Liverpool never gave me a chance - Hodgson
West Brom manager Roy Hodgson believes he was never allowed to become a success during his time at Liverpool, because the local press did not want him in charge.
Hodgson master-minded a superb 1-0 win for West Brom over Chelsea on Saturday, adding to his already excellent reputation established in jobs across Europe. With the England job currently vacant, his name remains in the mix to lead the country to Euro 2012.
Operating in the opposite dugout at the Hawthorns was Andre Villas-Boas, the under-fire Chelsea manager who may not get to complete the season before being shown the Stamford Bridge exit door.
Hodgson suffered a similar fate at Liverpool, axed by the Merseysiders after a horror start to his reign that saw the Reds - for a period of time - hover close to the relegation zone. Asked to compare his situation to that of Villas-Boas, Hodgson confessed he never stood a chance at Liverpool because the locals wanted Kenny Dalglish.
"I don't think you can compare my time at Liverpool to Andre at Chelsea," Hodgson said.
"But you can make comparisons if you want about the fact I was constantly vilified, in particular by the Liverpool press, because they wanted someone different in the job."