Saturday, 8th January 2011 

Liverpool have brought the unhappy reign of Roy Hodgson to an end by sacking the former Fulham manager. Although the decision has been announced as mutual consent, there is little doubt Hodgson has been pushed out.

Hodgson has been walking a tightrope since he assumed control at Anfield, and his situation only worsened when the club was taken over by New England Sports Ventures. The 63-year-old led Liverpool to nine defeats in the Premier League this season as they remained mired in mid-table.

Defeat at Blackburn this week, with Liverpool losing 3-1 in another lacklustre away performance, was the final straw for the club – although a decision to eventually dispense with Hodgson’s services is thought to have been taken after the home defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Hodgson alienated vast sections of Liverpool fans with a series of baffling press statements and, in truth, never recovered. He was expected to lead Liverpool into their meeting with Man Utd tomorrow and his sacking now is some surprise. Kenny Dalglish, the club legend and current ambassador, will take over until a replacement is found.


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