Reports claim today that new Liverpool owners NESV have delivered their ultimate ultimatum. They have given Roy Hodgson 3 games to save his job and turn round Liverpool’s season. If not, he’s gone. And they’ve already got a replacement.
It seems that Frank Rijkaard is the man for this job. The former Barcelona manager has been tipped as the ideal replacement at Anfield, with a legendary career as a player and manager, and with a wealth of Champions League experience. Can he turn Liverpool around, and do the same job he did in La Liga as he did in the Premiership?
Under the influence of Damian Comolli, it is thought that Liverpool want a Continental management structure, with Rijkaard at the head of this model. It is this reason which apparently puts Rijkaard ahead of second favourite Martin O’Neill.
Liverpool’s next three fixtures against Aston Villa, Newcastle and Fulham seem winnable games to the old Liverpool, but this is the new Liverpool, a much shakier proposition under Hodgson and one that has seemed lacklustre and without creativity when needed. As the current boss runs out of time, the writing is on the wall.
Should Roy just get out now? Or hang around for his pay off? And would Rijkaard even make that much difference?
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