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Hodgson left in limbo as Anfield chiefs decline to voice support

Roy Hodgson's tenure as Liverpool manager was left in limbo last night as his club's American owners failed to respond to the most intense 24 hours of rumour about his future yet by either supporting or removing him.

While sources at both Chelsea and Aston Villa indicated that Carlo Ancelotti and Gerard Houllier are safe for now, and there was a suggestion that Avram Grant -- a third manager reeling from defeat on Wednesday evening -- would live to fight another game at West Ham, the silence from Liverpool was deafening.

Hodgson is expected to appear today at a press conference ahead of their onerous visit to Old Trafford in the FA Cup third round, despite an understandable desire in some quarters to spare him more of the introspection which is crippling the club once again.

His attendance would suggest that he will be in charge for Sunday lunchtime's match, allowing him to make good on a declaration, after the miserable 3-1 defeat at Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday, that he would be staying to prepare his side to face United.

Hodgson put in a full day's work at the club's Melwood training ground yesterday, with the only ray of hope being the confirmation by Marseille coach Didier Deschamps -- who was interviewed for the Liverpool manager's job last summer and is a leading candidate now -- that he wants to fulfil the contract which keeps him at the club until its new stadium is redeveloped in 2014.

"When I talk about being coach of Marseille in the new stadium, I mean it," Deschamps said.

Irish Independent