On This Day 2010 - Roy Hodgson becomes Liverpool manager

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson

Six years ago saw the start of a forgettable reign at Anfield.

Roy Hodgson during Liverpool's defeat to NorthamptonRoy Hodgson during Liverpool's defeat to Northampton

Liverpool fans will not thank anyone for this reminder as Roy Hodgson was parachuted into the Anfield hotseat to 'steady the ship'. Unfortunately his limitations were exposed and Hodgson managed to unite divided fanbase.

That unity came when they all realised he simply wasn't up to the job as he said the fans protesting against a toxic ownership was 'unhelpful', alienated members of the press on Merseyside as well as those coming through the turnstiles at Anfield.

It wasn't a great time to be following the Reds.

He may have only become something of a figure of fun to England fans after their defeat to Iceland on Monday under Hodgson's management, but Liverpool fans will have told you all along this was coming. 

Hodgson always referenced his many years of experience whenever he came under pressure or his tactics came under scrutiny, while senior players such as Daniel Agger had gone public on his frustrations with the manager as early as September - the Guardian reported. In that same month, Liverpool had been dumped out of the League Cup by Northampton Town on penalties - who were described by the then Reds' boss as 'formidable opposition'.

Roy Hodgson during Liverpool's defeat to EvertonRoy Hodgson during Liverpool's defeat to Everton

Liverpool were second from bottom in the Premier League by October and after a defeat to Everton in the Merseyside derby, he baffled many by suggesting the 2-0 defeat to Everton was a good performance. As someone who was at that game, I can categorically tell you it was dire.

He was quoted in the Daily Mail at the time: "That was as good as we have played all season, and I have no qualms with the performance whatsoever. I only hope fair-minded people will see it the same way.

"It's just unfortunate that such a good game of football, a real credit to the Premier League, will revolve round the fact that Liverpool did not win.

"It was a sterling effort by the players, especially after Everton's second goal went in. Pressure builds up, of course, but we will cope with that."

That was after an embarrassing home defeat to Blackpool. Hodgson ended up being sacked before the FA Cup third round tie with Manchester United at Old Trafford on the second weekend in January. Some have said were it not for games that were postponed because of the weather then he would've left the club earlier. 

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson against WolvesLiverpool manager Roy Hodgson against Wolves

The home game against Wolves before the turn of the year really saw the crowd turn against him as the Reds lost 1-0. Though a subsequent win against Bolton on New Years' Day at Anfield - which only brought in a crowd of 35,400 - bought him some time, the defeat to Blackburn Rovers a few days later was a final nail in the coffin. 

It was without doubt one of the worst appointments Liverpool had made. There are so many quotes and comments which baffled Liverpool fans, The Anfield Wrap compiled 'The Hodge files' from his final two months alone. 

I've got this far without mentioning the signings of Christian Poulsen and Paul Konchesky, but I'll just leave it at that. 

Liverpool manager Roy HodgsonLiverpool manager Roy Hodgson

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