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Woy defends time in charge of Rovers

Woy defends time in charge of Rovers

Former Rovers boss and new Liverpool gaffer Roy Hodgson has defended his time at Ewood Park saying he does not consider his time in East Lancashire a failure.

Hodgson got off to a good start as boss here and bagged himself a top 6 finish in his first full season, a year after the club avoided relegation by one point.

But in the second season he attempted a mini spree of transfer dealings which were to boost on field performance but instead found the club bottom after the first portion of the season and this lead to his sacking.

Roy spoke to Sky Sports and said - 'Blackburn was the only place I have been sacked and that was somewhat harsh,'

'I took a team which had avoided relegation by one point into European football and then lost four of the very best players - three to injury and one to a forced sale to Rangers - the following year.

'Admittedly the start of the following season was not as good and we built up expectations but it is difficult for me to see Blackburn as a complete failure.

'I did make mistakes there; you always make mistakes when you fail somewhere.

'I have analysed those failures but I don't think they were quite as blatant as some people would like to think.'

'Blackburn were a top side when I went there, we finished sixth in the league, Udinese have had success in the past and the four years I had with the Swiss national team going to the World Cup and European championships was successful.

'I regard comments like that as far too insular.'

I think Roy has every right to defend himself here and his time here was a bit better than some people who only remember the bad end seem to think.

But he DID make some mistakes and he has rightly been sounded out for them. As much as he did good he also did make some errors that cost him in the end.

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Writer:Mikey Delap
Date:Friday July 2 2010
Time: 10:16AM


I think we were probably more of a blip on the radar for him. he seemed to enjoy great adulation everywhere else!!!
Mikey Delap
02/07/2010 10:47:00
I like Roy - and I wish our board didn't sack him. I think he was a good manager for us.
02/07/2010 11:19:00
he had a good rep but Davies for 7.5m, Dailly for 5.3m and Blake for 4.25m??? Roy cant handle a budget and dont forget all the stellar players he attracted from abroad like Sebastien Perez and Martin Dahlin and the sale of Club captain Tim Sherwood to Spurs!! He made some very strange decisions that cut the heart out of the club. OK Hendry wanted to go home but still, one man does not a team make! IMO hes overrated, regardless of what he did with Fulham and the Liverpool job will show it again i believe
02/07/2010 11:34:00
We're about to find out aren't we?!
Mikey Delap
02/07/2010 11:56:00
Sorry BB - I disagree. I think all our managers have bought players who haven't performed as expected and wasted money (with the exception of Hughes in recent memory) - the team was crumbling before Roy got there - and we were playing some good football under Roy.
02/07/2010 12:27:00
Good wuck Woy.
02/07/2010 14:33:00
I did feel sorry for him a little at the time, some of the signings he made and players that were linked we were looking to compete with the big boys again. Kevin Davies showed a lot of promise at Southampton but the £7.5 million price + james Beattie deal now looks like a proper BIG Mistake he made!!
02/07/2010 15:43:00
cant say Sams bought any bad players fn1! Di Santo was a loan so doesnt count!
02/07/2010 17:03:00
Rover23 - £6.5million on Kalinic - and now we're hoping he signs another striker! Jury is still out on him!
02/07/2010 19:31:00
Tbf I think we always knew we would see more of kali this season than last...
Mikey Delap
02/07/2010 19:38:00
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