Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Dear Roy Hodgson

Dear Roy Hodgson

I've supported Liverpool since I was too small to ride rollercoasters. This season has been a ride I wish I was too small for. Despite our recent successes in the last decade I'm not one of those unreasonable fans who expect us to win every trophy going and batter every team 4-0 I'm fairly low maintenance, I like my team to bleed for the shirt, chase every lost cause, to stand up for ourselves and never lose sight of our identity. I can name many games last season where despite losing it was often narrow margins, say an unfortunate deflection or an own goal, but I believed in my team. Our rich history and never say die attitude struck fear into opposition and often if they got a result over us they were grateful they got away with it. Tonight I've just witnessed my team get outplayed by Wolves (bottom of the league with the worst away record in the country) and they never broke a sweat. They worked hard and they were organized, but never really stretched, never really tested. I believe in Liverpool FC, but I don't believe in you. Your average Champ Manager player could figure out how to tactically outmanoeuvre us. Press high deny space to play from back so it goes long and win all the second balls. Pounce on any errors and use ball wisely to fashion yourselves a few chances, if you get a goal no need to sit any deeper just frustrate them as you were. We have no answer, it's not personnel; shy of a few players it's a team many favoured to win the title over a year ago, it's tactics. I have no personal beef with you, your ideas can be effective at midtable teams, not at Liverpool FC, not pass and move 18 league titles 5 European cups Liverpool. We've got a reputation to maintain you know. I'm sure you're a pleasant enough fellow but unlike the media I don't care if you're English or Venezuelan I care about what happens on the pitch. When I buy club merchandise I want the money spent wisely, not on old overpriced players that push perfectly good ones to the bench or out of the club. I don't want to come into work to be taunted for our latest embarrassment. You must be a proud man, as I'm a proud fan. So do what's right, walk away, everyone who isn't a Liverpool fan still loves you, you might get a crack at the England job if you wait around a year or so. Take a break, put your feet up. Saturday kitchen is a good watch give that a go. I'd rather see you happy spending time with your family than rubbing your face in the technical area like a bewildered dementia sufferer. You get paid well, hey treat yourself to a circulation booster, or one of those homedics massage things. You could try it on your face. You can hear the boos, you know Liverpool fans aren't quick to boo their team, we're not fickle or greedy to win. We know when we see a team lost for motivation, with no plan B. The owners might be looking at guys to replace you. Don't let them damage your pride walk out now with your head held high say it's not for you and I reckon you'd get applause if you ever find yourself in the opposition dugout. The press will say you were hard done by, your rep won't suffer too bad and Liverpool FC can get back to what it should be doing. No harm no foul.

Yours Faithfully
Phil Savory