Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hodgson: 'Sack Talks' A Thing Of Past Now

Roy Hodgson is confident Liverpool's new owners will not make any knee-jerk decisions regarding his future as manager. The former Fulham boss has experienced a difficult start to his Anfield tenure and has already been faced with rumours that his job is on the line. Sunday's 2-1 home success over Blackburn Rovers was Liverpool's first win in eight matches and just a second in the Premier League this season. The result was not enough to lift the Reds out of the bottom three, but Hodgson's side are only two points from a spot in the top half of the table. Prior to the victory against Blackburn, there had been speculation that Hodgson had just two games to save his job, but he does not believe New England Sports Ventures (NESV) will react to the rumours. Top sportspeople "Mass media talk these days says 'Lose two games and let's sack the coach and start all over again'," he said after the win. "I divorce myself from all of that, it is not something I feel among the players or the staff. "I'm not certain the people here (NESV) have that type of mindset, they are top sportspeople. "They took over the Boston Red Sox, who weren't doing very well, and turned them into a champion team." A number of NESV representatives were in the crowd to see the win, although principal owner John W Henry remained in the United States because of illness. He added: "There were a lot of people here from the organisation here so I'm pretty sure his (Henry's) phone was buzzing and he'll be pretty happy with the performance."

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