Hodgson conference cancelled

Liverpool manager looking dejected during their defeat to Wolves at Anfield
Image: Hodgson: Under pressure

Liverpool have cancelled manager Roy Hodgson's Friday press conference amid mounting speculation over his future.

Reds boss will not face media amid mounting speculation

Liverpool have cancelled manager Roy Hodgson's Friday press conference amid mounting speculation over his future. The 63-year-old is under intense pressure at Anfield and Wednesday's 3-1 loss to Blackburn Rovers did little to boost his cause. The poor Ewood Park result was tipped by some pundits to be the straw that broke the camel's back, but it seems, he will take charge this weekend. The Reds tackle arch-rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup third round this weekend and success over the Red Devils could be crucial for Hodgson. But he will not be giving his usual media briefing prior to the game as the club are keen to avoid further discussion of his position.

Options

Liverpool's owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) have reportedly been looking at their possible options for a managerial change for over a week now. They had intended to see out the season with Hodgson before reassessing the situation but recent results - defeats to Rovers and Wolves - and the deteriorating relationship with fans and associated falling attendances have apparently prompted a rethink. Hodgson arrived at the club's training ground as usual and was scheduled to hold his Friday press conference, but the club cancelled it less than an hour and 45 minutes before it was scheduled to take place. But in an attempt to calm speculation about Hodgson's future that the cancellation may have prompted, the club stated an interview with the manager, talking about the weekend's game, would be posted on their website and broadcast on Liverpool's in-house television channel.

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