10 disastrous quotes of Roy Hodgson’s LFC reign


LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, July 1, 2010: Liverpool Football Club's new manager Roy Hodgson during a press conference at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Definition: A Royism is an inexplicable decision, quotation or action made by Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson. Royism’s were first detected in July 2010 and have multiplied precariously ever since. Execution of a Royism can leave the subject open to animosity and ridicule.

Below is a list of infamous Royism’s, complete with analysis on their content, meaning and effect.

No.1: Post-match reaction to a 2-0 derby defeat

“From what I saw I thought we dominated the second half totally. I thought the shape of the team was good today; the quality of our passing and movement was good. We didn’t score goals and Everton did but I refuse to accept that we were in any way outplayed or any way inferior. I watched the performance and the second half was as good as I saw a Liverpool team play under my management that is for sure.”

This is perhaps the most notable Royism to date. In the wake of a crushing derby defeat, whereby his side were totally and utterly outplayed, Hodgson emerged to lavish praise on his team. Added to his jocular reaction upon the final whistle, this example underlined his ill-fated reign to that point. His peculiar tale-of-the-tape not only enraged Kop supporters but ignited a debate as to whether he had well and truly cracked-up. How in any way, shape or form can a 2-0 defeat at the hands of your rivals be deemed acceptable? Moreover ‘good’ as Hodgson himself put it. To describe the display as woeful would have been stupidly kind, as the reds laboured like Phil Mitchell on crack. If anything this interview was a sad indictment on himself. If this effort was truly the the best he had gifted us by October it said little for his stewardship to that point.

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No. 2: On Fernando Torres being linked with Manchester United

“I don’t think Fernando Torres will be the only striker they target, and I don’t think that we will be the only club that will be worried their striker can be targeted. I am not naive to believe there won’t be any danger and we will never lose a player like Torres, I understand these things can happen.”

In at number two in this painstaking countdown was the bizarre effort to conjure-up an unthinkable transfer. Fernando Torres is to Liverpool what breasts are to Katie Price, by far the best feature of a butchered model. Given the efforts he himself had made to convince Torres to stay the previous summer, this press conference seemed all the more unusual. Kopites across the globe were still chuckling at the announcement of Wayne Rooney’s transfer request, only to be halted by their own manager forwarding Torres as an ideal replacement! Beam any true reds fan into the hot-seat when that question was posed and they would have scoffed at the nature of such a ridiculous proposal. Not Roy. Instead of defiantly announcing Torres would decamp to Old Trafford over his dead body, he simply added weight to the clamour. This again confirmed that Hodgson was far from immersed into the culture of Liverpool, as a club and city.

No. 3: Defending the indefensible

“Unbelievable. What do you mean by that? In 35 years, how many clubs have I had? What do you mean do my methods translate? They have translated from Halmstads to Malmo, to Orebo to Neuchatel Xamax, to the Swiss national team, so I find the question insulting. To suggest that because I have moved from one club to another, that the methods which have stood me in good stead for 35 years and made me one of the most respected coaches in Europe don’t suddenly work is very hard to believe.”

Oh Roy. A defiant stance against all those questioning your tactics was a bad move, particularly a day before a home defeat at the hands of Blackpool. An overly cautious set-up – whether it home or away – may well work for mid-table sides hell-bent on survival, but they do not ‘translate’ to one of Europe’s elite clubs. Liverpool should be attacking the likes of the Tangerines and Birmingham, overpowering them with their sheer class. Instead, your sides set-out to stifle and counter-attack (ever so occasionally). It may be forgivable if results were forthcoming but when a relegation battle looms it is disgraceful. Surely a coach with such experience should be capable of adapting to his environment, as opposed to cocooning himself in such a single-minded fashion. The Kop are famed for their knowledge of the game and we desperately crave a more adventurous style. Why totally ignore our views with seeming contempt?

No. 4: Where does Meireles play again?

“He (Meireles) had two training sessions and played on Thursday night and he played again on Sunday so it is very early for me to make strong judgements about where his best position is. The work we do on the training field will show me how best to use him.”

The aforementioned quote is so funny it could have come straight from the Frankie Boyle annals. So Roy sanctions a £10.5 million deal with no idea where he intends to play the arrival? Unbelievable. The initial uncertainty has been evidenced ever since, with Meireles appearing behind a lone striker, in a defensive midfield role, on the right, the left … Stick him between the sticks and he’d steal the Mr. Versatile tag from Jamie Carragher. Has Hodgson ever heard of Wikipedia? Championship Manager even? He must have had some idea as to what type of player the Portuguese was? Please God tell me he did. Meireles was this season’s marquee signing but his progress has been hampered by the manager’s indecision on where to play him. This Royism was highly embarrassing.

