Hodgson has the 'qualities' to ease Anfield troubles
Published 23:00 04/06/10 By David Maddock
Massimo Moratti became president at Inter in 1995 after a decade of turmoil in which the Italian club went close to meltdown, surviving relegation by a solitary point.
One month into the new season Inter were bottom of the table, and Moratti took drastic action by sacking Luis Suarez as manager and turning to Hodgson.
The Englishman had an immediate impact, dragging them up the table to clinch a place in Europe. The following season, he led Inter to a UEFA Cup final and third place in Serie A.
"Roy Hodgson was an important person in the development of Inter Milan to the point we have reached today,” said Moratti. “He saved us at the right time.
“When he came we were in trouble, and things appeared dark. He didn’t panic, he was calm and made us calm
“Disaster was averted at the most important time. Everyone at Inter will remember him for that and his contribution. He is considered by us all as an important person in our history. He left an endowment to this club that’s important in our history.”
Hodgson worked on a limited budget and initially had few of the star names synonymous with the present-day club – his biggest player was Paul Ince. But he unified a previously fractured squad, and created one of the most fondly remembered sides of that decade.
Moratti believes that if Liverpool want a man to calm troubled waters and bring stability to Anfield, the Fulham boss is ideal.
Hodgson had a second spell at Inter as caretaker boss after his sacking by Blackburn in 1998.
“Roy has experience,” Moratti said. “He came back to us to help us when we needed someone to step in and calm things down as a stand-in manager.
“If Liverpool or any club need someone with authority and with a fine reputation people will look up to, players and fans alike, he’s a perfect candidate.
“We still see him, he is part of our family, and always welcome at our club. I’ve been asked about his qualities, and I’d say he has many, most importantly of all he has qualities as a man.”
Hodgson’s career has primarily been spent on the Continent, and many people in England are unaware of his achievements following his disappointing time at Blackburn.
Only in the past year, after he steered Fulham to the Europa League final, has he come to prominence in the Premier League, but in Europe he is regarded as one of the best tacticians in the game.
Fulham fans are in no doubt as to his ability, as one showed with a banner at the Europa final in Hamburg (below left).
Hodgson took Malmo to five consecutive Swedish titles, turned Inter around, claimed notable scalps consistently in European competition, and under him Switzerland reached a world ranking of three by out-qualifying eventual finalists Italy for the 1994 World Cup.
But it is his reputation for being a statesman who can handle a crisis that makes him an ideal candidate, given the unrest at Anfield. He has a proven ability to work with players and create harmony.
Hodgson has remained quiet about Liverpool’s interest in recent days, but the 62-year-old is thought to be interested in one last challenge.