Liverpool start the new year seeking a new manager. Although Roy Hodgson has not yet been sacked, for the first time since taking over, Fenway Sports Group have admitted that they would be receptive to changing manager should the right candidate become available. Only until that moment can Hodgson cling onto the Anfield hot-seat.
Throughout the season Liverpool fans have been chanting the name of Kenny Dalglish as the team have laboured to defeat after defeat, whilst the more mischievous will acknowledge Rafa Benitez’s availability having been sacked by Internazionale. Other candidates who are as yet contracted to their clubs include Owen Coyle at Bolton Wanderers, Didier Deschamps and Porto’s Andre Vilas Boas, according to The Guardian.
Roy won’t quit.
Roy Hodgson remains stoical despite the intense pressure facing him. As Liverpool fans chant for Kenny Dalglish and Rafa Benitez, and the owners openly contemplate changing manager should the right candidate become available, the former Fulham manager told reporters that he would not quit the Liverpool post having worked so hard throughout his career to earn the right to manage a top team.
“It has taken me a long while to get to this elevated position coaching one of the best clubs in Europe,” he told skysports.com. “I was very pleased to get the job – I left a very good job to take it – so the last thing on my mind is walking away from a club like this.”
Bolton team news.
The only certainty going into the visit of Bolton is the fallibility of Roy Hodgson’s position as Liverpool manager. Indeed the manager sitting in the dugout next to him, Owen Coyle, is already being tipped to become Liverpool’s next manager should Liverpool’s owners be able to tempt Bolton to make him available.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Liverpool will name a squad similar to that which was defeated by Wolves so catastrophically, hindered by the continued absence of Jamie Carragher and Jay Spearing. The issue is whether Hodgson will make changes to the side, although the indications are that he will stick with the same line-up.