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No. 5: Criticising the ownership protest

“Those people (protestors) aren’t making my job any easier”

To be fair to Hodgson later backtracked on this and defended those involved but his initial reservations proved how out of touch he was with an embattled and meaningful campaign. The likes of the Spirit of Shankly had dedicated years to removing the cancerous Tom Hicks and George Gillett. Nonetheless, that time and effort was dismissed as ‘unhelpful’ by the Liverpool manager of all people. It is hard to envisage his predecessor projecting such ignorance. That is because Rafa Benitez was completely woven into the fabric of all things LFC. He understood the importance of the ownership issue and what it meant to the supporters. Sometimes he went a little over the top and allowed it to interfere with his management but at least we knew he cared. This Royism would have alienated many of the hardcore support.

No. 6: Attacking Rafa Benitez

“I think you can pay an awful lot of money for poor players and you can pay not very much money for very good ones – it is all to do with how good your scouting and your eye is. There are a lot of things here that the club has got to get right. We have got a lot more expensive failures on our list than good players that we have brought in for next to nothing.”

As the previous point outlined, Rafa Benitez was a very popular figure amongst supporters. Admittedly, his final season eroded a great deal of backing for his management style but he left with the best wishes of all fans. Roy’s veiled attack on the man he succeeded then represented a grave case of misjudgement (again). Hodgson continually bemoans the lack of quality within his ranks but that is as much his fault as it is Benitez’s. Rafa did not sign Christian Poulsen or Paul Konchesky. He did not allow Alberton Aquilani (a £20 million signing) to leave on loan. In fact he left a squad that still included Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, Javier Mascherano (since sold), Pepe Reina, Aquilani, Dirk Kuyt, Glen Johnson, Carragher and Daniel Agger. Those players would walk into most Premier League sides. Add Joe Cole to the mix and again the root cause of our symptoms stem to tactics.

That group could ‘outplay’ all-comers if given an adventurous mandate. Perhaps Roy should look closer to home. His value for money jibe can also be reflected. Rafael Van Der Vaart joined Spurs for £8 million, yet Hodgson acquired Meireles and Poulsen for a combined £15 million. Also, as petite a transfer kitty he may have had the lack of enforcements in attack was scandalous. Hodgson had an entire summer to identify support for Torres but failed to attract anyone. The likes of Peter Odemwengie and Moussa Dembele went for smallish sums. This duo are by no means world beaters but they are competent enough and examples of back-up we criminally ignored.

No. 7: Criticising Glen Johnson (publicly)

“He’s the England right-back and, if he plays like that, one would expect him to come back in when he’s fit. But then he’d have to play like the England right-back and up to now, to be quite frank, he’s not performed – very often at least – to the level I’d expect of him. You would have to ask him ‘do you think you’re playing like the best right-back in the country for your club?’ If he says yes, obviously we will have to agree to differ.”

Can anyone recall Sir Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger openly criticising one of their key players in this manner? Managers do not do this, it is a cardinal sin. Let’s not pretend Johnson has excelled this term, he has been poor on occasion but to slate him in the media is cruel and unprofessional. A united front is paramount if a team is to achieve anything in football. Johnson would have felt like an outcast reading this and maybe even considered his long-term future. No one could blame him. Hodgson’s wording here is in a similar vain to one David Brent, casting him as a bumbling figurehead out of touch with his own staff.

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No. 8: Misinterpreting United rivalry

“I’ve been involved in some big derbies in my career and you know how much they mean to the fans. It compares with Inter v Juventus. The Milan derby was a big occasion but the derby d’Italia was the real killer one, as it were.”

As everyone knows, Roy loves to remind us of his past ventures. His time in Italy is second only to his stint at Craven Cottage and this quote saw him compare derbies quite excitedly. This was a critical bugbear as Liverpool against Manchester United gazumps both of those fixtures in terms of importance. Added to his great affection for Fergie this did not bode well for the clash at Old Trafford. For me, and a lot of supporters, even his beloved Sir Alex, this match is THE biggest in the footballing calendar. I do not want to have it weighed against Inter v Juventus. I want fighting talk ahead of the crunch, not whimsical anecdotes about how Taggart is ‘not a Liverpool man.’ This again proved that Roy is out of touch with us, the supporters.

No. 9: Failing to defend Torres immediately among ‘dive’ claims

“I didn’t think it was necessary to say it because it was insulting people’s intelligence. For me, it was one of Alex’s inflammatory little digs to make his victory even sweeter and our defeat even harder and that’s part of the game.”

