Liverpool have announced that Roy Hodgson has left the club by ‘mutual consent’, The Guardian reports. Hodgson’s position on Merseyside has long since been under pressure, but with a turn of good results in late October through November, and the takeover of the club by Fenway Sports Group, for a spell things looked more positive.
Liverpool’s new owners grew increasingly concerned as Liverpool posted abject defeats against Wolves and Blackburn. As soon as they admitted to looking for a new manager, should the right man be made available, Hodgson was on borrowed time. John W. Henry described the decision as being: “In the best interests of the club.
“We are grateful to Roy’s efforts over the past six months, but both parties thought it in the best interests of the club that he stand down from his position as team manager.”
Roy wishes well.
Roy Hodgson spoke magnanimously in The Guardian as he stepped down from his position as Liverpool manager. He recognised that the past few months of his post had been amongst the most difficult of his life, but still found the time to wish Liverpool and his eventual predecessor well for the future.
Hodgson, PFA Manager of the Year as recently as last May, said: “Being asked to manage Liverpool Football Club was a great privilege.” He added: “I am very sad not to have been able to put my stamp on the squad, to be given time to bring new players into the club this transfer window.”
Even though he has suffered a tempestuous relationship with Liverpool’s supporters, he thanked them for their support. “Your passion and dedication to the club will see Liverpool at the top of the game once more,” he said.
For the short term at least, Liverpool fans have their wish. Kop icon Kenny Dalglish will take temporary charge of Liverpool, starting with tomorrow’s FA Cup third round trip to Manchester United, as Fenway Sports Group begin the search for a new manager in earnest.
John W. Henry was equally as delighted as the fans that Dalglish obliged to take charge once more. “Kenny was not just a legendary footballer; he was a third of our most successful three managers – three giants. We are extraordinarily fortunate and grateful he has decided to step in during the middle of the season,” the Daily Telegraph quoted.