It wasn’t long ago that the club was on the verge of administration and everything at Anfield just seemed grey. Liverpool were languishing in the bottom half of the table. The Anfield faithful had become both frustrated and restless. Mass protests were being held outside the stadium and the general atmosphere around the club became ever so negative. Even on rare occasions when Liverpool did perform well on the pitch, their performances were met with sarcasm and calls for a change in the Anfield set up.
Those miserable times were as much down to Hicks and Gillett as it was down to Roy Hodgson. In fairness, Roy Hodgson was a decent manager. After spells at Internazionale, Blackburn and Udinese among others, Roy Hodgson enjoyed great success at Fulham and later on at West Brom. Helping a midtable team such as Fulham to the Europa Cup final was truly remarkable. However, he just couldn’t cope with the sky high demands of a club of Liverpool’s caliber. Roy Hodgson and Liverpool were a misfit. Wrong club, wrong time.
His horrendous transfer policy contributed largely to his downfall. Christian Poulsen was a guy playing in his early 30′s who just wasn’t cut out for life in the Premier League. Paul Konchesky and Joe Cole both failed miserably while Raul Meireles was the only summer recruit who went on to become a regular in the side.
With the kind of mediocre team Hodgson had assembled, add to it a very unhappy Fernando Torres, Liverpool failed to even score goals, let alone win games. Calls for a new manager were loud and clear. A takeover was imminent and a sense of optimism returned to the club.
On 8th January, Kenny Dalglish was appointed as the new Liverpool manager for a second stint at the club. Liverpool found in him a renewed sense of purpose and the Anfield aura of yesteryear returned. The much hated duo of Tom Hicks and George Gillett were quite literally thrown out the backdoor and in came Fenway Sports Group – spearheaded by John W. Henry. The new owners brought stability back to the club by appointing Damien Comolli as their new Director of Football Strategy and recruiting Steve Clarke to the management setup.
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