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I was warned about joining Liverpool – I know what went wrong and had surprise reaction to getting sacked



Roy Hodgson has spoken out on his brief stint as Liverpool manager back in the 2010/11 season.

Roy Hodgson has admitted he was warned about taking over as Liverpool manager.

The former England boss replaced Rafa Benitez in the summer of 2010 following a successful stint at Fulham. However, he was sacked in January 2011 after an underwhelming reign following FSG’s takeover of the club the previous October.

While doomed owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett owned the club at the time of his arrival, by this point Martin Broughton had been brought in as Chairman with a view to helping sell the club.

And Hodgson admits that both Broughton and managing director Christian Purslow warned him about the expected changes at the club following his appointment.

“Liverpool’s a fantastic football club and it’s a real honour to be invited to be the manager of Liverpool,” he told TNT Sports. “It came after the success with Fulham so I suppose that’s why they went for me.

“I didn’t probably get invited to be the manager of the club at the best possible time because of the ownership change. It wasn’t a situation where the club was as stable as it now is because of the ownership change.

“To be fair to Martin Broughton, who was handling the takeover with Christian Purslow, they did both make it clear we’re in charge and we’re making the appointment now but there’s a new group coming in, you might not find it quite so easy.”

Meanwhile, Hodgson concedes he didn’t win enough games to keep his job as Liverpool manager. However, he had no issues with his playing squad at the time, and admits getting sacked by the Reds was easy enough to bounce back from.

“Of course, the problem was that we started badly,” he said. “We didn’t win enough games and as a result, for Liverpool, we were down in mid-table and even below mid-table.

“Unfortunately you don’t survive that, especially when Kenny (Daliglish) was in the wings ready to take over. My dismissal there was one that I took more sanguinely than the Blackburn one.

“It only hurt in the sense that I was disappointed that if I could’ve come in here with a slightly different possibility to change things, transfer window [with] a bit of money to spend and more time with the players.

“But all managers say that. But the players were fine, I’ve got no real criticism there. They did the best they could do to help me out by trying to do what we were planning to do but we lost games and that’s something you can’t do as a football manager. You can’t lose games.”

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