Hodgson apologises to Benitez

July 01, 2010 - Liverpool, England - epa02232103 Roy Hodgson is unveiled as the new manager of Liverpool FC during a press conference at Anfield in Liverpool, Britain, 01 July 2010. The 62-year-old agreed to leave his job in charge at Fulham and signed a three-year contract, replacing Rafael Benitez, who left the Premier League club last month.

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has apologised to his predecessor Rafa Benitez after comments made regarding Benitez’s spending whilst at Anfield.

Hodgson criticised the Spaniard in an interview last week, saying Benitez had signed a number of “expensive failures”, prompting an angry response from the now Inter Milan coach ahead of Inter’s 3-1 defeat to Tottenham in the Champions League.

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Benitez told press, “With £10m net spending, I left that squad with £300m value, 13 internationals. So, instead of talking about flips and flops, he has to concentrate on his job, try to do his best and not talk about the level of his players or the new players.

Hodgson now considers the matter closed, telling press at today’s press conference ahead of Thursday’s Europa League tie with Napoli, “I totally agree with him that every manager needs to work with his own club, and if I upset him by saying something which I certainly didn’t mean to be in any way critical or negative about his work at the club, then I would happily apologise.

“There was never any intention on my part to do that. As far as I’m concerned, I work at Liverpool and do my best for them. and he will work at Inter and do his best for them.

“I’ve got no comments to make about other people’s opinions or comments. I’ll allow them to make them and in this case I’ll accept them if that’s what they want to be.”