October 17, 2019, 04:53:24 AM

Author Topic: Roy's 'apology' to Rafa  (Read 1052 times)

Clem

  • Guest
Roy's 'apology' to Rafa
« on: November 04, 2010, 05:38:48 PM »
sorry if this should be in the Roy Hodgson thread, but this article from Football 365 was really interesting (I nicked it from RAWK).  Thought you might all enjoy it:

Although there is an obvious logic in under-pressure Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson drawing attention to the deficiencies of the previous Anfield incumbent, prolonging the recent war of words with Rafael Benitez will only serve to undermine his own position.

Judge me after ten league games, said Hodgson after Liverpool's disappointing start to the season. Ten games in and Liverpool are 13th, 13 points off top spot and considerably closer to the drop zone. No wonder Hodgson has seen fit to place the blame for Liverpool's ultimately depressing season squarely on his predecessor's shoulders - particularly in a week when he will meet the club's new owners for talks on the future.

Hodgson's reaction is a natural one - but he is treading a fine line. Although he may well have some pertinent points to make about the previous managerial regime, complaining about them ad nauseum can only carry you so far. Hodgson has to be careful about the message he is trying to peddle - as he is in danger at times of sounding defeatist. He may have inherited a difficult position at a club in crisis, but he got the position on the basis that he would be able to make a change. With new owners watching very closely, Hodgson cannot afford to give the impression that he cannot cope.

Hodgson also has to be mindful that many Liverpool fans still revere Rafael Benitez and have been underwhelmed by the club's choice of successor. Hodgson's carping about Benitez always runs the risk of raising their heckles at a delicate time. He must also be mindful that his criticism will only draw a scathing and potentially damaging reaction from Benitez. Many will argue that the Spaniard should be focusing on Inter Milan, but he nevertheless has the right to respond to Hodgson's barbs. Benitez, despite his exit, enjoyed some notable successes at Anfield and in his overall career to date, so Hodgson would do well to avoid any slanging match that ends with fans and media focusing on a comparison of managerial records.

In a related point, Hodgson should also be aware that drawing attention to the contentious issue of Benitez's record in the transfer market is a dangerous game for a manager who has spent the guts of £10million on Paul Konchesky and Christian Poulsen.

So, having instigated the spat for his own ends, Hodgson would do well to see that it ends here. Benitez may well be casting a shadow over Hodgson's position at Anfield, but in the end, NESV and John Henry are not in a position to sack the Spaniard.

Offline Juan

  • Veteran
  • *****
  • Posts: 2366
    • View Profile
Re: Roy's 'apology' to Rafa
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2010, 10:21:59 PM »
Good read and all valid relevant points.

Offline Gurdeep

  • Established
  • ****
  • Posts: 841
  • Gurdeep
    • View Profile
Re: Roy's 'apology' to Rafa
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2010, 07:08:38 AM »
We've a nobhead for a manager! 

Just put a sock in it Woy.  Every friggin' time you open your mouth you spout off some bull kaka that does YOU or the club no favours.

Pathetic, just bloody pathetic!

It's only when you see a mosquito landing on your testicles that you realize that there is always a way to solve a problem without using violence.!

Offline Tes

  • Too old to be a
  • Veteran
  • *****
  • Posts: 10196
  • I hate defending
    • View Profile
Re: Roy's 'apology' to Rafa
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2010, 01:37:13 AM »
We've a nobhead for a manager! 

Just put a sock in it Woy.  Every friggin' time you open your mouth you spout off some bull kaka that does YOU or the club no favours.

Pathetic, just bloody pathetic!

Seeing as who appointed him (the ownership at least), if we took the Roy Hodgson mask off we'd find George Dubya Bush underneath.
Don't make the same mistake twice, there's plenty of new ones to choose from.

Those who choose to preach would do well to take note of their own sermons.