Liverpool Fans Are Obsessed With Roy Hodgson & It Makes No Sense

0 Posted by - March 30, 2018 - News

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.

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8 Comments

  • RoyK March 30, 2018 - 9:52 am Reply

    It’s all very odd for you, as an outsider. For us, those 6 months were an eternity. I don’t have anything bad to say about any of Liverpool’s alumni, with the exception of 2. Owen, for obvious reasons. And Hodgson, for the torture he put us through. From hobnobbing with the enemy, SAF to making cringe worthy statements like praising a Europa league win against a minnow. I agree, Liverpool’s supporters shouldn’t live in delusion of the past and all; but to brand a routine win as an exemplary one was baffling. So we’re many other statements, as well as the players he brought!

    No body managed to alienate so many in such less time. Ok, El Hadji Diouf comes to mind, but that’s it.

    • admin March 30, 2018 - 9:54 am Reply

      I don’t have any real issues with feelings of apathy towards him, Roy. I’m just baffled at the potency of the hatred in that article after so long.

  • TonyN March 30, 2018 - 9:52 am Reply

    When you look at how we reacted to Pards and other former managers (looking at you Freedman and Dowie) it is not surprising. I still react badly to Steve Bruce for the way he left us but guess all managers run the risk of upsetting fans. There’s not many Stevie Coppells! We all take managers into our hearts and managers can collectively break them either by actions or words. The love affair with super Al reminded me of previous relationships that went terribly wrong with the bitterness that has carried through.

  • Cusack March 30, 2018 - 10:06 am Reply

    When Anybody apologises to bacon face for taking the job of managing Liverpool Fc, then says to the supporters
    Liverpool are a mid table team now!!! He’s going to be Hated yes it’s that bad. We didn’t need a sad owl like
    Idiot to put the club down, positivity is the key to managing anything, but to run a Great club down whilst taking
    Hard earned money from supporters then slag the club. He’s a twit(to woo)

    • admin March 30, 2018 - 10:08 am Reply

      It’s the desperation to rip him apart after more than half a decade that stuns me, Cusack.

  • ee signing March 30, 2018 - 11:42 am Reply

    I got this from an article on a another Liverpool fansite (this is Anfield) and he actually wanted revenge on Hodgson. I know not for what exactly. He may not have been right for THEM . I get that . But hatred. Oh well each to his own

  • Steve. March 30, 2018 - 4:12 pm Reply

    What a despicable piece of writing…how bitter and twisted are they ? They really are up their own backsides. Even more of a reason to put one over on those feisty scouser scallywags tomorrow.
    COYP

  • Kevin O'Brien March 30, 2018 - 8:03 pm Reply

    I wasn’t that much bothered about this game until I read that piece. Now I desperately want another Crystanbul or Villa Park or Stevie’s last game. Really rub their long ball noses in the Selhurst dirt lol.

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