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Only Time Will Tell……

Roy Hodgson has been in is job for little over a month now and at the time of his appointment I wrote ‘Mixed Feelings’ (see previous blog) which explained my views and emotions at that time. I tried to explain about how I wasn’t as excited as I should be by his appointment but as Liverpool manager I would be giving him my full support as I would do with any manager. I have to admit so far I have been impressed with the way he has conducted himself with the players and media and following our first competitive game this season, the way he has backed our youngsters by giving them a chance to prove themselves in the first team. He has also made some good positive signings with Joe Cole on a free being the stand out one. After a conversation I had on Twitter recently I wanted however to raise with Liverpool fans what true expectations we all have for the forth coming season. One particular fan confirmed to me that he was expecting Liverpool to be challenging for the title and maybe win the FA Cup and that the Europa league wasn’t important. This was in response to me highlighting that the Europa League was a trophy (even though a somewhat annoying distraction) that Liverpool were capable of winning with their current squad, but prior to the game I was concerned about where the goals would come from and if in fact we were capable of winning that particular game with the team Roy Hodgson had available. (Of course my fears were short lived and we went on to win the game.) However the response I had on Twitter got me thinking about whether winning the Premier League this season is a realistic expectation and if not what is? Those of you that read my blogs on a regular basis know that I try to have a balanced and realistic view on events surrounding our club be it on or off the pitch, however winning the Premier League this coming season is in my opinion is one thing sadly I don’t think will happen. Some fans will jump on that statement and say that I am being too negative and that I am not fully supporting the club. Those of you that know me know that is just not the case. One thing being a Liverpool supporter for over 30 years has taught me is to be passionate yes but also the need to be realistic too. So why don’t I believe we can win the league this year? The main reasons for this are in my opinion quite obvious – we lack quality and depth to our squad and that together with the obvious lack of money available in the transfer market, is there for all to see. Last season we saw that when we had injuries to key players such as Gerrard, Torres, Agger, Johnson we didn’t have similar quality to come in. The lack of striker cover was an issue (and still is) with no direct replacement for Torres. So when Torres was injured for large parts of last season it fell to David Ngog to take on the responsibility of scoring the goals. In fairness to Ngog this was always going to be too much of a responsibility for him but as main cover  and the second ‘preferred’ striker to Torres he was and in my opinion still is never going to be good enough. I am not trying to solely pick Ngog as the main reason but am merely trying to highlight the above point. As things stand we cannot compete with the likes of Man Utd, Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal and now Spurs who all seem to  have at least 2 quality players for each position. This is a luxury that Liverpool at present cannot afford but you don’t need me to point that out. So is it then realistic for Liverpool fans to expect the team to be challenging for the league title knowing all of this? Yes we can dream and hope that come May 2011 we are challenging for the title but surely we also have to be realistic don’t we? With the news today that a Chinese consortium have put a serious offer in to buy the club this may change everything but until (if) that happens then the best I am hoping for this season is a good solid run in the Europa League and a 4th spot finish in the Premier League. But with almost everything only time will tell………. YNWA

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Mixed Feelings……

Posted by Spencer | Posted in Liverpool FC | Posted on 13-07-2010

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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

Comments (3)

Good and well reasoned – and sadly money is probably one of the main factors involved in the decision.
Unlike many fans of other teams I take no joy in the suffering of other clubs, I am old enough to remember Spurs being one day from shutting up shop, and to be honest, I want to play Liverpool, Man U, Arsenal every year.

My view – he is there for two years to get stability, see what happens with the owners, and try and get back to 4th.

Will he manage it, time will tell.
Will he get time, no I don’t think so sadly.

Thanks for your comments. I have to say it’s refreshing to hear a fan from another team make a good a fair assessment of a rival club.

I agree with what you have said and you are right money is the issue here along with how the club is being run generally.

Realistically 4th is going to be tough to get this season and it depends on us keeping our best players and if Hodgson can use the money from any sales for replacements.

Will he be given time – I agree with you probably not. Once new owners come in then I would say they would expect a high profile manager to be in charge.

Thanks again for reading and making a comment.

Your comments are pretty much spot on for me.

Just want new owners out asap.

Jamie

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