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Is Coyle About to Take Over from Hodgson?

The Sun report today that Liverpool under-fire manager, Roy Hodgson although not yet officially sacked has already said goodbye to his players believing that his days at the club are numbered.

He is reported to have given a farewell speech after Wednesday's 3-1 shock defeat at Blackburn.

The tabloid paper quotes what they call a'Kop Insider':

'Roy was very down and emotional.

'He said things like 'It's been a pleasure working with you all but I'm sure the owners will want me out after this.

'And he even added 'It's no fun hearing your own fans singing another manager's name every two minutes'.'

Hodgson is expected to still host a Press conference today (Friday) ostensibly to discuss Liverpool's FA Cup clash with arch-rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

Meanwhile 'The Star' suggest former Burnley manager and current Bolton boss Owen Coyle could be waiting in the wings in take over at Anfield.

They say last night Coyle emerged as the man Liverpool want to lead the club out of their dire situation with the Scot now the front-runner to succeed Hodgson.

It is not clear what the Liverpool fans would make of that appointment. Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish seems to be at the top of their wish-list.

New Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli will though be key to choosing Hodgson's replacement should he be sacked

It is thought he favours a young coach and he is understood to have targeted Porto's 33-year-old, Andre Villas-Boas.

All Clarets fans would find it highly amusing if Coyle does his usual thing of jumping ship by finishing up at Anfield after just a year in charge at Horwich Wanderers although we are told that all Bolton fans would have no concerns and would let him go with their blessing! Yeah right!

Of course if Roy Hodgson does go, what chances that Burnley might show some ambition and try and bring him to Turf Moor? Would we want him and if we did would it just be a pipe-dream? Let's discuss below

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 7 2011

Time: 9:20AM

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Gawd it's all happening on the managerial merry-go-round! Ill be glad when we have ours sorted,its knackering keeping up. Hodgson anybody?
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07/01/2011 09:24:00

I wouldn't believe The S** when they say a 'Kop Insider' anyone associated with Liverpool would never comment to them unless it was at a public press conference in which case the same quotes would be accessible everywhere else too.
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07/01/2011 09:54:00

You are probably right but then we all know what could be going through Coyle's mind at the moment. It will be something like this..'Oh hell Bolton are in dire financial straits and if I lose Cahill & Elmander to make ends meet, we can kiss goodbye to European dreams and it would look like failure on my CV. Now if I get the Liverpool job, I could save them and become a hero before Real Madrid come for me next season'
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07/01/2011 09:58:00

Agree tmp, if he thought our future looked none too bright (mainly because he couldn't create a win for what was it, 9 games), and did a runner, he's likely to be pretty sharp when he starts to appreciate what a 15-man squad might achieve as the season wears on (or is a 13-man squad when his two key players go off in the window). He'll leg it before he gets found out and then do the same again and again. With an ego his size, he'll find it hard to appreciate his shortcomings so will wing it just until it starts to turn...
Mike Mada
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07/01/2011 10:43:00

Wouldn't suprise me Coyle jumping ship again.. When the going gets tough Coyle jumps ship.
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07/01/2011 11:30:00

How long do we think it will be before every chance to slate Owen is not taken??? On the subject of this, I think the move would be too soon for him but if he is offered it - he would surely have to take it! Agree though that statements about him 'saying goodbye' are probably with no substance.
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07/01/2011 12:11:00

Sky Sports just said Hodgson's press conference at 1:30pm today has been cancelled. They speculate though this could be because the press will only be interested in his position at the club and not the game coming up against United. Sounds like Hodgson will still be Liverpool manager over weekend
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07/01/2011 12:13:00

The way things are going at the moment, I wouldn't be surprised if a January transfer window for managers is shortly announced.
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07/01/2011 13:04:00

Coyle was an unproven manager and he seems to be doing ok. Got us promoted and Bolton in top half of the table after being in a terrible mess when he took over
Billy Hamiltons Boot
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07/01/2011 13:58:00

1 or 2 Bolton trying 2 convince them selves it wont happen the fact is that if Owen achieves what you want then he will be coveted by bigger clubs & you like us will have the realisation that the most exciting brand of football your likely to see is over
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07/01/2011 14:19:00

With all these names going around, and some of em snubbing us, it is clear we have no vision.
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07/01/2011 21:56:00

According to Star Coyle shot to the top of the short-list after Marseille boss Didier Deschamps and former Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard ruled themselves out.
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08/01/2011 06:04:00

Well, Hodgson's gone. All Dalglish needs now is a team. Or perhaps a manager who can motivate players to play beyond their expectations. Can you think of anyone ?
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08/01/2011 13:36:00

Guess its game on again in the Summer for Coyle if Dalglish fails to deliver the goods
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09/01/2011 21:45:00


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