferable.

  5. steve mcauley

    June 25, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    dave, i don’t think red mist is speaking for himself! if you have been keeping tabs on all the forums, you would see that the overwhelming majority of liverpool fans have firmly rejected woy’s appointment

  6. Dave Jones

    June 25, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Well steve. Have seen the forums and kk would be fantastic if it worked out. king Kenny is a legend and should stay a legend, what would happen if he failed…
    Just want the best for the club. Lets hope it’s sorted soon and we move forward as a club. All i want is manager who can steady the ship and play attractive football.
    A team which plays football.

  7. james

    June 25, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Dave please tell me you are not that blinkered. Remember this is the guy that got manager of the year ? I think he’s done a fantastic job at a club that doesn’t have the kind of cash that pool have had in the last few years. So please do try a bit to read the situation a bit clearer … thanks !

  8. RF

    June 25, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    None of this makes any sense.
    If we have not been bought out then surely we would appiont Kenny as interim boss – no or little cost involved. New guys get to pick their own Manager.
    If we have been bought out buy some Rich Congom – would they be behind Roy’s selection? – dont think he’s is going to attract or keep the players LFC need for a title charge.. No offense Roy but this seems like a step backwards to me..
    Pellegrini / Rikkard/ Play the kind of football and attract the kind of players LFC need not only on the pitch but commercially of it to.
    Really puzzled at this and hope it’s not true…

  9. Red Mist

    June 25, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Dave Jones……..I am now convinced that, you are either still a toddler or, you know absolutily NOTHING about football, you must be one of those RAFA haters that, wanted him out……Now, I hope that you are satisfied with, what might be his replacement in Hodgson, who has been in management for the last 27 years and, has NEVER won anything, did you know that in his first season at fulham (2007), he accumulated a MASSIVE 9 points, out of 39 ?….that is a great achivement, is it not?…..now go back to sleep……..Oops

  10. Dave Jones

    June 25, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    not that blinkered????????? James what you getting at??
    If you had read my first post you would have read that i am in favour of Roy Hodgson appointment.
    So please do try a bit to read the situation a bit clearer…thanks

  11. STEVE MCAULEY

    June 25, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    dave, we all want the best for the club mate, do you really think roy hodgson is the best we can do? no disrespect to you or him but i think, even with our current difficulties, we can aim a bit higher! i would vote for kenny as a stop-gap until we get new owners with new ideas

  12. Dave Jones

    June 25, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    red mist.. yes you are right i hated Rafa. He should have got the sack along time ago. Is style of football and tactics the last 5/6 years were shit.
    Players like degan/ kuyt/ ngog/ el zar/ dossana/ lucas/ vorinon.The list is endless of poor signing since he arrived. Can you honestly say you enjoyed watching liverpool play under Rafa.
    Now we need manager who can get back to old traditions with attaching football and pass and move.
    Red mist.. who do you want to be manager and why????

  13. Dave Jones

    June 25, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Hi Steve.
    Maybe your right about KK till new owners arrive???
    But if Roy gets the job we as supporters need to be 100% behind him.
    Frank Rijard would be my 1st choice.
    Want a manager who can come in and make hard decision and get rid of deadwood. Would KK do this???
    Would he be a yes man for the board and work with what he’s got??

  14. STEVE MCAULEY

    June 25, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    100% with you there dave! he just had to go! i just don’t believe hodgson will be able to attract or hold on to star players, whereas i think kenny would galvanise the existing squad and steady the ship until new owners come in and give THEIR new man the funds to add some more quality. our first team is pretty good and i think kenny could have them play some very good attacking football unlike rafa!

  15. poor little scousers

    June 25, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    LIverpool board are very clever ,Liverpool fans refused to buy season tickets and merchandise out of protest,they let slip about some arabs buying the club making them richer than man city,every one buys season tickets and shirts

    they say they are selling ,why have they appointed a manager that was not good enough to manage blackburn ?would a arab consortium back hodgson ?

    they don’t want to sell ,they just want protesters to stop you are there meal ticket nothing else

  16. Red Mist

    June 25, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Dave Jones……How about…..Reina….Agger….Torres…Benayoun…..Maxi…Maschareno……HOW MUCH ARE THESE RAFA SIGHNINGS worth now??? and, as for Kuyt and Lucas, I wouldn’t say that they are shit, neither. To your other question, I would go for either Ryjkaard or Pellegrini, managers that quality players would want to play for….agreed?

  17. Dave Jones

    June 25, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    yeah, Steve maybe your right.
    But Hodgson was worked really well with is current squad. He has bought some quality players with a small budget. Players like Hangeland/Duff/ Murphy/ Demspey/ all which have given 100% for there manager. If given money by liverpool i think he would spend wisely. He has got a lot of contacts within the game as managed in so many countries.
    If was kk as new manager would also be delighted.
    What players would you keep Steve and who would you buy???

  18. STEVE MCAULEY

    June 25, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    no dave, i don’t think kenny would have a problem getting rid and i certainly don’t think he would be a “yes man” which is probably why he’s not being considered for the job and roy hodgson IS. i do agree with #15 though, can’t see an imminent sale if the current board are appointing a manager!

