Roy Hodgson spoke out against an insidious smear campaign he believes is being carried out against him by some websites which jeopardises his future at Anfield. Hodgson was quick to dismiss rumours floating around cyberspace that he had been involved in fights with Fernando Torres and that he had fell out with the rest of his backroom staff.
“There are web-sites that, frankly, write the most ridiculous things. It’s sad people write the most ridiculous things like I’m having fights with Fernando Torres or others,” he told the Daily Mirror. “Someone told me yesterday a website had me falling out with the rest of the staff – now they have me resigning.
“There isn’t an iota of truth in any of that and I think you saw the proof of that in Napoli, if you wanted any.” In fact, he made the point of shaking the hand of his backroom staff following the 0-0 Europa League draw in Naples to further scotch the rumours.
Gerrard and Carragher believe in manager.
With internet rumours and fan pressure regarding his future building, Roy Hodgson can rest assured that he has two important dressing-room allies at Anfield.
Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher are understood by the Daily Mail to have conducted talks with their teammates urging them to give the experienced manager until at least Christmas before judging him. Hodgson himself remains faithful in his ability to turn things around at Anfield. “I would agree that I am the right man to put it right,” he said. “After three-and-a-half months I haven’t suddenly become someone who has lost all confidence in himself.”
Jovanovic praises fans.
Milan Jovanovic praised Liverpool’s special support and said that they are the reason that Liverpool can extricate themselves from the mess that they are currently in. Although he has endured a difficult personal start to his Liverpool career, and has recently been quoted as pining for life back at Standard Liege, in an interview with Liverpool’s official Matchday Programme, Jovanovic was in a more positive mood.
“Nothing can really compare to this because Liverpool is a special club,” he said. “The fans here are very understanding and I have been encouraged by their support. At other clubs, when the form is bad they can start to criticise but here they seem to try and help you even more.”