Liverpool Chairman Martin Broughton said yesterday that he believes prospective new owners New England Sports Ventures (NESV) will continue with Roy Hodgson as manager if they takeover the club. Broughton also revealed the consortium had promised money to spend in the January transfer window. Of course, if results continue as they are then Roy will not last until the New Year, but if results pick up and he is in charge on January 1st 2011, would you trust him to spend the money wisely?
On the face of it, the answer would be categorically ‘no.’ After all, although he has little money to spend, he is changed the squad quite drastically during his three months in charge. With players such as Javier Mascherano and Alberto Aquilani being offloaded, he has brought in Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen, Paul Konchesky, Joe Cole and Brad Jones for approximately £20million. None of the signings have really impressed as yet with the £4.5m shelled out on defensive midfielder Poulsen being a particular waste of money.
Reds fans would be wary of giving any manager with such a track record after such a short time in charge, any massive transfer kitty. Certainly in the past, we have had managers who have spent vast amounts of money on players who were just not good enough to play for Liverpool Football Club; Graeme Souness and Gerard Houllier particularly come to mind. With the Reds struggling as they are, and with some of our own players questioning when this club will turn itself around, the January transfer window will be a crucial indication as to where this club is heading.
With hopefully NESV at the helm, a good deal of money will be made available to the manager to spend on improving the squad. For most Reds fans: a striker, two wingers and a left back are a priority, and these decisions on potential targets have to be got right for the sake of Liverpool’s season and future. At the moment, it is justifiable to question whether Roy is the man to make these crucial acquisitions. I do have a few words in the defence of our current manager though.
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