Roy Hodgson Blames Ownership Change, Two Bad Results for Liverpool Sacking


February 15, 2011

Roy Hodgson spent just 37 days without a job, after being sacked by Liverpool in January and hired as West Bromwich Albion manager on Monday.

Now, Hodgson has finally spoken out about his time at Anfield, praising the club, but admitting that he was "wounded" by the experience, according to Daily Mail.

"I didn't feel drained but you do feel wounded. I have had a very good spell in my career and it's a long time since I have had a very serious knock-back so, when it comes, it wounds you.

"You wouldn't be human if it didn't but it hasn't dented any confidence or belief. But I can't lie and say it didn't hurt me, or I didn't care, because, of course, I care.

"I care very passionately about my job and I care about football and I have had an awful lot of praise.

"So, when you get the opposite, it's not something you particularly embrace, but, if you've got half a brain, you accept that as being part of the job or par for the course.

"It's not what you want but I have nothing negative at all to say about my time at Liverpool. The players were excellent and the staff were excellent and it would have been a magnificent time if we'd won more matches but we didn't win them," he remarked.

Hodgson, in fact, believes that a couple of poor results — likely those against Newcastle, Wolves and Blackburn in December and January, as well as the change in ownership, were the principal causes of his demise.

"The people who wanted me at Liverpool didn't last too long. The people who employed me didn't stay for too long," he explained.

"The new owners found themselves in a difficult situation because we weren't winning enough games and the fans were making it perfectly clear they wanted me gone and somebody else in.

"To be fair to them, they were in a very difficult situation. I can't for one minute suggest I was wanted at Liverpool.

"We were doing quite well at one stage but then got two bad results but that is the league this year," Hodgson added. "If we had won those two, which under normal circumstances we could quite possibly have done, we would have been in the top five or six and been alright – but we lost them."'

"But that was on the back of a lot of other things and you just have to accept that these things happen to you in football," he concluded.

Hodgson, who believes his time at The Hawthorns will be successful given the similarities between West Brom and Fulham, surely has his work to do. The Baggies are in 17th place, tied on points with 18th-place Wigan with 12 matches left in the season.

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