Better late than never Roy but I doubt Torres would have appreciated the delayed endorsement. Ferguson laid down the gauntlet for an old-fashioned war of words here, given the infuriating antics of Nani on the day. Sadly, Roy cowered away and laid low for a week. He should have defended his player outright and chastised the winger for his disgusting play-acting. Torres must have been dismayed at the lack of internal support and questioned his relationship with Hodgson from that moment.

No. 10: Fulham Comparison

“At the moment arguably one or two of the players that you are suggesting are very different to the Fulham players’ maybe are not playing any better than the Fulham players played. Journalists work on names and not on performances. You watch people play and you base your judgement on their name and not necessarily what they have actually done on the day of the game.”

Roy Hodgson talks of Fulham in the same vain as I discuss Kylie Minogue. A starry-eyed longing for the perfect union; or reunion in his case. Fulham have been mentioned so often in connection to Liverpool this term I’m half expecting to be redirected to Fulham.com whenever I connect to our official website. Here, Hodgson again critiques his squad quite unkindly. The point is our so-called superstars are no better than the ranks he abandoned last summer. With all due respect to Fulham that is a ludicrous statement. Would any of their players make it into our first team? Zoltan Gera at a push, another a push.. and a shove. Perhaps Danny Murphy in the wake of injury. Otherwise, no. A bad workman always blames his tools. As stressed earlier on in the piece Hodgson still has a top squad at his disposal but seems unaware of how to exploit it. Only when he breaks free of his own limitations will he be able to fully embrace the challenge of managing Liverpool.

For the time being he appears clueless. Expect him to deliver far more Royism’s than trophies before his tenure ends.


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  1. I agree with you 1000%…he is not WORTHY to be Liverpool manager…insulting his players…critisizing things that are not relative…and most of all NOT DEFENDING HIS PLAYERS…especially to rivals…I’m sorry Mr Hodgson YOU ARE OUT OF YOUR DEPTH…your each interview is morse than the other…How on earth you buy a midfilder dor 11,5 million pounds and do not no where to play him…remarkable…how on earth does our board accert that…I think they also don’t see the priest on a mountain of sugar…how can you ask to be unite when every game and every word coming from this manager is miserable and Catastrophic…WHY ON EARTH DID OUR BOARD HIRE HIM AND SUCK ONE OF THE BEST TACTICIANS AND COACHES IN THE WORLD…NO ONE IS ABOVE LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB…HEAR THE VOICE AND THE CONCERNS OF THE FANS MR HENRY…DO SOMETHING…WE ARE DROWNING…SOS…

  2. Well said Aaron. Unfortunately, Roy is a buffoon, it would be funny if he was NOT Liverpool manager, BUT he is!! Yikes!! Please sack him soon John Henry he is dragging Liverpool into the realms of total mediocrity.


    “When you come to Stoke you know you are in for a battle whoever you are. We did our best to deal with it and their first goal was a bit unfortunate. If we had been less creative Pepe (Reina) would have kicked the ball as far down field as he possibly could, not thrown it to Paul Konchesky and try to build from the back.”


    On a completely seperate note, wonder why Pepe is thinking of leaving?
    Surely nothing to do with his manager demanding he offload (hoof) the ball at every possible oppertunity??

  4. Very insightful I agree with every word. What I can’t stand most about him is his turkey neck. He needs the sack with no compensation.

  5. “I can’t get upset every time the fans chant someone’s name. Fans make their frustrations felt every time we lose a game – but unfortunately they may have to do that a few more times this season, because I can’t see us winning every game.”
    “Those people (protestors) aren’t making my job any easier”
    These are the most disrespectfull and ironic sentences said from a manager to the fans concerns EVER…how he is still be a manager of LFC???!!!…

  6. “I can’t get upset every time the fans chant someone’s name. Fans make their frustrations felt every time we lose a game – but unfortunately they may have to do that a few more times this season, because I can’t see us winning every game.”
    “Those people (protestors) aren’t making my job any easier”
    These are the most disrespectfull and ironic sentences said from a manager to the fans concerns EVER…how he is still be a manager of LFC???!!!…


  8. It’s not until you see them written and numbered like this what a complete and utter tosser he really is! Get rid now.

  9. The man is deluded, he actually thinks his dinosaur methods will bring success to Liverpool. The problem is that he will probably last until the Summer, we will finish mid table and maybe have a cup run and he will truly believe he has been the greatest success since the Dalglish era.
    He well get a job managing West Ham in the Summer and be telling the press conferences after another away defeat he was once the manager of one of the biggest clubs in Europe and how dare they ridicule him for being beat by Middlesbrough 4-0.

