Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Hodgson arrives at training

Roy Hodgson
Roy Hodgson

Under-pressure Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson arrived at the club's Melwood training ground on Friday morning to continue preparations for Sunday's FA Cup tie at Manchester United.

The 63-year-old's position has become the subject of intense speculation following Wednesday's 3-1 defeat to Blackburn - their ninth in the Barclays Premier League this season.

However, with heavy snow falling, Hodgson drove into Melwood at 9.40am past a couple of television cameras and photographers.

The gates of the training ground were immediately closed but reopened once Hodgson had walked the short distance from his car to the building, where most of his players were already housed having already arrived earlier.

Liverpool's owners New England Sports Ventures have reportedly been looking at their possible options for a managerial change for over a week now.

They had intended to see out the season with Hodgson before reassessing the situation but recent results - defeats to Rovers and Wolves - and the deteriorating relationship with fans and associated falling attendances have apparently prompted a rethink.

But, having survived the immediate aftermath of the embarrassment at Ewood Park it seems Hodgson will still be in charge for Sunday's FA Cup tie against their arch-rivals.

Should Liverpool lose that it will leave them with just the Europa League to play for as they suffered a humiliating Carling Cup exit to League Two Northampton and are well off the pace for a top-four finish.

Liverpool later cancelled Hodgson's press conference less than an hour and 45 minutes before it was scheduled to take place.

That at least spared the 63-year-old from having to face a barrage of questions about his position. But in an attempt to calm speculation about Hodgson's future that the cancellation may have prompted the club stated an interview with the manager, talking about the weekend's game, would be posted on their website and broadcast on Liverpool's in-house television channel.

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