Right man, right time
Phil Thompson believes Roy Hodgson is the right man to lead Liverpool back into a top four position.
Last Updated: 01/07/10 6:37pm
Roy Hodgson is definitely the right man for Liverpool.
I think it's a timing issue and the time is right for somebody like Roy, an Englishman, to come in and steady the ship.
This fella has a very impressive CV. He's got international experience with Switzerland and Finland, and also has experience managing at the top level of club football with no less than two spells at Inter Milan.
You can argue he didn't do well at Blackburn when he took over there back in 1997, and again maybe that was a timing issue, but he has certainly resurrected himself at Fulham in the last couple of seasons.
He got them to the Europa League final last season and that was an astonishing achievement really and he deserved to be named manager of the year by the League Managers Association.
What he will definitely bring is good man management skills. We've seen how he's got the best out of players at Fulham, players who had failed to deliver under previous managers.
Bobby Zamora played like a dream for him and Danny Murphy has performed wonders and he has a good manner in the way he talks to and deals with players.
He's also shown that he has a good eye for a signing having bought players like Brede Hangeland to the Premier League.
Murphy, from what I've been led to believe, has painted a really good picture of him to Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher and they are a big influence when it comes to the other players.
I think he would've probably sought the advice from his good friend and former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier about the club as well.
OK you could say a lot of things have changed since Gerard was at the club, but he still knows exactly what it is like as a football club. And I'm 100 per cent sure he would have sung the virtues of the fans and the club as a whole.
But I don't think it would have taken Roy too much time to decide because this has probably been the ultimate job for him.
He realises that there are big problems at Liverpool and his first priority will be to keep hold of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres, but it's not just those two. There are other players too like Javier Mascherano, who has been linked with a move to Inter Milan, and I think it's very important that he keeps all his top players.
That said there are a few players that need to go. I think he has a kitty of about £15million to spend and if you sell a few you can probably take that up to about £30million to bring in two or three quality players.
He's said his objective is to get Liverpool back into the Champions League places, but it's going to be a tough task. We've gone from finishing second to seventh in the Premier League, which tells you that Manchester City are improving, Tottenham are improving and Aston Villa are improving.
So it's going to become more and more difficult, but I believe with a few good signings we will finish fourth and that's the aim he has to set for the players.