  10. This is not the Liverpool way.
    Change will come.
    There will be a post Roy era.
    Until then, let YNWA be true to one and all. These public comments only serve to drain our song of it’s force, its authenticity.
    Truth is, when we all start to rip like this, we soon be telling each other to zip it and walk apart.

    • I’m afraid the words are meaningless to roy which is why the fans feel this way. A manager versed in ‘the liverpool way’ wouldn’t blame his team or single out players for public criticism or fail to defend his senior players in the face criticism from taggart etc etc.
      ‘the liverpool way’ in the context you mean, was seen in the way previous managers have been treated with respect during their own ‘storms’, but these were managers either promoted from within or who had already established a track record with liverpool and more than demonstrated their sincere understanding of the clubs culture.
      I don’t think roy is close to understanding our club and the fans know it.
      Perhaps there is a new ‘liverpool way’ emerging. One of speaking your mind when you know something is very wrong. One of direct action when your club is under threat.
      When we get a manager who understands ‘the way’ he will get the full support of the fans.

  11. I quite enjoyed his LSD inspired quote after the Stoke debacle “We’ve had a good run, and played some good football in that run.” That run of ‘good football’ included the laboured result aginst against Blackburn followed by the dreadfully lucky scrap with Bolton. Played off the park by Napoli until Gerrard’s rescue, the absolute shi*e game with Wigan – again out classed apart from the first 20 minutes. The first half against Chelsea was fine apart from being battered for the whole of the second half.
    It that’s ‘good’ then God help us.

  12. Would who ever is in charge of our beloved Liverpool Club please wake up smell the coffee , grasp the nettle and sack Roy Hodgsons before any more damage is done , it is clear Roy is out of his depth , and is losing the plot , we need a man put in charge who knows what the supporters expect from their team , and we are certainly not getting it under Roy ( has any one seen the King )

  13. This has confirmed what any true red supporter has suspected for a while now, the man is just not good enough. The owners need to act and act fast before this man can be allowed to do any more damage to our great club. It is not the Liverpool way to remove managers after so little time but in this case it has to be done ASAP to prevent the rot being allowed to soak into the club buy this bumbling bafoon. YNWA

  14. “Would any of their players make it into our first team? Zoltan Gera at a push, another a push.. and a shove.”

    Absolutely clueless. Hangeland would be the best defender at Liverpool if he joined. Dempsey is a cut above the likes of Meireles, Cole, Babel and Jovanovic. Zamora would be a better striking option than, um, do you have any strikers other than Torres?

    • Spoken like a true Fulham fan. What are you doing here?

      Hangeland might make the reserve squad.
      Dempsey, as much as i like his determination is not better than Cole, Meireles, Babel. I’d judge Jova after Christmas when he’s had time to bed in.

      RH reminds me of G.Sounes

      • :D

        Dempsey has scored more over the last couple of seasons that Cole and Babel COMBINED! He also played at the World Cup, unlike the other two, and played very well.

        Hangeland is possibly the best defender outside the big four (note, you are not in the big four anymore) and was coveted by Wenger so the assertion that he’d be a reserve player at Liverpool proves you know nothing about football.

        I’d take Zamora over N’Gog any day.

        Not that it matters, but I’m a United fan…

    • Spoken like a true Fulham fan. What are you doing here?

      Hangeland might make the reserve squad.
      Dempsey, as much as i like his determination is not better than Cole, Meireles, Babel. I’d judge Jova after Christmas when he’s had time to bed in.

      RH reminds me of G.Sounes

  15. He has said some very silly things,

    Still wouldn’t compete with Rafa’s or Houllier’s list though.

    Hopefully Kenny will arrive soon, and we can be done with the nonsense quotes once and for all.

  16. aaron you look like a smug little weasel mate, get a girlfriend!! pathetic bandwagon posting, nice one you’re doing our rivals job for us, keep dragging the guy down irrelevant of the circumstances he came into the job… Grow up you ugly git and learn of something known as the bigger picture taking into account everything impacting on an already difficult job… you spotty lickle wanker

    • Yeah – & that’s a really mature post addressing the facts of the article. No, well said, Aaron. RH is definitely not LFC class

    • why get personal ned? the article is an accurate assessment of the thoughts of the vast majority of Liverpool fans you twat!

    • Mr Ned Smanks (or should i say Roy Hodgson himself) how can you question this article when all the quotes are factual? you are deluded. we are not being fickle, it is just obvious the job’s too big for Roy (you)…please leave now.

    • Agree Ned, came into the job under the worst circumstances imaginable. Rafa nearly destroyed the club, now people are attacking Roy after only a couple of months in charge. May take years to fix Rafa’s mess.

