Bosses shocked, disappointed at Hodgson exit
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted he was shocked by Roy Hodgson's exit as Liverpool coach, but insisted it illustrated the fickle nature of Premier League management where big-spending owners demand instant success.
Hodgson, in charge at Anfield for just six months, left his job by "mutual consent" on Saturday with the former European champions struggling in 12th place in the table. He has been replaced by former manager and player Kenny Dalglish.
"I am shocked because I rate Roy Hodgson as a great manager," Wenger said after his side's 1-1 FA Cup draw with Leeds. "It puts our job into perspective because he was manager of the year in July. It shows you how quickly we lose our qualities because he had to go six months later. Of course it is a shock and I feel our job suffers today."
Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier, himself under pressure at Aston Villa, said Hodgson had been the victim of a "brutal world". "Roy got manager of the year last season so he was a great manager then and he still is today," said the Frenchman.
"He's a fantastic person, I know him well but this world has become brutal, I mean it - if you lose two games you are in the firing line. I feel for him but Kenny Dalglish has been a friend for a long time too."
Another Premier League manager under the cosh, Avram Grant of West Ham, said: "I don't know what has happened but I always feel sorry when something like this happens in the middle of the season. Kenny Dalglish was a great, great player, a great manager, who did very well and has a lot of knowledge about football."
Mark Hughes, Hodgson's successor at Fulham, added: "It's very disappointing when you see a fellow manager lose his job. But it's a league that thrusts focus on you every minute of the day. We're always judged on results. I'm sorry for Roy because he obviously was fantastic for Fulham for two years and deserved his chance to manage a top club. He's a good manager and I'm sure he'll come back."
Hughes, who was sacked by Manchester City after new owners took over, added: "There's always that thinking that people who take over a club will always try to appoint their own man and there's many examples of that.
"There's a little bit of that in the Liverpool situation, I would suggest. But, listen, we're all grown men, we understand what happens. Sometimes, even when it's a little bit unfair, you've just got to get on with it."