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Victory not enough to save Hodgson from the sack

Liverpool's dramatic victory over Bolton will not be enough to save Roy Hodgson's job as manager, with the club's owners still determined to act as soon as they have identified his successor.

Goals from Fernando Torres and Joe Cole may have propelled Liverpool into ninth place and staved off the immediate threat of dismissal for Hodgson. However, owners NESV remain convinced that a change of manager is necessary.

John W Henry and Tom Werner had hoped to allow Hodgson to continue until the summer, but they are now prepared to install a caretaker until the end of the campaign -- although they will not act until they have pinpointed their preferred candidate.

The new man, whoever he is, might well turn things around quickly. Liverpool's worst first half to a season since 1953 this might be, but they will climb to sixth in the table if they win their two games in hand.


That Hodgson remains in place with Kenny Dalglish already at the club would suggest that NESV are examining the credentials of other potential interim appointments. No decision is yet believed to have been taken.

Guus Hiddink, who performed a similar role at Chelsea before the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti and is currently with the Turkish national side, may be considered while Ralf Rangnick, highly regarded after his work at Hoffenheim, quit the German club over the weekend.

Of those managers linked with the post on a permanent basis, only Frank Rijkaard and Martin O'Neill -- both currently unattached -- could conceivably be tempted to take the position in an interim capacity.

It is believed that approaches for the likes of Didier Deschamps, of Marseille, Dortmund's Jurgen Klopp and the Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas -- all seen as long-term contenders -- will wait until the summer. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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