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Mixed Feelings……

Its now been a couple of weeks since the appointment of Roy Hodgson as Liverpool manager and normally I would have written a blog sooner following a major development such as this, but the truth is I have struggled to find inspiration to actually put some words down on paper. Should I really be feeling like this when a new chapter in our famous history is beginning? What was I really expecting from the club in its current predicament? Hiddink or Mourinho? In the end the appointment wasn’t really a surprise after all the speculation following Rafa’s departure but even when it became fact I didn’t feel excited at all by the news. Looking at this realistically (as I always try to do) the club was never in a position to appoint a ‘high profile’ manager with a similar CV to that of our outgoing manager and what our club deserves and has come to expect. But with no money, no Champions League and a huge debt issue the reality of the next managerial appointment was always going to be someone of the standing of Roy Hodgson. Lets be clear before I carry on this is not a blog with the intention of ‘slagging off’ Roy Hodgson I am just trying to explain how I feel about the recent events at our club. Roy Hodgson has proved to be a very good manager during his career and I have a lot of respect for him but winning league trophies in Sweden and Denmark are not usually the credentials the club look for in becoming manager of Liverpool FC. Granted he has done fantastic things with Fulham and deserves all of the praise that goes with it but being manager of Liverpool FC is a different prospect altogether and I am worried he might not be up to the job. All that being said he is now our manager and with every manager there has been since I started supporting the club (Paisley through to Benitez) I have always backed them and my position today remains the same. In a way I do feel sorry for him. He has arrived when the club has no direction because of the current owners and he is left to try and satisfy and keep the likes of Torres, Gerrard and any other player that has been linked with a move away from the club knowing full well he will have very limited funds to replace (if they can be replaced) those that do leave. I also think the reason for me feeling this way is down to the fact that I still can’t believe the club have let a manager with the qualities of Rafa go AND to the the European champions at that! Sometimes I hope that its all a bad dream and that Rafa is still our manager but unfortunately a bad dream it is not. Despite me not wanting Rafa to leave, Liverpool FC now has a new manager in Roy Hodgson and I sincerely wish him all the best and really hope he can bring some stability to the club. Whilst in charge he will have my support but for the moment it will not stop me from having mixed feelings about his appointment. Y.N.W.A

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Too Blind to See it……

Posted by Spencer | Posted in Liverpool FC | Posted on 18-10-2010

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Another game ANOTHER defeat….

It seems after re-reading them, my recent blogs have had a depressive and negative feel to them but in all honesty that is how I have been feeling whilst writing them and yesterdays result did nothing to help this but only contributed in making it worse.

After the euphoria of finally being free of Hicks and Gillette and now in the hands of what we all hope are good stable owners with the best interests of the club at heart, I think we were all hoping that these feelings would transmit towards the players and manager alike ready for the Merseyside derby on Sunday. Unfortunately this did not happen on any front….

Although the sale of the club was as important as anything to happen in its recent history I believe that we have used this as an excuse to take our eyes off the team and its current predicament in the league.  That is in no way wanting to patronize fellow reds because the events of last week did require our attention but in the same time the events of last week would never have, in my opinion, made any difference to the problems that are currently being faced on the pitch. When I tweeted these concerns last week I received a lot of comments saying that players and the manager alike will now be able to play with confidence and free of worry and this would be shown against Everton. I was never going to be convinced by this argument. My previous blog ‘Results not Excuses’ was based on the theory that the problems upstairs were not the fundamental reason for the problems on the pitch and I still stand by this view.

The performance on Sunday was as predictable as the Liberal Democrats selling out their principles for a taste of power. No passion, no imagination, no commitment, no flare and no idea. Sadly this isn’t new and has been the standard all season (Arsenal apart) and it was never going to be any different. We have finally had a change of ownership and it is now in my opinion time to change our manager. I never like talking and now in this modern age, writing such views about any Liverpool manager as this is not our way but we are in serious danger of being cut adrift at the wrong end of the table if things don’t change sooner rather than later.

Robbie Fowler stated yesterday on Sky that Leeds were a much better team than the current Liverpool side and they still went down so lets not kid ourselves about the situation we are currently in.

Unfortunately our current manager continues to see things differently. His post match comments after the game on Sunday were quite staggering. ‘This was the best we played all season and we were unlucky to lose” “I was pleased with the 2nd half performance and thought we totally dominated them”. Now if he had quite simply said that the performance was not good enough or expected from any Liverpool team then I would have had some respect for him but to come out with what he did just confirmed what I had already thought – Roy Hodgson is simply not good enough for our club.

Any non-English manager would have now been sacked on the back of the worse Liverpool start to the season for 57 years but we are faced with a situation where we have a manager who is loved by the media managing a team that is not and they (media) are finding it very difficult to balance their views and reporting as a result. Most sections of the media (Sky mainly) continue to blame Rafa Benitez for the current performances and it is quite staggering the ‘facts’ they reel out. He has left a squad that is the poorest ever at Liverpool (whilst forgetting the Souness era and the end of Houllier’s run), he is responsible for the debt the club had, he spent millions of pounds (whilst forgetting he recouped est 80% in sales) etc etc. What they don’t comment on is that he also won the Champions League, FA Cup, Super Cup, reached another Champions League final, 3 CL semi finals in total, Carling Cup final and a record points tally of any post league winning Liverpool manager. Not bad really…

However whilst the media continue to blame Rafa for the current performances and ignore the facts, they need to understand it is Roy that picks the team and sends them out to play the way HE wants them too.

As a passionate fan I do not want to see any Liverpool manager sacked but at this time of new ownership that gives us glimmers of hope, the Liverpool board need to be strong and make the right decision because I want to see my Liverpool team play with passion and commitment and also start to play football again. I want to start writing and talking again about the positives of our great club as that is far more enjoyable but until the required changes are made then my blogs will continue in this fashion. The players are quite clear in their views of the manager by the way they are going about their jobs on the pitch and in particular the body language so Mr Henry please do that right thing and change the manager before its too late.

Unlike the media we as Liverpool fans are not too blind to see it……….

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