Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Clemence upset by Hodgson critics

Ray Clemence

Liverpool legend Ray Clemence believes it is "sad" that Roy Hodgson's managerial qualities are under scrutiny after just three months in charge.

The Reds fans chanted the name of ex-boss Kenny Dalglish during Sunday's 2-1 home defeat by Blackpool which left their side in the bottom three of the Barclays Premier League. Clemence believes the situation will not change significantly until the Tom Hicks-George Gillett ownership position is sorted out.

The former England keeper said: "I can't believe after two to three months that people are questioning the man (Hodgson). He has managed and coached at the highest level. He got Switzerland to over achieve with his organisation and tactical knowledge."

He added: "He has coached in different places in Europe. He made Fulham into an excellent side, took them to a situation they've never been in their history.

"Why wouldn't he be the person to be given the opportunity at Liverpool? But he is in a situation which is not ideal by a long stretch of the imagination at the moment."

Clemence added: "I am sure Roy knows better than I do the changes that need to be made there but his hands appeared to be tied at this moment and will be until Christmas.

"Until the get the club sorted out in terms of who is going to own it, where the money is going to come from, then it is going to be a difficult three or four months.

"The problem is that the fans are confused as well. They've been having a go at the top people for so long, the top people still don't appear to want to move, so where do they go now? We'll have a go at the manager.

"It is sad because Liverpool fans over the years have been, and are in mind, are still the most loyal when you consider the number of managers over the years compared to other clubs.

"The man should be given a chance and three months is no time at all to make the changes that need to be made."

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