Roy Hodgson took Liverpool job at wrong time, says Steven Gerrard who backs him for England role
England midfielder Steven Gerrard believes Roy Hodgson took the Liverpool manager's job at the wrong time but has given the 64 year-old his full backing as national team coach.
Hodgson endured a difficult 191-day reign at Anfield which resulted in his departure in Jan 2011 after a run of poor results.
The club was going through internal turmoil at the time, with Fenway Sports Group taking over from the dysfunctional regime of Tom Hicks and George Gillett in the October.
Despite accusations he was not up to the job of matching expectations at Anfield, Gerrard thinks it was a bad time for Hodgson to replace Rafael Benitez, a fans favourite after leading the club to their famous 2005 Champions League triumph.
"Roy is a good manager. I've worked with him before but I think he took the Liverpool job at the wrong time," Gerrard said.
"My opinion of him has not changed before he got the (Liverpool) job, while he had the job and after it.
"He was very good technically, very thorough, a great guy and very loyal among the players.
"I think he is a good appointment. I think all the candidates the media were saying were in the running were all good candidates.
"Like any other England manager Roy will be judged on results so we will see how it goes, but I am certainly looking forward to working with him again."
Liverpool team-mate Jamie Carragher offered his support to Hodgson.
"I am pleased for him to get another crack at it," he said. "It was difficult what happened to him here at Liverpool but it's another chance for him on a really big stage."