Hodgson unsurprisingly out – Kenny Dalglish inBy: Rob | January 8th, 2011
Roy Hodgson has finally ended his bad half-season in charge of Liverpool leaving the club “By mutual consent”. He’s been replaced by Kenny Dalglish, the former Liverpool player and manager, who was trying to get himself into the frame for the job in the summer.
Roy has had a torrid time of it at Liverpool – partly self inflicted, partly doomed from the very start. He was of course appointed in the dying days of the Tom Hicks and George Gillett owndership, which allowed him little money to rebuild from the start, but the signings he did made were shakey, or in the case of Raul Merelies played hopelessly out of position.
Liverpool’s support is so passionate, perhaps more overtly so than any other side in the league* and Hodgson’s calmer more tactical way of addressing the media and fans and habit of never upsetting anyone meant he never could feel the supporters embrace.
Kenny Dalglish of course knows exactly how to press the buttons of the Liverpool support, but nonetheless this can’t be a great move. Sure, Kenny has won many league titles, and managed a stylish Liverpool to some in the 80s, but he’s spent so long out of the top level, and look at his most recent appointments – disasters at Celtic and Newcastle.
From where I’m sitting he’s only going to risk his reputation with the Liverpool supporters. He is only managing them to the end of the season, and will at least get the supporters back onside. But Liverpool can’t afford to keep him longer than that, and it’ll be interesting to see who takes the reigns up at the end of the year.
*I’m not saying that other fans care less about their clubs for a second.