I have written before on the subject of Roy Hodgson. I have written about the reasons I would miss him after he left Fulham. When he was fired by Liverpool, I wrote about how he was unfairly treated. More recently I wrote about why he should be the next England manager.
And now I’m going to write about him again. It’s possible I will cover old ground (a pitfall of obsession) but yesterday’s victory for West Brom against Liverpool is worthy of recognition. With the latest twist in the title battle dominating yesterday’s headlines, that Hodgson stood in the gaze of the Kop for the first time since Liverpool fans called for Kenny Dalglish to replace him and that upon his return he led the Baggies to victory, and the gloom at Anfield grew darker, feels overlooked.
Hodgson’s record in his six months at Anfield was poor, there’s no getting away from that. In his 34 games in charge, he won 13, drew 9 and lost 12. That’s a win percentage of 38.2 per cent. In the league, Hodgson took charge of 20 games – he won seven, drew four and lost nine – a win percentage of 35 per cent. ‘This is Liverpool’ we were told, ‘a club with a right to sit at the top table’ it was inferred – ‘this isn’t good enough’ the Anfield hierarchy declared, and with that he was sacked.
Dalglish came in and since taking over this is how he has fared: In the 76 games he has been in charge