Roy Hodgson appears to be on the brink of losing his job as Liverpool manager as widespread reports claim the club's owners have started a search for his replacement.
Coyle wary of Reds
A number of British newspapers have reported that American owner Fenway Sports Group, headed by John W Henry, has already decided to end Hodgson's Anfield nightmare as soon as a suitable replacement is found.
Owen Coyle, who brings his high-flying Bolton team to Anfield on Saturday, has been touted along with Frank Rijkaard, Porto's Andre Villa Boas, Borussia Dortmund's Jurgen Klopp and Didier Deschamps as possible contenders for the Liverpool hotseat. The owners are reportedly reluctant to sack Hodgson and install a temporary manager such as club legend Kenny Dalglish, and the unavailability of some candidates could give Hodgson extra time before the axe falls.
Hodgson has been forced to apologise to fans over earlier comments about their lack of support for him and it seems difficult to picture the former Fulham boss emerging from his besieged position to turn Liverpool's disappointing season around. The Reds' 1-0 loss at home to lowly Wolves this week was another low point in a campaign that sees them just three points above the relegation zone.
Hodgson arrived at Liverpool in the summer after the club decided to part ways with Rafael Benitez but his management style, which steered Fulham to the Europa League final last season, hasn't seemed to translate to the more demanding environment at Anfield.
"There is no security as a Barclays Premier League manager," Hodgson told journalists ahead of the game against Bolton. "You take the job because you believe you can do it and that you can do it well, but you realise there is no security involved in it.
"That's especially the case with the job I have because there are a lot of people who would like to be standing where I am today and they will think that they can do the job better.
"So you don't come for the security. You come because you believe you are the right man and can justify the faith the people who appointed you have in you."