      And now he’s at it again…Feel bad for Inter fans.

  17. can’t wait until he’s gone..it’ll finally lift the last of the gloom from the two cowboys reign. Indecision is the mother of all disasters, the board should show the backbone that’s necessary and the ear that was promised, listen to the fans and politely show the man out of Kenny’s office.

  18. Great post! Agree fully. But I’m curious, given his disastrous tenure to date, why the mainstream English press seems to be treating him with kid gloves. The very same press that gave Rafa such a hard time. I live in Australia so can anyone tell me why?

        • You just have to look at how 95 percent of the English media handled the “bottled milk” and “priest on a mountain of sugar” quotes to see that xenophobia in action.

          Two phrases that make perfect sense to a Spaniard, and which even make pretty good sense when translated, and yet if you looked at the reaction in the papers, on Sky, etc you would think that Benitez said something akin to “blue aliens like trees on toast”.

          Let’s not forget that our own language is full of phrases that would make no sense to most foreigners. “Raining cats and dogs”, “kick the bucket”, etc.

          Rather than take two lines to say that they were common Spanish phrases and explain what they meant (as if an explanation was necessary) 95 percent of the media just decided that it was another opportunity to trash Rafa Benitez again.

          Now if you don’t think that that’s Benitez’s nationality being used against him then you and I disagree entirely.

          • Yeah, if they wanted to bag him, they should have talked about the European champions currently being in 6th spot.

            Rafa comparing himself to a priest in any language is ridiculous, although Satan on the other hand….

  19. I read today that John W. Henry feels that it is wrong to criticise a manager who has clearly got to be the worst in the club’s recent history. This fills me with total confidence. Things will get a lot worse if this joker is allowed to continue.

  20. In crisis periods, which we are in on the playing side, calm heads and patience needs to prevail. It is obvious Roy Hodgson is not the right man for Liverpool, he really doesn’t understand our History and tradition and for reasons scribes and fans alike have noted, cannot motivate and set out the team to play as they should (champions or wannabe champions).
    But alas, we have Roy who can talk (& I don’t mean talk the talk) but in reality delivers absolute drivel both on and off the pitch. He’s a warm & fuzzy kinda guy who is a lovely fella and I can understand why NESV would accommodate RH, well spoken, knows more about football than all of them put together, well connected, people only say nice things about him etc. etc.
    There is however, one fundamental trait that will be highlighted after 10, 20, 60 or even 100 games. HE’s NOT A WINNER, far from it and if that’s what NESV claim to be, then confirmation needs to be had by actions sooner rather than later. I’m not concerned by waiting another 4, 5, 6 or even 10 years for our next title, but please give me someone who not only I & All the Liverpool fans can believe in, but more importantly the players can believe in. Naturally the players, staff & board need to back Roy for now, I just hope there is no real damage with the exodus of our best players in the interim. Top players can only stand losing so many times before they look at what they are going to achieve in that year, if it’s nothing, they will seek pastures anew. It’s the world of the modern footballer. Don’t get me wrong, there is no better club to play for and I believe the players feel the same way, but with ours and the Players expectations, Winning @ LFC is what counts, under Roy we don’t have that Winner.

    • I agree with what you say regarding NESV purporting to be winners so why are they sticking with Roy?

      One thing I can’t agree with is that he is a lovely fella! He publically slated a player, he has contstantly eroded the confidence of the young players, he called them the B team!? He’s constantly blaming Benitez, constantly alienating fans. I’m sorry but this facade he has as a lovely fella is crumbling. A lovely fella Roy isn’t!

  21. It seems it’s not only Hodgson thats coming out with stuff to alienate players and fans. I’ve just looked at the Daily Post to see John Henry saying that Hodgson should not be the scapegoat. I see what he is saying that the players need to step up too but, it’s Hodgson’s sit back tactics that are harming us, it’s his constant slating of players and digs at the young-uns (B-team), It’s lowering expectations! Lowering expectations??? this is Liverpool not bloddy Fulham!

    Henry also says that any investment may not be doable in January and the summer looks more likely. Does this man have no common sense? It may be too late by then. We may if we are lucky and don’t expect to win every game, like Roy tells us not to, finish 10th-14th, Who in their right mind is a) going to come and b) going to stay? These people need to wake up and smell the coffee and stop listening to Redknapp and Laurenson et al and get rid now.

    Gentlemen do not slate players in the media, and Liverpool managers do not lower expectations. Rafa told us last season he guarentees us a top 4 finish, that’s optimisim, what do we have now, nowt but pessamism at a time when we have new owners, still have our best players and still have the most passionate fans. I can see the latter two being eroded bit by bit!

