Hodgson needs time
Posted 25th October 2010
Unless your name is Jose Mourinho, a coach's first season in charge of a club is never easy, something Roy Hodgson should know very well by now with this being his fifteenth job in football management. You inherit a squad of players, some of whom may still be loyal to the previous regime. You haven't yet earned the fans' trust and they will inevitably make comparisons between yourself and the departed manager, and your new transfer policy may take some adapting to.
But having overseen just two wins from his first nine games, elimination from the League Cup against League Two opposition, and losses against three of his biggest rivals, patience is understandably wearing thin. Sadly for Hodgson, the modern world of football management is a results-driven business and he is simply not producing enough positive ones. But he is no quitter as he revealed after Liverpool's match against Napoli last Thursday.
"Resignation has never once entered my thoughts and never will. I'm here for the long haul. I came here believing I can help Liverpool rebuild. The players are behind everything we're doing," he said.
And nor should he be feeling self-doubt, you don't become a bad manager overnight. After all, just this summer he was named as favourite to succeed Fabio Capello as manager of the national team, mainly based on his endeavours at Fulham. Note also, that of the four Premier League games he has lost this season, three of them have been away from Anfield – against the riches of Manchester City, versus Manchester United at Old Trafford, and last week in a typically fiery Merseyside derby - none of which could be described as "embarrassing" and the Betfair Football odds suggested they'd struggle in all three games.
Put simply, he needs more time, and should be given it – but if the new owners do want to make a change, they need to do it sooner rather than later. January will provide Hodgson his first chance to comprehensively tailor his squad to the style of football he was brought to Anfield in the hope of producing, and if he lasts that long then he must be allowed to continue for the next few seasons in order to fully implement his vision. Only then can we judge Roy's efforts, because until now, he's been cooking in someone else's kitchen.
Meanwhile, many people make Hull City betting tips for relegation this season as they continue to struggle.
The side still have financial difficulties after slipping out of the Premier League last term, and a takeover could be in the offing.