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Patience not always a virtue in Hodgson’s case
The Liverpool owners’ decision to use this weekend’s break for the FA Cup as a chance to sit back and ponder the club’s future under Roy Hodgson is a rare patient act in the hasty world of soccer but it might not end up doing the manager any favours.
The Anfield club, just four points clear of the Premier League relegation zone, face rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford in the third round of the Cup on Sunday after another week of speculation and supporter unrest surrounding Hodgson’s future.
Even with the ‘magic’ of the FA Cup, a win against league leaders United seems unlikely on current form, and a defeat to their bitter rivals who could field a slightly weakened side, would only rub salt into already very sore wounds on Merseyside.
A defeat to United does not go down well even when Liverpool are fighting for the title or Champions League places, but when they are faltering in mid-table, a loss would add further ammunition to the club’s unhappy fans.
Hodgson’s decision to dodge Friday’s media briefing was met scornfully by some, but it could prove a decent move as the manager does his best to keep any further criticism of him and his players at bay before Sunday’s showdown.
Having appeared to patiently wait for the FA Cup to pass before making any managerial decision, a Liverpool win could be Hodgson’s only hope for salvation.