Liverpool have posted an update on their official website to confirm that Roy Hodgson has left the club ‘by mutual consent’ and that Kenny Dalglish has been put in temporary charge for Sunday’s third-round FA Cup tie against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Hodgson himself has posted a statement on the site:
“Being asked to manage Liverpool Football Club was a great privilege. Any manager would be honoured to manage a club with such an incredible history, such embedded tradition and such an amazing set of fans.
“Liverpool is one of the great clubs in world football. I have, however, found the last few months some of the most challenging of my career. I am very sad not to have been able to put my stamp on the squad, to be given the time to bring new players into the club in this transfer window and to have been able to be part of the rebuilding process at Liverpool.
“The club has some great, world-class players, with whom it has been a pleasure to work and I wish the entire squad well for the rest of the season.
“I thank those with whom I have built up a close working relationship at the club for their loyalty and support during very testing times, and finally of course to the Liverpool fans, your passion and dedication to the club will see Liverpool at the top of the game once more.”
Owner John Henry also had this to say:
“We are grateful for Roy’s efforts over the past six months, but both parties thought it in the best interests of the club that he stand down from his position as team manager. We wish him all the best for the future.”
On the temporary appointment of Dalglish, club chairman Tom Werner added:
“No one who cares for this great club has been happy with the way this season has unfolded and we have examined options and considered at length what is best for us going forward.
Kenny will bring considerable experience to the position and provide management and leadership for the rest of the season.”
Not the best timing considering their immediate schedule, but it looks like the majority of Liverpool’s supporters have finally gotten their way once again.