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Tony Parkes backs Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson to succeed

Roy Hodgson
Hodgson became only Liverpool's 18th manager in their 118-year history

Former Blackburn assistant manager Tony Parkes says that Roy Hodgson will prove his worth at Anfield after being appointed as Liverpool's new manager.

Parkes, who worked under Hodgson in his time at Ewood Park, believes the former Fulham boss has a point to prove.

He told BBC Radio Merseyside: "With the players he's got to coach and work with at Liverpool, I think he'll be the ideal manager.

"I think by coming back to this country he's got some unfinished business."

Parkes continued: "He started that at Fulham with players who are probably not as good as the players at Liverpool, without being too unkind to Fulham.

"He's very experienced, he's very determined and you'll find that he doesn't like certain things.

"His team talks are usually all about his own team and he mentions the opposition very little.

"It's all about how his team will play and he has good knowledge. He's a good tactician and the players will enjoy working with him."

Hodgson's time at Blackburn is often remembered for his sacking in 1998, but Parkes likes to remember the good work he did in his time at Ewood Park.

"When Roy was at Blackburn, when he first came, he got the team buzzing," recalls Parkes.

"We were second from top at Christmas and he was top of the list for the England manager's job at the time and things were going great for him.

"Then, all of a sudden, things started to go a little bit pear-shaped for him. I do think they sacked him too early.

"If they'd carried on with Roy I think he would have got us out of the trouble we were in."



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