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Byline: ben THORNLEY

EVEN as he was being unveiled as the new West Bromwich Albion boss earlier this week, Roy Hodgson couldn't resist another dig at Liverpool fans.

Hodgson insisted it was the fans' fault he was shown the door by Fenway Sports Group, how they never gave him a chance because the previous regime had chosen him ahead of the popular choice Kenny Dalglish.

Nothing to do with the fact that he managed to win just one Premier League away game in six months and was statistically the club's worst ever post war manager.

Or that he wasted close to pounds 10m on Christian Poulsen and Paul Konckesky.

As if to further illustrate how little he understood Liverpool FC and its fans he also appeared to say it was unhelpful for his employment prospects at the Reds that the club changed hands.

Yes, it's a real shame that Tom Hicks and George Gillett left isn't it, Roy? Thankfully he's now another club's problem but you have to feel for West Brom fans.

Swapping a young, progressive up and coming manager like Roberto Di Matteo for Hodgson is like trading a Blu-ray player for a Betamax video machine.

It's a massive backwards step for the Black Country outfit.

And considering that Hodgson felt he wasn't given enough time at Anfield - six months - to get his methods across to the players, how is he planning to save the Baggies from relegation in just three months?

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 18, 2011
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