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Hodgson named Liverpool boss

2010-07-01 10:54

London - Fulham boss Roy Hodgson was named on Thursday as the new manager of Liverpool, signing a three-year contract on Merseyside, the Premier League club said.

"The 62-year-old former Fulham, Inter Milan and Switzerland manager has agreed terms with the club on a three-year contract and becomes the 18th manager in our history," the club said in a statement.

Hodgson takes over from Rafael Benitez, who quit Anfield last month after a disappointing season saw them finish seventh in the table.

He began his management duties as early as Thursday by overseeing the first day of pre-season training at the club's Melwood training ground.

"This is the biggest job in club football and I'm honoured to be taking on the role of manager of Britain's most successful football club," said Hodgson.

Manager of the year Hodgson joins Liverpool after a successful spell at Fulham, guiding their Premier League rivals to the final of the Europa Cup in May.

"The club have made a good appointment in Roy Hodgson," said club captain Steven Gerrard.

"Rafa (Benitez) left a few weeks ago and I know the club were determined to take their time and get the right man for the job," the 30-year-old told Liverpoolfc.tv.

"Roy is hugely experienced and I believe he is the right man for Liverpool.

"I think it's been worth the wait and I'm sure he's just keen now to get on with it and start to quickly put in place his plans for the new season."

Hodgson was Liverpool's first choice despite a host of other names being mentioned and media reports said it cost Liverpool two million pounds to win the release of the Englishman from his contract at Craven Cottage.

Former Liverpool stars also welcomed the appointment and hoped for a new era of stability and success at the club.

"The club needs a steadying influence and Roy will provide that," said former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson.

"He's done a fantastic job at Fulham and has a wealth of experience having managed all over Europe.

Former Reds striker John Aldridge said Hodgson would "fit the bill perfectly" at Anfield and win the respect of the squad.

"His experience is exceptional, his CV is very good and the likes of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher will be delighted to have Roy in charge," he told Sky Sports News TV channel.

Hodgson, named by his fellow league managers as manager of the year, had been linked with England after their disappointing World Cup campaign under Fabio Capello, but negotiations were already at an advanced stage with the Merseysiders who moved to close the deal with speed.

His first task at his new club will be to persuade the likes of Gerrard and star striker Fernando Torres that they can have a successful future under his tenure.

The pair, along with Argentinian midfielder Javier Mascherano, are the three big names who have all been linked with moves away this summer, although the uncertainty over who would be manager and the ongoing sale by co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett have led to speculation there could be a mass exodus.

Hodgson has less than a month to get to know his players and prepare them for a Europa League third qualifying round first-leg tie on July 29.

He is at least familiar with the prospect, having guided Fulham from that starting point all the way to the final this season, eventually losing to Atletico Madrid.

The former Switzerland manager then has to begin the task of strengthening a squad which is severely lacking strength in depth.

However, with the club in debt to the tune of 350 million pounds, he will be severely restricted in terms of spending power.

Even so his priority is to find a left-back, as Emiliano Insua is the only specialist in the first-team squad, and much-needed support for Torres in attack.

AFP

Comments
  • Collin - 2010-07-01 11:29

    Well it cannot get any worse than last year so good luck to Liverpool.Maybe with the new manager and shirt sponsor(Standard Charter) on board their luck will change.

  • Shankly's Kin - 2010-07-01 11:44

    Welcome to Anfield Mr Hodgson. Hope this will be a success. I respect the CV and now that he is in the job, he has my backing. Hopefully he can get the best out of Babel and manage to talk Torres, as well as Gerrard out of leaving. Best of luck Roy. YNWA

  • REALITY - 2010-07-01 12:18

    The EPL without foreigners are just pretty ordinary....England has just proven that. If Pool want to do well....get rid of all the English players

  • Adam - 2010-07-01 12:44

    Maybe now they will be worthy challengers to Man United. All the best Roy, and bring out the bestfrom those wankers in your squad!

  • LFC - 2010-07-01 13:41

    Good Luck Mr Hodgson - noted for taking teams from zero's to hero's - not that LFC were zero's but we were dissapointing last season. This season under Hodgson we will be the dark horses - time and games will tell. Cmon Mr Hodgson not asking you to win the league or anything just start by getting us some trophy's or two.

  • @Shankly's Kin - 2010-07-01 13:43

    yawn* yawn* after their awfull swc performance i would not waste my time watching the EPL, Gerrard, Rooney and the rest of the England side are all overpaid wankers

  • T - 2010-07-01 13:47

    What a job, first on your agenda will be to sell Steven Gerard and Torres in order to minimize club debt. With some of that money you will buy some of your ex-players to come to Anfield, that's all you can afford. Finally, with that squad you will be expected to qualify for the Champion's League, while the likes of ManCity and Spurs have quality sides to compete in the league. Good luck, you are going to need it!!!

  • TRUE Red - 2010-07-01 13:55

    What Shankly's Kin said - good luck Roy, you gonna need it ! I fear that as long as the yanks hold out for their price, we will be in trouble. They already saying he has only 15 mil to spend - how they hell are we going to compete with the new Big 4, as well as City & Villa with that kind of small pocket money ? Let's hope the big boys like Stevie, El Nino & Masch decide to stay - if not, ALL proceeds from their sales must be given to Roy to find similar quality replacements. YNWA mate, and whilst I would have preferred King Kenny back, I'm glad we going back to an experienced British manager !

  • Hilton H - 2010-07-01 16:05

    Congrats to all Liverpool supporters on the appointment of Roy Hodgson, it's just unfortunate that he's only a Europa League specialist ..... oh...... wait...... that's what sort of manager you need this season !

  • Never Walk Alone - 2010-07-02 08:20

    Not sure about this appointment - but I suppose taking in the financial situation at LFC - this is the best we could afford at present. Hope Hodgson is able to get the club back up to its former glory - otherwise this could turn out to be another managerial flop !!

  • Shankly's Kin - 2010-07-02 11:08

    Come on guys. We all wanted Kenny to take the job. But Hodgson has been appointed. We have to get behind him. It helps if he knows he’s got the fans backing. I’m sure 90% of the fans have got his back. It’s the Liverpool way. The guy has got vast experience. According to reports, his man management skills are great, and if those are to believed then he’ll get the best out of the squad we have. He doesn’t have much choice with the poor excuse we have for a transfer budget. Other teams have a war chest. Roy has been given a fanny pack. Just hope he can talk Torres, Gerrard and Masch from leaving (though won’t really be too sad if Masch leaves – he’s not entirely irreplaceable). This is going to be a crazy season. Have no idea how it’s going to pan out. Judging by Roy’s CV, we could get the jubilance of a cup and a top four finish (Inter), the heart ache of mid table mediocrity (Fulham), or the tears of relegation (nearly did it to Blackburn but got sacked). I seriously hope the last bit doesn’t happen, but it is a possibility if the owners and the board continues with their crap. You’ll Never Walk Alone lads. Either way, we have to stick it out. It’s our team.

  • Never Walk Alone - 2010-07-03 08:24

    @Shankly's Kin - I dont feel very confident about LFC future with this appointment - and to top it off the f%$#@g Yanks are still there ! Hodgson may have "something" in his managerial reportoire - but I am not convinced that he is the right person to take Liverpool to winning ways. But given the clubs financial restraints we have maybe got the "best" of what we can afford in the managerial market. Granted he has done "wonders" with smaller clubs, - albeit at second tier football competition, but for the big league I have my doubts ! Not sure if I will be able to handle watching another season of Liverpool mediocrity - so it may be LaLiga or Bundaslige that gets my tv remote working !! Shite - hope I am proved wrong though !

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