Saturday 21 April 2018

Ray calls for clemency

A dejected Roy Hodgson after yesterday's defeat at Blackpool. Photo: Getty Images
A dejected Roy Hodgson after yesterday's defeat at Blackpool. Photo: Getty Images

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Ray Clemence believe it is "crazy" for people to start calling for manager Roy Hodgson to be replaced.

Towards the end of yesterday's embarrassing 2-1 defeat to Barclays Premier League newcomers Blackpool the Kop began to chant the name of Kenny Dalglish, the legendary former player and manager who was overlooked after the departure of Rafael Benitez.

The Reds are mired in 18th in the table with just one win and six points from seven matches.

However, Clemence said the new boss, who only took over on July 1, should be given time considering off-field ownership issues are at the root of many of the club's problems.

"Roy Hodgson said yesterday was disappointing - that is probably an understatement at the moment," the ex-England international told Sky Sports News.

"No-one expected them to be where they are in the table, although everybody expected a transitional year.

"It's crazy to talk about getting rid of him - they've got an excellent manager who will get things right given time and patience.

"But his hands are tied and the thing is nothing can be sorted lower down until the top end of the club is sorted out.

"It's time to stay together and be patient, keep feet on the ground and make sensible decisions. I'm sure they will be able to climb again.

"The decision on the manager has been made and everyone should stick behind him."

Former defender Gary Gillespie, who won a European Cup and three championships with the club, agreed with Clemence.

"It's easy to make changes and criticise people but you have to give Roy a little bit more time," he told talkSPORT.

"I think he's only had seven games, so I'm not going to blame the manager but it's a tricky situation that Liverpool find themselves in, where things are not going well off the pitch and they are definitely not going well on the pitch.

"I don't think Roy realised what he was coming into when he took over the role and he's probably finding it a lot bigger than even he expected."

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