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Alan Green: Nice guys like Roy Hodgson don’t make winners

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it said a thousand times this season: “but Roy Hodgson is such a gentleman.”

It may be true but it’s also irrelevant: it doesn’t make Hodgson fit to manage Liverpool.

Unusually for Hodgson’s teams away from home, Liverpool were remarkably positive in approach during the first half at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Had they led two or even three-nil at half time it wouldn’t have flattered them but Fernando Torres and Maxi Rodriguez both missed chances they should have taken.

However, in the second half, Liverpool reverted to type (away from Anfield) and couldn’t hold off Spurs’ revival.

The coach chose to blame his players afterwards, particularly the inability to cut out a routine cross for Aaron Lennon’s late winner. Should that be ‘Paul Konchesky’s inability’? The player Hodgson signed?

Liverpool have always been patient with their managers and Hodgson may yet prove me wrong but I wouldn’t trust him to spend the new owners’ money in January never mind next summer.

Acknowledge the mistaken appointment and move on.

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