Hodgson must face the music
There has been nothing pleasing about Hodgson’s regime at Liverpool. In fact, nothing average. It’s all been disastrous. He has broken many records, records which put Liverpool in a very bad light. This season, it has been all embarrassment at the finest British football club in history.
A few of Hodgson’s inenviable records include:
1) First loss to Stoke in 26 years
2) First loss to Blackpool since 1967
3) Second ever loss to Wolves at home in 60 years
4) Worst winning percentage for a Liverpool manager since 1959 at 41.38%
5) First ever loss in Liverpool’s 118 year history to fourth division opponent (Northampton Town)
6 months in the job and he has proven he is not up to the task. Since I started following Liverpool I cannot recall a negative goal difference as we approach the halfway mark of the season. I cannot recall us being 12th in the table after 18 games, with only 22 points, and a points/game of 1.22.
If anyone bothered to study Fulham 09/10 and the current Liverpool 10/11, the similarities are glaring. In Hodgson’s Fulham last season, they had a ratio of W12D10L16. Currently, Liverpool have a ratio of W6D4L8. Multiply that by two, and it’s very close as to what you get at Fulham last season.
And from that I can predict we’re already headed for a draw against Bolton the next game.
Hodgson’s faith in his own ability is disturbing. After 35 years in management, what has he frankly got to show for? 2 losses in Europa League Finals, and a small ‘LMA Manager of the Year’ title. Yet he still believes he is the man primed with leading Liverpool’s revival, and refuses to throw in the towel.
Polls running on Liverpool fan sites showed that 98% of fans want Hodgson sacked now. The wisdom of crowds don’t fail, and this is an overwhelming majority we’re talking about. It’s not 70%, nor 80%, it’s 98%.
The man is baffling. After a mini myriad of wins, he suggested Liverpool were ‘right up there’, when they were in fact lying 11th based on a six game run of form. He said protests against the former owners didn’t help – we did it for the good of the club and you must be a hell lot thankful that NESV are now in charge.
More baffles. His side put in a display which made Wolves look like world beaters on Wednesday night. Yet after the game, he was at it, criticising the supporters for the lack of support, and then proceeding to criticise Kenny Dalglish, a club legend. The fans have all right to voice their own opinions after what was arguably the worst performance of the season.
These are just the few of the major errors he has committed. Add to that more contradictions, a betrayal to the club’s young supporters by promising to play Torres, the failure to implement pass and move, a wide variety of serious misjudgements, and you can perhaps see why just no one welcomes him at Anfield any longer.
Liverpool is the greatest football club in England, and the world. It should not be allowed to be ruined by a man with no tactical nous. He has demonstrated a complete lack of understanding on ‘The Liverpool Way’, and has showed time and again he is completely out of sync with the fans. He fails to embrace the ethos, the tradition of the club, which the fans hold so close and dear to their hearts.
For as long as Hodgson stays, he is not going to do Liverpool good. With each passing day, the club is getting torn into shreds. I cannot relate to this Liverpool side today, devoid of any creativity, invention and inspiration.
With Hodgson’s mentality, we are just slipping into the deeper depths of the Premier League table. We’re struggling to swim, to stay afloat. This cannot continue. Even the most staunch supporters cannot find a reason to back Hodgson any more. His 6 months at Anfield has done Liverpool all harm, no good.
With this, I urge the owners to remove Roy Hodgson from his position as Liverpool manager with immediate effect, and give the fans some festive cheer ahead of the New Year.