With a Champions League quarter-final looming ominously on the horizon for Liverpool, you could be forgiven for thinking that tomorrow afternoon’s trip to Selhurst Park presents nothing more than a minor inconvenience for the Reds. Clearly, if this particular piece is anything to go by, they are taking it far more seriously than that.
Whilst I’m sure plenty of you already remember, Roy Hodgson spent six mainly unhappy months in charge at Anfield more than half a decade ago; a stint that has left a deep and lasting mark on the souls of many Liverpool fans. From the outside looking in, it’s a tad baffling to think that they still have a bee in their collective bonnets over his time in the dugout but as you can see from the article attached above, the sense of frustration many felt over his methods remains as fresh as ever.
There is a school of thought which suggests that Roy works best when in charge of clubs or countries whose ambitions are modest rather than grand, preferring to drill down on team shape, clean sheets and the quest for victories from week to week rather than embracing a specific style or philosophy. With that in mind, it’s not difficult to see why he failed to light a fire underneath the backsides of the Reds faithful, who revel in the glories of yesteryear and enjoy having a manager on board who plans for future successes rather than focussing on the here and now.
That said, the generally derogatory tone of the aforementioned piece goes over the top in terms of both its personal attacks on Hodgson and the general lack of respect it pays towards his tactical subtlety. Yes, they were left cold by his methods whilst in charge but to write off a man’s entire career as a direct consequence of a six-month spell at a club which failed to gel with his coaching is as short-sighted as it is insulting.
As a club who love nothing more than to draw attention to their storied history in European competitions, I’m stunned that the overwhelmingly calm and measured personality of Roy Hodgson has got The Anfield Wrap so worked up just days before a Champions League quarter-final. The man himself hasn’t even spoken ill of Liverpool in the press this week and yet, they’ve chosen to take pot-shots at his character over things that happened more then seven years ago.
It’s all very odd.