He took them to 19th in the table, adored their rivals and bought Paul Konchesky, Liverpool fans shouldn't give Roy Hodgson an easy ride when West Brom come to Anfield this weekend...
Roy Hodgson returns to Anfield this weekend, for the first time since his reign of terror at Liverpool was brought to an abrupt halt last January. There’s been much made of whether or not the wobbly-joweled West Brom gaffer will get a good reception from the reds’ fans who, in many people’s eyes, were partly responsible for getting him the sack in the first place.
Kenny Dalglish has claimed that Hodgson will ‘receive a warm welcome’ at his old stomping ground, but the man himself is not so sure. “There is no reason to give me a good reception because they didn't like me when I was there. I can't see they are going to like me now” claimed Hodgson, which is just about the first correct thing he has ever said in relation to Liverpool Football Club.
Some Liverpool fans can bring themselves to accept the heinous brand of football that Hodgson stamped on the team during his time at Anfield, Some have come to terms with signing Paul Konchesky and others have even got over the ’35 years in management’ line which was trotted out every time we got stuffed by lack-lustre opposition. What was most difficult to stomach, and the real reason that Liverpool fans turned on Woy, was the bizarre contempt he showed both the club and fans with from the day he arrived.
What was most difficult to stomach, and the real reason that Liverpool fans turned on Woy, was the bizarre contempt he showed both the club and fans with from the day he arrived.
His proud proclamation of friendship with Alex Ferguson, his description of a derby defeat which saw his side slump to 19th in the table as ‘the best we have played in my time here’, and claiming that Liverpool supporters weren’t helping him by voicing their dissent were the real reasons we didn’t like Roy Hodgson. It became a two way street, in the end, and the chants of ‘Dalglish’ and ‘Hodgson For England’ after the Wolves defeat were widely publicised, but they had been a long time coming.
I honestly believe that Dalglish is wrong on this one, and Roy won’t get a warm reception on Sunday, and nor should he. There won’t be malice from the Liverpool fans, as there wasn’t during his time at manager, but we shouldn’t be expected to get all dewy-eyed and nostalgic about a man who took his position at the club for granted.
His departure from Liverpool prompted him to claim that "It is no secret I wasn't perceived by a lot of people as the manager they wanted at Liverpool, they wanted someone else.” Another rare moment of clarity from the wacky, old codger.
Roy Hodgson wasn’t the man for Liverpool, and Liverpool were certainly not the club for Roy Hodgson. England however, now that could be funny.
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