Writer: Andrew Joyce
Date:Sunday July 4 2010
Interestingly, with Liverpool supporters seeing the appointment of Roy Hodgson as something of a salvation, the word from the Cottage is that it could be a job too far.
With Liverpool and Hodgson the talk of the Sunday tabloids, one of those aforementioned tabloids carries some very juicy talk about Roy`s credentials to do the job, with the following quotes attributed to a senior player at Craven Cottage,
"I`m not entirely sure this is the right move for Roy."
"He`s a lovely bloke and I wish him all the success in the world but I suspect he might have taken on more than he can handle going to Liverpool."
"He loathes confrontation and can`t handle egos and troublesome personalities."
"He certainly bit off more than he could chew with Jimmy Bullard at Fulham, so can you imagine him dealing with players at Liverpool like Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Fernando Torres who have enormous power in and out of the dressing room?"
"He can also be rigid and inflexible as well. Certain players hit a bad run of form at Fulham but Roy refused to make changes even though their defensive performances on the field were deteriorating."
Now who would say such a thing about (Sir) Roy?
Anyone care to hazard a guess?
But it gets better; the paper carries further quotes, attributed to a second player which go on to say,
"Roy likes to surround himself with a certain type of player. Foreign players are less likely to come and smash down the manager`s door complaining about not playing."
"He doesn`t want troublemakers at the club, he wants players who are happy to sit patiently biding their time waiting to play."
"If there are problems he will promise you the world, fail to deliver but leave his coaching staff to deal with the fall-out."
"Personally I think he has made a big mistake going to Liverpool."
"Steve McClaren is a good example of what can happen when you step out of your comfort zone. Didn`t he lead Middlesbrough to a major European Final.?"
"Look what happened to him when he left and took over England. It`s a big gamble."
Two dissenters in the old Hodgson camp!
Surely there can`t possibly be a third?
But there is with a senior club source also doubting Roy will be a success in the pressure-cooker that is Liverpool football Club, commenting,
"You can get away with a certain style of football at a club like Fulham but that won`t be tolerated at Liverpool."
"Perhaps senior figures at Liverpool and the supporters want a more settled team after the way Rafa Benitez rotated the squad."
"But Roy has a certain way of playing and sticks to it. Perhaps he will adopt a more flexible tactical approach but he showed no sign of doing that at Fulham."
"He also has to contend wit a very unstable environment, co-owners at each others throats and very demanding supporters who have been starved of success in recent years."
"At Fulham Roy could manage without pressure but he won`t have the same luxury at Liverpool."
"And I`m not sure how he will deal with Kenny Dalglish who clearly wanted the job ahead of him."
Wow! With friends like these at his former club who needs enemies!
Vital Fulham on:
Vital Fulham on:
Date:Sunday July 4 2010
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