Hodgson named Reds boss


Roy Hodgson was named as Liverpool’s new manager yesterday after the club said he agreed a three-year contract.
The 62-year-old Hodgson, who steered Fulham to the Europa League final last season, replaces Spaniard Rafael Benitez who left Liverpool after six years last month.
“This is the biggest job in club football and I’m honoured to be taking on the role of manager of Britain’s most successful football club,” Hodgson told Liverpool’s website.
“I look forward to meeting the players and the supporters and getting down working at Melwood.”
The vastly experienced Hodgson becomes the club’s 18th manager and his task will be to revive their fortunes after they finished outside the top four of the Premier League last season, missing out on the Champions League.
Hodgson has previously managed Inter Milan, FC Copenhagen, Udinese, Grasshoppers and Blackburn Rovers as well as the Switzerland national team.
Club captain Gerrard is confident Hodgson will prove a successful acquisition.
“The club have made a good appointment in Roy Hodgson,” the 30-year-old told Liverpoolfc.tv. “Rafa left a few weeks ago and I know the club were determined to take their time and get the right man for the job.
“Roy is hugely experienced and I believe he is the right man for Liverpool.
“I think it’s been worth the wait and I’m sure he’s just keen now to get on with it and start to quickly put in place his plans for the new season.”
Vice captain Jamie Carragher is relishing the prospect of working under Hodgson.
He will become the fourth coach to preside over the Anfield hot seat during Carragher’s playing career following Roy Evans, Gerard Houllier and Rafael Benitez.
Even at 32, the vice-captain is always eager to learn and improve – and he cannot wait to team up with a manager whose CV boasts success in both domestic and international football.
Carragher told Liverpoolfc.tv: “I’m really looking forward to the opportunity of working with Roy Hodgson as he’s got such a great reputation in the game and is one of the most experienced managers in world football.
“After this period of uncertainty, his appointment has given us all a lift.”
Hodgson arrived at Craven Cottage in December 2007 after the sacking of Lawrie Sanchez, guiding the club clear of relegation in his first season back in the Premier League.
He then forged a competitive unit with astute signings like Norway defender Brede Hangeland, Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and Hungary midfielder Zoltan Gera.
The BBC understands Fulham hope to have a successor in place for their pre-season training camp in mid-July. “The club would like to wish Roy the very best for the future and thanks him for all that was achieved during his tenure,” read a club statement. “(Assistant manager) Ray Lewington will take temporary charge of team matters, until a successor is announced in due course.” — Reuters