    I am now officially depressed!

  22. Was I in the middle of a nightmare or did I hear him tell us that Stoke were too strong for us.
    The last idiot that said something like that was Graham Taylor when the Danes knocked England out of the Euro’s, he went on to be branded as a turnip. The board should have told him to just go home and send his stuff onto him, he is a disgrace.

  23. I have 2 questions:

    1. If the LFC squad was as bad as Roy claims, then as a matter of logic, why would Roy have come to LFC?
    Answer: He is just saying that to cover his backside as usual
    2. Why criticse an England player who you are going to sell, given that you have knocked millions off his sale price.
    Answer: Because you are trying to justify your hypothesis that the squad is poor.

  24. “I can’t get upset every time the fans chant someone’s name. Fans make their frustrations felt every time we lose a game – but unfortunately they may have to do that a few more times this season, because I can’t see us winning every game.”
    Can someone please remind this idiot that he is the manager of LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB and that his job is to win every game. If HE CANNOT SEE US WINNING EVERY GAME THEN MAYBE HE CAN SEE THE DOOR.

  25. “I can’t get upset every time the fans chant someone’s name. Fans make their frustrations felt every time we lose a game – but unfortunately they may have to do that a few more times this season, because I can’t see us winning every game.”
    Can someone please remind this idiot that he is the manager of LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB and that his job is to win every game. If HE CANNOT SEE US WINNING EVERY GAME THEN MAYBE HE CAN SEE THE DOOR.

  26. I will allow myself to get petty and criticize something that’s very Roy. Body language. I’ve rarely seen such defeatism and cowardliness in the manner of a coach. RH genuinely seems terrified of playing other teams and it reflects in how his body looks.

    Now, not for one moment do I presume to know what’s usually going on in his head, but here’s some prima facie evidence. Why on earth does RH wait till about ten to go before subbing? Why do we retreat and play deep on scoring (Blackburn almost screwed us in our win, Wigan were allowed to come back and so were Chelsea – to name but a few)?

    There are times when one’s play book gets trashed, an example being Rafa and Istanbul. Tinkering is the way forward. We now employ a man-to-man marking system where our men lose their targets more often than not! We’ve already established the viability of the Meireles-Lucas partnership but this is rarely used, as is Joe Cole’s loss on the flank.

    Come on. How much more evidence is needed to be rid of this guy. I won’t delve into the past and his comments. I think Roy is totally clueless on what being in Anfield means.

    The last one comes from Pacheco’s wish to leave. NESV is directly and openly pro-youth, as proved by Comolli’s appointment. Hodgson would rather replace Konchesky (29) for Insua (21, 22); Rod Fanni (29) for GJ (26), etc. I’m tired and fed up now.

    Roy must go and NOW!

  27. Again the word clueless is extremely fitting as a summary.

    Fair enough to Roy, he has tried his best, but surely even he will see that he is doing himself and the club no favours by hanging around

    Can’t blame the guy for trying, who wouldn’t wnat to porve critics wrong?

  28. Again the word clueless is extremely fitting as a summary.

    Fair enough to Roy, he has tried his best, but surely even he will see that he is doing himself and the club no favours by hanging around

    Can’t blame the guy for trying, who wouldn’t wnat to porve critics wrong?

  29. Can’t believe Royism “Well if someone wants to sack me, then they’ll have to pay me for my full three year contract first” is not in there!

  30. i have to agree with the whole article…seriously,i never fancy Roy to be our manager…after 13 games,we gained only 16 points…out of 39!Roy maybe proud of himselves if he is coaching Fulham but this is Liverpool Football Club..he makes me think of Rafa,i’m not a big fan of Rafa’s..last season was a disastrous season for us but i never wanted Rafa to leave unlike now..it really upset me when Roy criticises about Rafa’s signing..but ROY HODGSON has to bear in mind,those players who save the club and his job so far this season are Rafa’s signing(Pepe,Nando,Dirk,Krygiakos,Maxi,Ngog)..then what about Hodgson’s signing?Poulsen,yea,the worst LFC player i ever seen.Konchesky?sorry,in my opinion,Fabio is far far better than him…Raul?he played out of his best position,i dont blame him..Joe,those stupid defensive tactics limited his attacking role…i dont care if our club dont play attractive and entertaining football,all i wanted is my beloved club and players to enjoy themselves and enjoy playing for LFC and the KOP..Hodgson,if you cant lead us to glory,then pls walk away

