Hodgson “divorced” from mass media talk

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Anfield Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers (2-1) Premier League 24/10/2010 Roy Hodgson remains tense as Liverpool hold on to win Photo: Roger Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson says he has “divorced” himself from the mass media’s talk of him being sacked by the club.

After a torrid start to the season, the pressure on Hodgson was lifted only slightly yesterday as Liverpool beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 at Anfield.

But some fans and media are still calling for Hodgson to go – especially with fresh change in the board room after New England Sports Ventures’ £300million takeover of the club.

The former Fulham boss, however, is ignoring speculation. He says, ”Mass media talk these days says ‘Lose two games and let’s sack the coach and start all over again’. I divorce myself from all of that, it is not something I feel among the players or the staff.

”I’m not certain the people here [NESV] have that type of mindset, they are top sportspeople. They took over the Boston Red Sox, who weren’t doing very well, and turned them into a champion team.”

Asked if he thought the new owners were happy with what they saw in their first game at Anfield on Sunday, Hodgson added, ”There were a lot of people here from the organisation here so I’m pretty sure his [John Henry’s] phone was buzzing and he’ll be pretty happy with the performance.”

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