Today’s sacking of Roy Hodgson was the final act in Liverpool’s transition from a club of strong traditions and morals, to being just as greedy and commercially ruthless as the rest of the Premier League.
When I grew up as a kid, the Liverpool way was the route everyone else wanted to follow. They backed their team, backed their managers, stood shoulder to shoulder with fellow Merseysiders and respected the opposition and good football.
All this looks a distant memory now. Long gone are the traditions of standing shoulder to shoulder with fellow Merseysiders, something I had long admired.
Also gone is the crowd’s unwavering support for their players and managers. There was a time when if a team came to Anfield and played well and got a result, they got appaulded off the pitch.
Now a home defeat is met with jeers and abuse for the home side. The way the fans have abused the likes of Lucas and Paul Koncheskey is disgraceful.
Koncheskey is guilty off nothing more than being a player Roy Hodgson found to be dependable, and was all that Liverpool could afford at the time. To turn on him the way the fans have is out of order. It shows an ignorance of footballing knowledge.
The way the fans have acted towards Roy Hodgson is also unlike the so-called Liverpool way, in days gone by the fans had a tradition of backing their managers, where has this now gone? Roy has had no support from day 1. He was right when he said this and I wish he had stood by this remark.
Writing abuse outside the training ground, what’s that all about? An absolute joke.
There seems to be a new generation of supporters who simply aren’t interested in upholding the traditions of the club. This was eleuded too by Anfield legend Phil Thompson with his remarks about the “unprecedented” way the fans have turned on Roy Hodgson.
The final act of transition has come from the boardroom. When did Liverpool last sack a manager after 6 months? Before anyone says ‘it was mutual consent,’ let me stop you. That is corporate bullshit for being sacked, it means they have reached agreement on Hodgson’s severance payment.
Lets be honest, boardroom integrity was already a distant memory at Liverpool. All this latest action shows is that the new owners are just the same as everyone else in football.
Liverpool are now officially no different to anyone else. Traditions washed away and no morals left.
It reminds me of the time Newcastle sacked Sam Allardyce, the fans put pressure on the board and they crumbled. The fans knew better, that Kevin Keegan was the man. Hodgson’s sacking has plenty of similarities, the Liverpool fans apparently know that Kenny Dalglish is the best way forward.
Good luck with that one! Deluded, is the word that springs to mind.