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Fans fear Roy can't stop Mersey slide; RESULT!

Byline: DEREK McGOVERN; JOHN SHAW

ROY HODGSON claims that rebuilding Liverpool will take time - amid suspicions he's taking advice from the cowboy firm doing the Commonwealth Games.

Hodgson must be sick he landed the job - in common with 50,000 Red fans.

Overseeing a Cup defeat at home to a team normally prefixed by 'thelikesof' is a big mistake when you're Anfield boss but not as big as sucking up to Fergie, which he's done pretty much since his arrival on Merseyside.

Why does Hodgson insist on brown-nosing Sir Purple Nose when Sam Allardyce has shown him self perfectly capable?

Rafa Benitez won the Champions League in his first season at Anfield but Kopites revered him more for getting up Fergie's hooter. That's No.1 priority as Liverpool boss - the second priority is doing it regularly.

Newcastleand Northampton have both won on Merseyside in the last few days and even Tory glory boys the Lib-Dems escaped without the thrashing they deserved, which disappointed a few of them.

The fear factor has gone from Liverpool, unless you're supporting them, and there are rumours that just five games into the season Hodgson could soon become an ex-factor.

He's down to 10-1 with Hills to be next Premier League boss to go compared to 9-2 for Everton's David Moyes. Yet the same firm makes Hodgson 1-2 favourite (against 6-4 Moyes) to be the Merseyside gaffer who leaves first.

That makes as much sense as Hodgson's tactics, which against mighty Northampton saw centrehalf Soto Kyrgiakos sent up front for the last 20 minutes. Who's advising him - Allardyce? Cobblers is the nickname for Northampton and for Woy's strategy.

It is just 5-2 with bet365 for both Liverpool and Everton to finish outside the top six and 1-6 for neither side to win a trophy.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 24, 2010
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