Saturday, November 6, 2010

Henry: Hodgson Staying At Liverpool

Liverpool co-owner John Henry says that Roy Hodgson 's job is not in jeopardy for now. Ever since New England Sports Ventures took over the Reds last month there has been speculation that the former Fulham and Inter Milan boss may be a casualty with the new regime. The Reds have made a poor start to the season under him, though a recent revival has seen them win their last three games at home and abroad ahead of Sunday's welcoming of Premier League champions Chelsea to Anfield. However, there are still plenty of dissenting voices as to whether Hodgson is the right man to take the club forward, and to whether he can lure the right sort of player to Anfield, given the lack of approval with some of his summer signings. "He certainly is at this point," Henry was quoted as saying by Sky Sports News when asked if Hogdson is the man he sees continuing in the Liverpool hotseat. "But I cannot make any assurances about the future. Just two months ago I didn't know that much about English football but we tend to stay with our managers. "Roy didn't focus this team so I think he has been unfairly criticised this year so I see it as my role at this point to support in every way I can, and make sure he has the resources to accomplish what he wants to accomplish. He's our manager, he's not going to leave - there is no change that is imminent." Henry also added that he did not consult with Hodgson about the appointment of Damien Comolli as the club's new director of football strategy on Wednesday, however he does expect the manager and the new man to work well alongside each other. "I really didn't talk that much with Roy over the week or so before we made the decision to bring Damien in," he added. "I think he may have been surprised when I brought it up a couple of days before we brought in Damien. But he was fully supportive. " The model really requires people of certain personalities for it to work and Roy and Damien are two personalities who will mesh well together."

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