Former Barca coach Frank Rijkaard has been linked to replace Roy Hodgson at Liverpool after a string of bad performances has left the Reds in the relegation zone. England’s most successful club is now just a pale shadow of its former self.
With Hodgson refusing to resign in the face of mounting pressure, Rijkaard might be out in the cold longer than he thought. Rijkaard had a lot of success with Barcelona however, the same cannot be said with Galatasary his last club.
The Turkish giants are in 10th position in the league-a position that much like Liverpool is very unfamiliar to them. Rijkaard was sacked and replaced by Gheorghe Hagi.
Hagi has pledged to revive the Team’s fortunes after a disappointing start to the season. This is his second stint as coach and he has pledged to be more successful than his first stint. Hagi played for Galatasaray when they won the Turkish Cup in 2000.
In light of these revelations, Hodgson responded by saying that ‘it is all speculation’.
“I understand Rijkaard has just been sacked from Galatasaray – he must be a great manager to have been sacked by Galatasaray,” Hodgson told The People. “What you are talking about is Frank Rijkaard’s agent who is putting his name around.
“It’s all speculation. I had two and a half years of that kind of thing at Inter Milan when every day there would be stuff in the newspapers that someone was going to get my job. It ended up with my being offered a new contract when I left for Blackburn! If I took two and a half years of that in Milan then I can take two and a half years of it here at Liverpool – don’t worry about that.”
With a change of leadership at Anfield, it still remains to be seen whether Hodgson will keep his job or whether Rijkaard should prepare himself for a very important job interview.
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