Roy Hodgson has today left Liverpool Football Club by mutual consent, with former manager and legend Kenny Dalglish taking over the Anfield hot seat.
In a week full of rumours about Hodgson’s future, it may come as a surprise that the news was announced today – just 24 hours before Liverpool are due to play Manchester Utd in the FA Cup at Old Trafford.
Club owner John Henry announced the news on Saturday lunchtime saying that both the club and Hodgson believed it best for the 63 year old to stand down.
In a statement on the club’s official web site, Hodgson said, “I have found the last few months some of the most challenging of my career.
“I am very sad not to have been able to put my stamp on the squad, to be given the time to bring new players into the club in this transfer window and to have been able to be part of the rebuilding process at Liverpool.”
Dalglish will take over Hodgson’s role with immediate effect, being put in charge of the team until the end of the season.
Liverpool fans will be hoping the news brings a big morale boost to the club and players, with Dalglish a popular figure amongst the staff and young players coming through.
Henry said on Dalglish’s appointment, “Kenny was not just a legendary footballer, he was the third of our three most successful managers – three giants.
“We are extraordinarily fortunate and grateful that he has decided to step in during the middle of this season.”
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