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PostSubject: The 5 Challenges Facing Roy   Thu 1 Jul 2010 - 13:00

Hodgson is a humble man, a manager who speaks six languages and one whose life experiences in countries as diverse the United Arab Emirates, Italy and Finland have developed his character.

When Fulham were involved in the Europa League last season, he showed a side to his character when, in Basel, he travelled to the local Christmas market – by tram.


Even though he was in the country where he managed the national team, he thought nothing of mingling with the locals and, once in the market, chatted in English, French and German with the locals.

It gave a rare insight into a man who understands life as much as he understands the game and his achievements at Fulham are remarkable if put into context. And for those who criticise his previous time in England, at Blackburn, should take note that in his first season he took the club to sixth and a place in the Uefa Cup.

He left after just 18 months to develop his career and, upon his return, not only saved Fulham from relegation on the final day of the season but then proceeded in taking them to seventh in the Premier League.

And, having achieved the club’s highest ever League finish he then took Fulham to the Europa League final, beating Juventus, Shakhtar Donetsk, Wolfsburg and Hamburg along the way. Now, though, he steps up a level, but Liverpool fans – particularly those who believe the club has gone cheap – should rest assured their club is in good hands.

FIVE CHALLENGES FOR HODGSON

1. Keeping the best players at Anfield. Without Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres, Liverpool would sink without trace, and with both players linked with moves away, Hodgson’s main task will be to persuade them to remain.

2. Getting on with the owners. Over the last 12 months more has been written about the squabbles between Hicks and Gillett than on the pitch and Hodgson, used to working with sensible owners at Fulham, must get on with the Americans and chief executive Christian Purslow.

3. Restoring respect in the Liverpool name. Last season’s continued failures turned a once-great club as a laughing stock, with Benitez’s tactics consistently criticised and some embarrassing results turning them into an ‘ordinary’ club.

4. Winning over the fans. Those who have adored outgoing characters such as Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley and Graeme Souness must be convinced that Hodgson has the character to inspire the Kop.

5. Winning the Premier League. Liverpool have never won the Premier League and were last the champions in England in 1990. Fans are fed up with the past; they want to enjoy the future and that means success in the League

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