Roy Hodgson is a name Liverpool fans will want to forget in a hurry.
Liverpool are a household name for any Premier League fan who knows a bit about the history of the competition and those clubs who have ruled the roost since its earliest incarnation. Until the turn of the century, anyhow. Excluding, of course, the Champions League victory.
That was a bit special, wasn’t it?
Now, we’d like to say that we didn’t know where it all went so wrong for the Reds – the mystery and illusion of an unexplained collapse would make for far better conversation material with distant relatives, friends, random acquaintances, and any such small-talk situations we find ourselves in. But we do.
Indeed, the lowest point in the clubs history can be pinpointed right around July 1, 2010. The day Roy Hodgson, formerly of Fulham, became Liverpool manager.
“This is the biggest job in club football and I’m honoured to be taking on Britain’s most successful football club,” Hodgson revealed to the club’s website (via BBC Sport).
Unfortunately, or fortunately, the former England manager was doomed to fail when he arrived at Anfield, before even implementing his somewhat incompatible tactics.
Liverpool were embroiled in a number of financial problems thanks to debts accumulated by Tom Hicks and George Gillet, and as such the transfer dealings were, shall we say, less than desirable. Negotiations had already gone ahead to introduce the likes of Milan Jovanovic, Jonjo Shelvey and Danny Wilson, without consulting Hodgson. Needless to say, they were pretty awful signings. The Englishman did have a hand in bringing over 28-year-old Joe Cole and Christian Poulsen, however – alongside Paul Konchesky, Brad Jones and Raul Meireles. Again, not the best.
The football wasn’t too good either, was it?
Just one win in the opening either league fixtures, which included a home defeat against Blackpool (yes, Blackpool) and shockers against rivals Manchester United and Everton. Liverpool sat in 19th in the table.
Usually we’d say things can only get better. And usually they do. But in the Roy Hodgson era nothing, and we mean nothing, went right. A defeat against League Two minnows Northampton Town in the League Cup would attest to that. Losses against Stoke and Newcastle would soon follow, before Wolves left Anfield victorious just after Christmas.
Blackburn hammered the final nail in a Hodgson shaped coffin, and he was eventually sacked just six months into his tenancy on January 5, 2011.
Hodgson would go on to manage West Bromwich Albion briefly before inheriting the England job from Fabio Capello. Six years in charge of the national team typically consisted of qualification masterclasses and tournament flops; a tenure that was pretty well summarised by the 2-1 defeat the hands of Iceland in 2016.
Hodgson now manages a fairly average Crystal Palace side and has probably contributed more to Liverpool this season by beating Manchester City, than he did the whole tenure as coach.
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