Former England captain Steven Gerrard has welcomed the appointment of former Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson as the new manager of England. The English national team were without a manager since the resignation of Fabio Capello a few months ago.
The English FA have not been swift in appointing a new manager as a replacement, which has led to many speculations surrounding the team. However, the English FA have now acted in order to help the team in the preparations for the Euro 2012, which is only a few weeks away. As a result, they have appointed West Brom manager Roy Hodgson, who was out of contract in the summer.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp and West Brom manager Roy Hodgson were the front-runners for the job. However, the English FA have decided to go for the latter option without having second thoughts because it meant that they need not pay a huge severance fee to the club.
Due to the long contract Harry Redknapp has with Tottenham, it would have cost the English FA at least £ 10 million to secure his services. Roy Hodgson, meanwhile, did not cost a huge amount of money. Roy Hodgson had a disastrous spell with Liverpool a few seasons ago, but Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has welcomed the appointment.
“I’ve worked with Roy. He’s a good man and a good manager. It’s important he’s given a chance and I’m looking forward to working with him again,” Gerrard said after the appointment was confirmed by the English FA. Roy Hodgson has said that his immediate target will be to make it into the quarter-finals of the Euro 2012. Hodgson refused to comment on the future England captain given that John Terry has recently been sacked from the post. It was John Terry’s removal from the captaincy that led to the resignation of Fabio Capello.
Steven Gerard has shown quite a bit of interest in the fact that Liverpool might be able to hold the cup after six long years of drought.
The captain has been quite contented with the performance of all the team mates and has seen quite a bit of improvement for all the members down the years.
Their deteriorating performance has been seen in the fact that they have not managed to gain a single cup since 2006 where they managed to win the FA cup championship. Now after a span of 6 years of hard work and effort, they finally reach a stage where they are confident of winning the League Cup and adding another silver ware to their already existing collections.
This might be quite a boost for the entire team and winning the cup might give them some added confidence by which they might perform even better. Steven Gerard is just hopeful that there is nothing unfortunate that turns up at the end due to which they have to lose an important chance of winning the cup.
Although they seem to be at a better position against their competitors for the finals, one can never be sure of anything unless it’s completely over and the result is known. A similar phase happened in the year 2001, when they managed to win the league cup that year and went on to win three more cups consecutively. There’s no denying the fact that an award or trophy acts as a catalyst and players feel the need to perform better as they get to see rewards for their effort in front of their eyes.
Steven Gerard is making sure that no lose ends are present which might spoil the entire show of events and lead to their loss at such a close and final stage.
Joe Cole says that Steven Gerrrard deserves to win the Premier League for his achievements in his Liverpool career. The former Chelsea player joined the Reds this summer on a free transfer after constant speculation linking him with moves to Arsenal and Tottenham.
The 28-year-old, who scored his first goal for the Reds during a 4-1 win against Steaua Bucharest in the Europa League this week, believes that Gerrard excels in his role for Liverpool.