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Danny Murphy tips Roy Hodgson to succeed at Liverpool

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson
Murphy played under Hodgson at Fulham

Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy believes his former boss Roy Hodgson is the perfect man to succeed Rafael Benitez as Liverpool manager.

Hodgson was named as Liverpool's new manager on Thursday and will be unveiled at Anfield at 1330 BST.

Murphy, a former Liverpool player, said: "Liverpool need someone who has an understanding of the history and heritage that lies behind the club.

"I admire Roy Hodgson. He has a philosophy of playing good football."

Murphy, who was sold by Benitez in 2004, excelled under Hodgson's tutelage at Fulham and is now being linked with a possible return to Merseyside to the club he supported as a boy.

"People spoke about [Jose] Mourinho but I personally didn't see him as an ideal fit with Liverpool because right now, they need someone who has an empathy for the club," said Murphy, an influential figure in Fulham's progress to the Europa League final last season.

"Maybe it's time Liverpool had an English manager who knows about the club.

Fulham captain Danny Murphy
Murphy joined Liverpool from Crewe in 1997

"Roy is a talented manager who succeeds because he works incredibly hard. He instils confidence in his players and has a style the players can enjoy. His success has been a mix of a lot of things, but primarily hard work.

"He has real tactical knowledge too - in a way it has come from Roy's Italian [managerial] roots, it is an Italian style," Murphy told the Daily Mirror.

Hodgson guided Fulham to seventh in the Premier League, their highest finish, in his first full season at Craven Cottage and 11th last season.

The 62-year-old, named as League Managers' Association manager of the year in May, has a wealth of managerial experience with spells in charge of clubs in Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Switzerland as well as the Swiss, Finland and UAE national teams.

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen also backed Hodgson's appointment.

"I suppose the ship had to be steadied and there are not many managers available of his experience and know how," the forward, who now plays for Manchester United, told BBC Sport.

"I am sure he knows what he's doing and the Liverpool fans will give him a good reception."

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge warned Hodgson he has a "massive job" at Anfield, though, akin to that faced by the legendary Bill Shankly when he rebuilt the club in the 1960s.

The Reds finished seventh last season, their lowest league position for 11 years, and uncertainty over the sale of the club by American co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett and the future of star players like Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres has only added to Liverpool's problems.

"This is the most important stage in Liverpool's history since Bill Shankly took over with what's happened off the field with the owners and the lack of stability at the club," said Aldridge.


"Something has to happen as soon as possible. You have to go in and test the situation about which players need to go out, what you've got to bring players in and who you can keep.

"That's very important as [Javier] Mascherano has been using the wild card about his wife being unhappy and there's question marks about Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard. They've got to be sorted out asap."

But former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson thinks Hodgson's appointment will herald a new era at Liverpool and hopes the former Inter boss's arrival will encourage new investment into the club.

Hodgson will 'steady ship' - Owen

"We need the sale of the club sorted to enable us to really go forward," the European Cup winner told the Liverpool Echo.

"I just hope it won't be too long before that's done. With a new boss and new owners it really would be the dawn of a new era.

"The club needs a steadying influence and Roy will provide that. He's done a fantastic job at Fulham and has a wealth of experience, having managed all over Europe.

"This is one of those jobs Roy had hoped and prayed for and it's a fantastic opportunity for him."

Kevin Gallagher was a striker at Blackburn Rovers during Hodgson's one-and-a-half year spell at Ewood Park, which ended with his sacking in 1998 with Rovers at the bottom of the Premier League.

Nevertheless, the former Scotland international predicted Hodgson could take Liverpool to "dizzying heights" after managing to steer Blackburn into Europe in his first full season with the club.

"Roy is a very organised man," the former striker told BBC Radio Merseyside. "He gets them set up in a system he wants to play and gets and extra 10-15% from the players and, at the moment, I think Liverpool need that.

"When you show enthusiasm on the training pitch the players get a buzz from that. I think Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres would love that.

"He came to Blackburn as a European/Italian coach. When Roy came in he changed the whole regime, it was very Italian orientated, very disciplined and it was 99% coaching. We all understood what we had to do and even the reserve players understood what the first team players had to do."

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see also
Hodgson named new Liverpool boss
01 Jul 10 |  Liverpool
Dalglish 'key to Reds duo's fate'
16 Jun 10 |  Liverpool
Benitez reign at Liverpool ends
03 Jun 10 |  Liverpool
Hodgson voted manager of the year
10 May 10 |  Fulham

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