January 8, 2011

Roy Hodson Factfiles

1947: Born on August 9, Croydon.

1965-75: Player with Crystal Palace, Gravesend and Northfleet, Maidstone and South African side Berea Park.

1976: Starts managerial career with Halmstad in Sweden, winning two championships.

1980: Joins Bristol City as assistant manager to Bobby Houghton.

1982: Appointed manager at Ashton Gate but dismissed within four months after poor run of results when club is taken over by new owners. Returns to Sweden, where he manages Orebro and then Malmo, who won five consecutive championships and two Swedish Cups under him.

1990: Leaves Sweden for Switzerland, taking over at Neuchatel Xamax.

1992: Becomes manager of Switzerland, whom he takes to the 1994 World Cup in the United States. Was in charge when they qualified for Euro 96.

1995: Appointed manager of Inter Milan.

1997: Agrees to become Blackburn manager in the summer. While still at Inter, his side lose to German club Schalke in the UEFA Cup final on penalties.

1998: Takes Blackburn into European competition for the first time since 1995 but Rovers win only two of their final 11 Premier League matches to fail in chase for title. In November, Hodgson is sacked by Blackburn with the club bottom of the Premier League, having taken just nine points from 14 games.

1999: Shortlisted for Austria job. Returns to Inter on April 27 as technical director until the end of the season. Joins Grasshoppers.

2000: Appointed coach of Danish side FC Copenhagen. Linked with England job after resignation of Kevin Keegan.

2001: May - Takes Copenhagen to the Superliga title. August: Takes over as coach of Serie A club Udinese. December 10 - Udinese and Hodgson part company.

2002: April - Appointed manager of United Arab Emirates.

2004: January - Sacked after leading side to fifth place at the Gulf Cup. May - Joins Norwegian side Viking FK.

2005: August - Agrees to take over as boss of Finland national team.

2007: November 30 - Quits after failing to secure qualification for Euro 2008. December 30 - Appointed Fulham manager.

2008: Fulham win four of their last five Premier League games of the season to stave off relegation.

2009: Guides the Cottagers to their highest ever top-flight finish, seventh, and ensures Europa League qualification.

2010: Takes Fulham to the Europa League final after beating Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus, Wolfsburg and Hamburg - only to lose 2-1 to Atletico Madrid in extra time in the Europa League final in Hamburg. Announced as new manager of Liverpool on a three-year contract on 1 July, but things quickly go sour. In September Liverpool are dumped out of the League Cup on penalties at Anfield by League Two side Northampton, while further home defeats to Blackpool and Wolves follow before the end of the year.

2011: The pressure intensifies with a 3-1 defeat to Blackburn at Ewood Park and on Saturday 8 January the club announce Hodgson has left the club by mutual consent.

So,based on Hodgson's records,it seems that he didnt have enjoyable or good spells at bigger clubs,but he did at lesser clubs in smaller leagues such as in Sweden and Denmark. So,without a doubt,I can say that Liverpool's job proves just too big for him. Whatever it is,he is not just the one to blame and in fact,several players have let him down.Though, thanks Roy and his dismissal means a welcomed return for King Kenny.YNWA.


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