  31. one thing that really surprise me is that Rooney saga…instead of keeping his mouth shut,Hodgson indirectly indicated that United can consider about our Nando..and those reports claiming Pepe wants out earlier,i wonder why Hodgson cant just do what Rafa used to do,straight away send warning to other team that our star players are not for sale…earlier this season,everyone said our players are not commited to the club,but Nando had to get the ball from the air and ran through opposition’s defenders and scored goals..all on his own!Hogdson criticize Glen,i admit Glen isn’t good at defending…if you are a manager and you know that your player isn’t good at defending,then why you arranged defensive jobs for him?last season,it’s really a joy when i watched Glen brought the ball into opposition’s penalty area and create chances for his teammates…but this season?i dont see that…
    our players are very commited to the club,to the fans but not to Hodgson..things have to change…

  32. Wow. Whoever wrote this “article” has no idea about football. Roy hodgson is a terrific manager and liked by the majority of people in football. Managers don’t just become bad over night because they’ve taken over at a club which used to be good. The current Liverpool first 11 is a joke.

    Held together by a good Spanish striker and scouse midfielder with too much civic pride to realise what is going on around him, they have become a small time club with 4th place the very best they can hope for. Yet the fans still live in this fantasy world where they think they should be challenging for the title and the champions league every season, dumbfounded when they finish in a more reflective position like 7th. So who do they blame? The manager of course. Who else could it be? Not the 25 world class players in their squad who would “walk in to any team” – yea, sure. Look at man united. A team in apparent decline. Bar gerrard and Torres, which Liverpool player would get In to their first 11? Not one.

    Liverpool fans seriously need to wake up and smell the coffee. You are not the powerhouse of English football you once were, and I highly doubt you will ever reach those echelons again.

  33. I’d hardly say United-Liverpool is the biggest derby on the calendar ahead of Inter-Milan or Lazio-Roma (cue long list of local, heated rivalries). It differs by country and locale, granted I give you it’s definitely one of the biggest in England (Everton – Liverpool comes to mind also). I’m a Chelsea supporter, but I give you that I am really baffled by Hodgson’s term so far. I quite liked him at Fulham and thought he did a very good job with an okay squad. He really isn’t squeezing the best out of your players like his did with Fulham, and I’m pretty puzzled by it honestly. Well, hopefully he figures something out, because I can’t comprehend why you’re sitting at the bottom. Well I know why, but you get what I mean. Should be up higher in title contention.

  34. Roy must go, he has no idea of how we should play and make the tactics work. Buying clueless stopcones as Poulsen and Konchesky is Royism too…

  35. Gordon Bennet. Don’t know wether to laugh or cry. Good young players – future stars of the world game – are queuing up to leave. I hope the new owners are getting good advice. If they don’t sack him someone should give him a memo with PTO written on both sides…

  36. Hodgson must go.

    I feel sorry for the guy but the whole situation is now ridiculous. Presumably the new owners are aware of the way the fans are feeling; John Henry might not understand football yet but presumably he has people who can tell him that it’s all gone Pete Tong at Anfield. Roll on the next candidate please (and let it be Frank Rijkaard.)

  37. Agree with most of your analysis. But I have to take issue with your final point about Fulham. While I agree Roy needs to stop talking about his “time” with them, I disagree with your point. Would any of Fulham’s players make it into our first team? Answer? Yes. I can name a certain target striker, who if not injured, would provide excellent support, backup, and much-needed REST for Torres. We cannot continue to rely on him as our only decent scoring option—with no reliable reserve– or else he will never be fit to play. I can also name a certain American, who while not without his faults, could partner Torres yet is versatile enough to play in the midfield (perhaps an actual solution to our lack of width and distribution into the box). While we do have quality players, it is absurd to think that we could not find a few reliable options on Fulham’s squad and seriously overestimates some of our starting eleven.

  38. right, and the damage to Torres the good work Kenny does with the kids beign lost in the first team..it just goes on & on..i only care about Lfc, when core supporters post THIS..and NESV choose to ignore us they risk problems to escalate, its more than just “writing on .the wall” its a challenge if Henry really cares about Reds supporters “partiicipation”? (or its just “lip servicse”)

  39. What are we waiting to sack this lowly rated coach? I feel embarrased to hear some of his uterances as a Liverpool coach. no respect for are great club nor the city. I just hope the owners are well informed of what to do. Liverpool is so big to end up below 4/5th positions in the table.

    Get us the coach with affection and deep love for the club and what we believe in.

  40. for me, what made Roy’s comments worse about Johnson is that he talked about how upset Paulson was about the fans not liking him.

  41. Radio5live just excited about the fest at the Emirates tomorrow, with
    Modric £16.8m
    Van der Vaart £8m
    Bale £10m
    Pavylencko £13.8m
    Defoe £15.8m
    Palacios £14m
    etc etc = totalling £221.5m
    Built on zero champions league money and a small stadium.

