Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson was appointed manager on July 1st 2010. He would leave The Reds almost over six months later being the sole manager in 50 years never to win a trophy with the club.

Under the ownership of Tom Hicks and George Gillett things had gone from bad to worse and having sacked Rafa Benitez, the acting chairman Martin Broughton wanted to bring in a manager who would be a safe pair of hands as the club was going through a selling process.

Not everyone’s first choice Hodgson had just taken Fulham to the Uefa Cup final finishing runners up to Athletico Madrid beating the likes of Juventus on the way. However the step up was proving to be difficult for Roy and the talk of how many years experience he had was not going to cut it with the Liverpool fans.

Talking up the opposition, criticising past managers, even the fans no less, wasn’t the brightest of ways to endear yourself to a set of supporters who have always had a special relationship with their managers in the past. However, defeat to Northampton in the League Cup at home was humiliating enough but the press conference that followed where Hodgson lambasted the players did little for morale.

Losses to Blackpool at home, Everton and Manchester United away gave the impression that Roy was struggling at a time where the internal structure was an absolute shambles.

That face rub at Newcastle coupled with defeats at home to Wolves and away to Blackburn eventually did for Roy.

An ex- manager was on a cruise ship on the other side of the world when the owners gave him an SOS to rescue the season which was turning into a Liverpool nightmare. Step forward King Kenny…