Hodgson unfazed by speculation
Roy Hodgson has rubbished talk he is worried about his position as Liverpool manager but admits results must improve quickly.
The 63-year-old took over on a wave of optimism that the former Fulham manager could bring the good times back to Anfield after Rafael Benitez's disastrous last season in charge. However, shock defeats to Blackpool and Northampton, combined with a few weeks spent in the relegation zone, have seen Hodgson put under the spot light by the Reds' owners. New owner John Henry recently described results as "unacceptable" in a fans phone-in and with Blackburn beginning their hunt for a new manager after shockingly sacking Sam Allardyce on Monday it appears as though no one, in particular Hodgson, is safe from the chop. The ex-Fulham manager faces a dead rubber Europa League tie with Utrecht on Wednesday before he welcomes his former club to Anfield on Saturday. Anything other than two wins could well be seen as unacceptable and Hodgson admits results must begin to pick up. "I don't have any fears, worries or concerns," he said when asked about his job security "But if you put it to me 'You feel there is no chance whatsoever of you getting sacked' then I would be in a minority of one in that respect. "The owners have made it perfectly clear they are in it for the long term and they are going to be patient; they realise it is going to take time. "They realise we can't turn things around overnight and they also realise that the team I am working with is not the team I put together. "You don't turn things around overnight and they are aware of the magnitude of the task but they are very focused on what needs to be done and I am convinced they will help me get it done." Despite Liverpool's shocking away form things at Anfield have improved recently and punters might fancy using their free bet to back the Reds to be successful in their next two matches.