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Mark Schwarzer hopes Roy Hodgson stays as Fulham boss

Roy Hodgson and Mark Schwarzer
Hodgson (left) is a wanted man after working wonders at Fulham

Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer is hopeful manager Roy Hodgson will resist the overtures of Liverpool but admits he would not blame him if he left.

Hodgson is in the frame to fill the vacant role at Anfield following the departure of Rafael Benitez.

Schwarzer said: "The gaffer is huge for Fulham. He has done a remarkable job during the past two-and-a-half years.

"We hope he doesn't go, we hope he stays at Fulham. But I wouldn't blame him at all if he decides to move."

Hodgson arrived at Fulham in December 2007 and saved the club from relegation that season.

He followed that up by guiding the club to their highest ever league position of seventh in the following campaign.


And last season he steered the Cottagers into the Europa League final - an achievement that led to him being named manager of the year.

Unsurprisingly, he has caught the eye of some top clubs and it appears Liverpool are keen on the former Inter Milan and Blackburn boss.

Schwarzer, who will be playing in the World Cup finals for Australia, added: "It doesn't surprise me if a number of clubs would be after him as a manager given his superb record.

"The gaffer is at that stage of this career where he is thinking 'will this sort of opportunity come around again?'

"I suppose in a lot of ways you can't blame the guy if an opportunity like this came along.

"It is Liverpool you are talking about, a huge club, who normally compete in the Champions League every season.

"There are four or five such clubs in the country and there would be very few managers or players who would find it difficult to resist going to them."

And former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier believes Hodgson would be a good choice for Liverpool.

He told BBC Radio 5 live's sportsweek programme: "Roy has done very well with an average team at Fulham.

"I would be delighted if he could coach Liverpool, because he deserves it.

"He is used to coaching stars, as well, because he was coach at Inter Milan."

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Hodgson named new Liverpool boss
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Benitez appointed Inter manager
10 Jun 10 |  Europe
Benitez reign at Liverpool ends
03 Jun 10 |  Liverpool
Redknapp & Hodgson join BBC team
02 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Hodgson voted manager of the year
10 May 10 |  Fulham
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