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Hodgson: I didn't attack fans

December 31, 2010
By ESPN staff

Roy Hodgson insists he did not intend to attack Liverpool's fans during comments he made in the wake of the 1-0 defeat to Wolves on Wednesday, and says he will not quit the club.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson (left) feels the pressure against Wolves
PA PhotosLiverpool manager Roy Hodgson (left) feels the pressure against Wolves

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After that loss, Hodgson complained that the "famous Anfield support has not really been there" following his appointment as Liverpool boss in the summer.

That accusation did nothing to relieve the pressure on Hodgson, whose side are languishing in 12th place with eight defeats from 18 games, but he insists that his words were taken out of context.

"Things have been misinterpreted,'' Hodgson said. "I'm afraid people have taken one small comment where I was describing my situation.

"I was responding to a question about how it felt to be jeered by fans, making it clear it hurts me and I was disappointed by it because no-one wants to feel they are unpopular. I understand it is up to me to take it on the chin but it's not been an easy ride for me.

"It's been an uphill struggle and I was not the first choice appointment with a lot of fans. But if I have offended them in any way I deeply regret that. All I can do is apologise and make it perfectly clear there was nothing offensive in my comments.''

Despite the intense speculation surrounding his position, Hodgson is adamant he will not walk away from Anfield.

"It has taken me a long while to get to this elevated position coaching one of the best clubs in Europe,'' Hodgson said. "I was very pleased to get the job - I left a very good job to take it - so the last thing in my mind is walking away from a club like this or walking away from football. I want to be here, I want to change things, I want to turn it around and I want to help the club and the new owners get the success they want.

"There is no security as a Premier League manager and when you take any job you don't take it for security, you take it because you believe you can do it and do it well.

"No one gives you security because having the job I have there are an awful lot of people who would like to be standing where I am today.

"There are a lot of people who believe they can do the job better so that would automatically diminish your security. But you believe you can justify the faith of other people who have appointed you.''

The Liverpool boss denies that the club are plunged in a crisis, but admits that criticism has hurt him.

"Of course it hurts, The day when it becomes water of a duck's back is the day you don't do the job,'' he said. "The job is about sadness and occasionally it is about a bit of gladness and euphoria.

"This year there has been plenty of sadness - there's been a few glad moments - but I'm confident that will change. Strangely enough, two or three weeks ago everything was looking very bright and people were being very positive. Suddenly after a defeat at Newcastle and a very bad defeat at home to Wolves things have swung round enormously.

"Let's not make everything ridiculously doomy and gloomy because we lost a game. We are not in a crisis situation but on Wednesday we let ourselves down very badly and we have to bounce back and give a totally different performance against Bolton.''