I’m not walking alone, says Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson
Under-pressure Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson insists the backing he has had from the players and within the club itself makes up for his lack of support outside it.
Liverpool are now only three points above the relegation zone, where they spent a short spell earlier this season, and Hodgson knows it is likely to get worse before it gets better for him in terms of the situation with the fans.
Until it does, he accepts the criticism will continue to come his way.
“I have been lucky the support I have had has been from the players and within the club,” he said. “I haven't had a lot of support from the fans ever since I came here.
“The fans have not been happy with what they have seen in the whole of 2010 and since I came here we have not won enough games to keep them happy.
“That is understandable in the sense that they were hoping when I came here the latter part of last season would be forgotten and we would start flying again.
“That hasn't happened and as a result, as manager, you are the one in the firing line, but of course it doesn't make the job easier because it makes the players more nervous.
“I can only say as a manager you have to understand that fans care for their club and want it to do well and when it is not doing well they voice their disapproval. That is the way of football today.
“When you take on any job, especially a big job like this one, and results don't go the way people want — especially when you lose games at home — you are going to be a target for disapproval.
“I have to accept that and try to keep doing my job and try to improve things for the club and hoping that the results turn around.
“It is a vicious circle and in order to break it we have to start playing well and winning matches because if we don't they are going to reserve their support until such time as we can do it.”
Despite the criticism coming his way, Hodgson is adamant he is the man to lead the club forward and suggested the players have to take some responsibility for the latest debacle.
Having had nearly three weeks without competitive action because of weather postponements the team could not complain about fatigue.
However, their lack of cohesion against Wolves could well have been down to that period of inactivity, although the Reds boss pointed out it was quality which was lacking.
“I think all bad results knock everyone's confidence but I think I can look [myself] in the mirror,” said Hodgson.
“I am trying the best I can do. When I think about it had I chosen a different team which did not have a midfield of Dirk Kuyt, Lucas Leiva, Steven Gerrard and Raul Meireles, with Fernando Torres and David Ngog up front, I don't think things would have been different.”