Clemence labels Hodgson critics 'crazy'

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Ray Clemence believe it is "crazy" for people to start calling for manager Roy Hodgson to be replaced.

Towards the end of yesterday's embarrassing 2-1 defeat to Barclays Premier League newcomers Blackpool the Kop began to chant the name of Kenny Dalglish, the legendary former player and manager who was overlooked after the departure of Rafael Benitez.

The Reds are mired in 18th in the table with just one win and six points from seven matches.

However, Clemence said the new boss, who only took over on July 1, should be given time considering off-field ownership issues are at the root of many of the club's problems.

"Roy Hodgson said yesterday was disappointing - that is probably an understatement at the moment," the ex-England international told Sky Sports News.

"No-one expected them to be where they are in the table, although everybody expected a transitional year.

"It's crazy to talk about getting rid of him - they've got an excellent manager who will get things right given time and patience.

"But his hands are tied and the thing is nothing can be sorted lower down until the top end of the club is sorted out.

"It's time to stay together and be patient, keep feet on the ground and make sensible decisions. I'm sure they will be able to climb again.

"The decision on the manager has been made and everyone should stick behind him."

Former defender Gary Gillespie, who won a European Cup and three championships with the club, agreed with Clemence.

"It's easy to make changes and criticise people but you have to give Roy a little bit more time," he told talkSPORT.

"I think he's only had seven games, so I'm not going to blame the manager but it's a tricky situation that Liverpool find themselves in, where things are not going well off the pitch and they are definitely not going well on the pitch.

"I don't think Roy realised what he was coming into when he took over the role and he's probably finding it a lot bigger than even he expected."

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Giants Club: After wholesale butchery of Idi Amin's regime, Uganda’s giants flourish once again

Uganda's giants are flourishing once again

After the wholesale butchery of Idi Amin's regime, elephant populations are finally recovering
The London: After 350 years, the riddle of Britain's exploding fleet is finally solved

After 350 years, the riddle of Britain's exploding fleet is finally solved

Archaeologists will recover a crucial item from the wreck of the London which could help shed more light on what happened in the vessel's final seconds
Airbus has patented a jet that could fly from London to New York in one hour

Airbus has patented a jet that could fly from London to New York in one hour

The invention involves turbojets and ramjets - a type of jet engine - and a rocket motor
10 best sun creams for kids

10 best sun creams for kids

Protect delicate and sensitive skin with products specially formulated for little ones
Tate Sensorium: New exhibition at Tate Britain invites art lovers to taste, smell and hear art

Tate Sensorium

New exhibition at Tate Britain invites art lovers to taste, smell and hear art
Ashes 2015: Nice guy Steven Finn is making up for lost time – and quickly

Nice guy Finn is making up for lost time – and quickly

He was man-of-the-match in the third Test following his recall to the England side
Ashes 2015: Remember Ashton Agar? The No 11 that nearly toppled England

Remember Ashton Agar?

The No 11 that nearly toppled England
Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems

Bettany Hughes interview

The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks