It has been reported today that Liverpool will make a formal approach for Roy Hodgson within the next 48 hours. However, is he the man Liverpool fans want to see take charge of their club next season?
According to a shortlist drawn up by Kenny Dalglish and Christian Purslow, the Fulham boss appears to be the front-runner to take charge of the famous Merseyside club, following the departure of Rafa Benitez this past week.
Hodgson has a rolling one-year contract at Craven Cottage which was negotiated at the completion of this season’s campaign. Although, significantly, his contract contains a clause which will allow the 62-year-old to depart the club and join a top one for a compensation figure of approximately £2.5 million.
Hodgson has kept quiet and has so far made no indication that he will be leaving the London outfit this summer. Liverpool have also pin-pointed Bayern Munich’s manager Louis Van Gaal as another possible target. However, Dalglish and Purslow will have difficulty trying to prise the Dutch man away from the German side this summer. Nonetheless, Hodgson has been identified as the main target.
Hodgson has worked wonders for Fulham in the past 3 years since his appointment in 2007. Hodgson has moulded the London based club into a side that are hard to break down and beat. The 62-year-old also led his side to an historic UEFA Europa league cup final last month, but sadly lost the tie in extra time against Spanish side Atletico Madrid 2-1.
There is no doubt in any football fans mind that the Fulham boss knows how to manage a team. Hodgson is a fantastic manager who has a vast knowledge of the game and bags experience in abundance. He has managed several teams around Europe as well as several nations which include the likes of, Switzerland, Inter Milan, Copenhagen and Udinese.
Taking this all into consideration, would Hodgson be the ideal candidate for the job or are there better options available? More importantly, is he the man to turn things around at the club, and persuade big stars like Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres into staying at Anfield next season? The Liverpool faithful will be divided if the English manager were to take charge next season.
The fact is Liverpool will need a manager sooner rather than later in order to sort out the problems that have rocked the club this season. They will need a manager who has seen and done it all, and Hodgson appears to be the man for the job in many fans eyes.
However, a majority of the Liverpool fans will feel that whoever does take charge of the club next season, will not be able to help resurrect the clubs dramatic downfall that has transpired this year. This however remains to be seen.
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