  19. Dave Jones

    June 25, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Red Mist. Reina/Agger/Torres yeah have quality. He got 4/5 players right out of 90.
    maschareno is a good player for what he does…. taking down players and giving the ball away. We need players who can attack and pass the ball. Kuyt and Lucas are shit.
    Would they get into any other top 4 sides in Premier league. Would Man U/ Chelsea/ arsenal/ man city have them in there sides. Answer no.
    As for benayoun looks half decent as playing with Kuyt/Lucas…

  20. steve mcauley

    June 25, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    hi dave, i would try to keep the majority of the first team, would get rid of kuyt, lucas, babel, ngog, riera and quite a few of the fringe players and if masch is determined to leave i would honestly replace him with sunderland’s skipper, cana who i believe has the potential to be even better than javier! would also try to recruit taiwo or drenthe for LB, turan, ireland or noble for CM and a striker, would loved to have brought anelka back because he should never have left, but he’s just signed a new deal, would also love to have joe cole but highly unlikely, would be happy enough to see jovanavic come in, he looks useful

  21. Dave Jones

    June 25, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Hi Steve.
    Agree with everything there. All them signing would be fantastic. There would be depth in the squad as well as a strong bench which has been a problem….
    Would babel turn things around under a new manager???as clearly didn’t want to play for Rafa.
    yeah jovanavic looks ok.

  22. steve mcauley

    June 25, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    maybe dave, the lad has undoubted talent, perhaps rafa’s bad man-management was the reason for his inconsistancy, for all my doubts about hodgson, he definately can get the best out of his players, would certainly have no problem with our new boss giving the boy a LAST chance

  23. Red Mist

    June 25, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    There are far too many ant-Rafa fans here……who I think that, they are all blinkered!….Hodgson for RAFA??????….give us a break, and DAVE you have not answered my question, re Hodgson’s record….after 27 years in management………. We will NOT settle for third rate managers…..or you might even be a FULHAM supporter, tring to dump him on us!.

  24. steve mcauley

    June 25, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    red mist, do you think the reason there are a lot of anti-rafa fans here is because the ARE a lot of anti-rafa fans? i think it’s YOU who are blinkered mate, GET OVER IT, he’s gone! but anti-rafa doesn’t mean pro-woy, i want the best for Lfc but, at this moment in time, we can’t attract the best which is why i see a temporary appointment of king kenny as the ideal solution til we get rid of dumb & dumber

  25. Dave Jones

    June 25, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Red Mist give me a break hodgson for rafa any day. Anybody but that Spanish fat waiter. What did Rafa ever do except 2005 and he was lucky.
    His negative tactics and style of play were boring. He ruined liverpoolfc.
    red mist do you think a quality manager will arrive under the current owners and with no guarantee of funds even after player sales.
    Roy isn’t my 1st choice but might just work. He needs our support if goes ahead. fresh idea’s is what’s needed.

  26. Red Mist

    June 25, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Steve………Nope….just the few, who know nothing, about football……..to wanting a swap Rafa with Hodgson….just shows your knowhow.

  27. Red Mist

    June 25, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Dave……….you are contradicting yourself here, you are either blaming Rafa or them clueless cowboys……it is them two morons who are ruining LFC and, no one else!!!! and how you can compare a very successful manager such as Rafa, with ‘NEVER won anything’, Hodgson, is beyond me. We all want the best for LFC but, Hodgson is the worst choice….mark my words…if it happens, which I doubt very much.

  28. Red Mist

    June 25, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    James…Steve…I am a scouser,and I can tell you, right now, what the main discussion is around Liverpool…..We do NOT think that Hodgson is the way forward, We deserve much,much better than that!!!

  29. ThomAlexander

    June 25, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Red Mist, you ask what Hodgson has won in his 27 years…

    4 Swedish League titles
    6 Allsvenskan titles
    2 Swedish Cups
    1 Danish League title
    2 time runner up in the UEFA Cup.

    If this was some small time Scandanavian manager, tipped for big things, I could understand people being worried, but he’s an Englishman with a great track record, who’s managed Inter and the country ranked 3rd in the World. In terms of numbers of titles won, he’s won more than Dalglish, Rijkaard or Benitez, and all of this on a smaller budget than any of them.

  30. Dave Jones

    June 25, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    them 2 morons are destroying lfc but they also supported rafa in the transfer market. Rafa spent 300m on shit.
    Just look at the list below of pure shit which he brought to the club and he didn’t destroy the club……………….
    Leto/Lucas/Ngog/plessis/Nunez/Voronin/degan/palletta/kuyt/insua/arbeloa/kromkamp/zendan/carson/gonzalez/josemi/barragan/
    pelligrino/sissoko/Morientes/pennant/keane all pure shit.
    his good buys like crouch/garcia/alonso/bellamy he got rid of. Rafa wasted money and but the club back 5 years because of stupid transfers and negitive tactics.

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