Dalglish Bears Brunt Of West Brom Revival
Although he may never publicly admit it, Roy Hodgson must have relished West Brom’s victory over Liverpool more than any other this season.
The Baggies’ surge up the table shows what we already knew – that Hodgson is a good manager despite the things that went disastrously wrong at Liverpool.
Eyebrows might have been raised when previous manager Roberto Di Matteo was sacked and replaced by the Englishman, but considering the position the Baggies are in now, they will feely wholly justified in making the decision at such a crucial stage of the season.
There’s no doubt Hodgson’s short-term reign at Anfield was an ill-fated one. But it was doomed from the start.
The fans clearly didn’t want him in the first place and the feeling of discontent filtered on to the pitch, giving an average squad he inherited the excuse to perform even more miserably.
The clear refusal by most supporters to recognise Rafael Benitez’s role in the decline of Liverpool didn’t help as they clung to the hope that the Spaniard would still be in the job or he would, at the very least, be succeeded by former great Kenny Dalglish.
Hodgson was appointed at the worst possible time and his job of turning around the mess Benitez left along with Hicks and Gillet was made even tougher by being heavily undermined.
With Dalglish on standby ready to step in and answer the calls from the Kop, there was only one way Hodgson’s time in the Liverpool hotseat would end.
The bottom line is the results weren’t good enough but Hodgson was given a thankless task.
There won’t be many Liverpool fans who’ll miss him – but plenty will be cursing him after he masterminded a fine victory over the Reds that gives the Hawthorns club a great chance of staying up.
Tags: Roy Hodgson, West Brom, Baggies, Kenny Dalglish