    Versus Fabregas, Chamakh, Van Persie, Arshavin, Nasri, Clichy, Sagna & Co.

    We have just Torres & Gerrard, and Capello has eliminated 50%.

    Conclusion, many of you didn’t spot at the time over the last 4 years that the Yanks were strangling the club and squad, blew all the champions league money.

    Hiddinck, Redknapp, Ferguson, Mourinho … would get no where with our current squad.

    Whilst we are at it, let’s blame Roy for Babel, Riera, Dossena, Pennant, Keane, Morientes & Aquilani.

  42. From memory, RH has not managed a premiership side to more than 58 points in a season – that’s Fulham or Blackburn. RB and his squad recently achieved 86 points and second place. The gap is more than a few steps up in class!

    I’d expect any incoming manager to be very flexible, adapt, learn and be ready to ‘go’ with what he finds. To recognise he is stepping up in class, and do his ‘homework’ on all the key players beforehand. Did you see anything like this in RH? So are your Roy-isms just the ‘tip of the iceberg’?

    You can gain 80 premiership points playing for away draws? Nope
    You can compete against the top teams without foreign internationals? Nope
    You have time to adopt your own styles and systems? Nope
    You will be given seasons to re-structure? Nope
    You already can copy & accept the RB team ‘plays’? Nope, in-match experiments instead
    You know from pre season videos how Torres delivers? Nope
    …And why Stevie G is best played in the middle of a ‘diamond’? Nope

    So LFC will deliver about a 60 point season total under RH. It doesn’t make him a bad manager, and if our ownership tustles had dragged on, he would be a safe pair of hands.

    Gaining about 60 points, and alienating many of the young continental players with an ‘English’ approach + formation that won’t easily transfer to their international squads…. won’t recommend LFC to attract more talent and won’t make for a good LFC season.

    It would make an excellent premiership season for Fulham though

  43. Dan.
    Me as a LFC fan, believe you are correct about some of the players:
    Hangeland is better than Srktel.
    Zamora. I’ve followed his entire career and he is class. Coaches who
    know him well say the guy is talented and a fighter. Birmingham fans
    state that Johnson/Dann had every striker in their pocket in 09/10,
    OTHER THAN Zamora who destroyed them home & away.
    Dempsey too inconsistent, like J.Cole and others; but better
    than Babel. Meireles is a class above Dempsey (would Dempsey
    get into the Portugese team … no).
    Duff good prem player.

    Nothing is black & white. LFC have some class players, but
    the yanks slowly starved the club over 3.5 years. So any
    mistake buys by Rafa/Roy, were devastating.
    Whereas Ferguson or Abramovich just went and spent more
    to cover for lemons.

    Instead of the vitriol on Roy, and the tedious Rafa to stay or go
    debate this time last year … remember the crooked owners
    caused it all, and wasted £150m of our money on finance costs
    rather than world-class players!

  44. Since when, coaching is blaming on players and taking credits from players? If murdering wasn’t illegal, you are the very first person who is gonna get a bullet shoving through your face.

  45. YOU F**Kin* idiot Rafa Benitez was a bad manager – a very bad one!!! How many players came through Liverpool’s youth system under the reign of Rafa Benitez. The Anwser: Zero. Don’t try telling me that Jay Spearing Counts, he’s no Gerrard, Fowler, Owen, McManaman. Spearing will be playing out his career in the championship. Rafa was the antithesis of Bill Shankly. Shanks would have been turning in his grave at the way Benitez treated his players like his bitches. At least Roy Hodgeson has some respect for his players. For Liverpool to become great again, we first of al need to get rid of Rafa’s dead weight. Crap like Lucas and N’gog do not deserve to be wearing the liverpool shirt.

  46. RE: Hodgson ‘sad’ to draw Man U

    More evidence of this man’s negative, defeatist attitude.
    It appears we are out of the FA Cup already in Hodgson’s eyes.
    What’s the point even turning up?

    If anybody reading this has links with the powers that be at LFC then please get this sad clown of a manager out sooner rather than later.

  47. I don’t wanna say bad things about Roy any longer. He’s not the worst manager out there, but he definitely wasn’t one for Liverpool. It was never going to work out, but he was hardly the ONLY thing that was wrong with LFC at the time. I do agree that we saw some of our darkest days under him – we were in 12th position around mid-season after all, but let’s not kid ourselves.

    Even King Kenny and Damien Comolli was a colossus of a failure given the amount of money that had been spent. Time to stop being bitter about Uncle Woy and look to the future.

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