If Fabio Capello had resigned from the England post in 2010, Roy Hodgson would have been one of the bookies favourites before taking the Liverpool hot seat.
His work at Fulham was remarkable, taking an unfashionable team to the UEFA Cup final after initially steering them clear of the relegation dropzone.
But with Capello locked into his England contract at the time, Hodgson moved on to Liverpool where he failed to live up to expectation, for whatever reason he wasn’t given the patience needed to turn Liverpool around, some said he was a victim of his own previous success, the expectation levels were placed a little too high, too quickly for him.
Now at West Brom, Hodgson led WBA to their best finish in the top flight in nearly 30 years (11th in the Premier League) last season and they sit five points ahead of ourselves heading into the derby on Sunday.
As a man who has gone through fan pressure before and has been dethroned because of it, Hodgson is well qualified to discuss McCarthy’s recent relationship with the fans.
“He`s done a magnificent job and so has the owner there, Wolverhampton is a well-run club and it`s a case of expectations when you do well. He took them up and they stayed in the league, then people want to see you move on even further.’ He told the Birmingham Mail.
He continued: “But the expectations unfortunately impact upon people and the world of football is full of people who do good jobs taking the team up and then lose the job because they can`t do as well in the league above.
“That`s a fairly common occurrence.
“Unfortunately, when you bring the team up the barrier gets raised and, if you don`t bring the players in that match that, then it can be very difficult.
A fair assessment one would have to say, from a man who despite the team he currently manages I have a lot of respect for.
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