Roy Hodgson joined the BBC pundits in the studio on Thursday night for coverage of France against Mexico, and perhaps inevitably he was quizzed on the rumours linking him with the vacant managerial job at Anfield. Hodgson told Gary Lineker:
“I’m Fulham manager. I’m perfectly happy at Fulham. There’s a lot of speculation but I can’t enlighten you.”
The 62-year old has been strongly linked with the vacancy at Liverpool, but added to his response that he knew no more about it than anyone else. If he is the Reds number one target, as most of the media are suggesting, then the club are certainly taking their time making a move.
Former Real Madrid manager Manuel Pellegrini is the latest name to be linked with the job, and joins a growing list of speculated candidates. But with nothing official coming from the club, there seems to be no indication as to how likely any of these men will be in charge for the coming season. According to the press, Liverpool couldn’t afford to sack Rafa Benitez. When the Spaniard did leave, the media then started saying the club couldn’t afford the wages of a big name manager, hence the strong link to Kenny Dalglish, as he seemed the most viable option.
So it seems the media aren’t exactly clued up on the matter either. Away from the management situation, there’s also much speculation and confusion over the Liverpool’s transfer dealings. Yossi Benayoun was all set to join Chelsea, but that seems to have been put on hold until a new boss is appointed. More worryingly, Milan Jovanovic’s move to Anfield now looks in doubt. It was announced months ago that the Serbian winger-cum-striker had signed a pre-contract agreement to join the Reds, but now journalists from his homeland are reporting that nothing has been signed, and he could be following Benitez to Internazionale.
With the World Cup taking all the attention at the moment, not a lot is clear about the future personnel changes at Anfield. Hopefully we will hear some proper news soon, rather than just speculation, and hopefully it will have been worth the wait.
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