Hodgson not threatened by the spectre of Dalglish
Published 23:00 30/10/10 By Derick Allsop
Roy Hodgson lifted clouds of uncertainty shrouding his position at Liverpool by insisting: “I don’t fear Kenny Dalglish will take my job.”
Instead, the under-pressure Anfield boss maintains he is content that he and the Liverpool legend are working side by side to restore the club to its former glory.
Hodgson contends Dalglish – who offered his services as manager in the summer – is no longer the man to take the reins, but still has crucial roles to play in their future.
In an extraordinary and candid interview, Hodgson revealed also that he brought Dalglish in from the cold after the Scot had been shunned by previous manager Rafael Benitez.
Hodgson said: “If Kenny’s presence is a threat it is, but the fact is I’m not prepared to pass up on quality people who can help us move forward because I’m personally frightened.
“If the day comes that they decide they want Kenny Dalglish and not me then so be it.
“That wasn’t the case in the summer, but that’s not to say it won’t be forever more. But I have no fears in that respect.
“I know what I can bring to the job and what qualities I have. I’m not a political person, I’m not frightened of these things.
“I don’t know about his ambition, but you can understand that I can’t ask him, ‘do you want my job?’
“I was disappointed – and I’ve told him this – that he applied for the job in the summer because I don’t think that was ever really going to happen for him.” But unlike his predecessor, Hodgson is untroubled by the spectre of Dalglish and keen to harness his stature to enhance the club’s cause.
He said: “When they wanted me for the job, I made it clear to Kenny that he would be with me – not like with Benitez, when he was here in name but not allowed to step foot in Melwood and it was ‘we don’t want anything to do with you’.
“I told Kenny, ‘that won’t be the case, I want to tap into you for all the things you can bring’, not least his iconic status. He’s doing a very good job, helping us with our scouting, he still does a lot with the younger players at the academy and he also plays an ambassadorial role.
“You could not find a better person in the world to do that job for Liverpool Football Club and he should be doing it for other managers when I leave.
“His job should be a permanent one.”
Dalglish, who joined Hodgson last week at Wigan to check on today’s hosts Bolton, is helping the search for at least one new striker to recruit in January.
Hodgson will be alerted by Manchester City’s announcement that Roque Santa Cruz is available, but has ruled out signing Kevin Davies for a second time because, at 33, the Bolton and England hitman is considered too old.
Admitting he wants up to six players to bolster his squad, Hodgson said: “We’re desperately short up front, but whether we can get the real big-hitter we’d like might be difficult. We might have to take a chance on something second best.”