Wednesday, 15 December 2010
After yet another defeat away from home Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has come out fighting, stating his firm belief that no-one else could do better given the circumstances surrounding the Merseyside club.
Despite pre-season expectations of a top four spot the Reds currently lie ninth in the Premier League - nine points off the Champions League places - and have won just one game away from home, the fourth worst record in the division.
Hodgson made the move to Merseyside in the summer while previous owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett were battling to keep control of the club. During that time the prohibitive debts they had piled onto the Reds during the initial takeover were becoming harder to maintain.
Because of that Hodgson feels he has had one arm tied behind his back on the transfer front and believes an urgent cash-injection is needed in order for the club to progress He also worryingly believes that he “can't do more than I am doing….. I can't work harder, I can't work better."
While I agree things haven’t been exactly easy since the 63-year-old made the move from Fulham, Hicks and Gillett were slowly paralysing the club after all, it can’t be denied he has made a less than convincing start.
Signings like Paul Konchesky and Christian Poulsen have failed to set the world alight while poor away form is something that follows Hodgson around. Out of 82 Away fixtures in the Premier League with Blackburn, Fulham and now Liverpool Hodgson has been on the winning side on just 13 occasions. A 16% win ratio is simply not good enough for a club with top four aspirations.
And if this is Hodgson at his best how are things going to improve?
The fans are already starting to get a bit restless and despite new owners NESV pledging their support of the 63-year-old you do wonder how long their patience will last. The events of the past week have demonstrated how trigger happy rich owners can be in the Premier League.
Liverpool now face a busy run of six games in 21 days ahead of a date at Old Trafford in the FA Cup on January 9th. If Liverpool’s woes spill over into the New Year and their old rivals dump them out of the cup, time could rapidly run out for Roy Hodgson.