Roy reassured over Reds boss role

The experienced coach took the Anfield hot-seat over the summer in

the knowledge that the club could fall under new ownership during

his tenure. It appears as though the Reds are now closing on such a

deal, with the owners of the Boston Red Sox baseball team seeing a

£300million bid accepted. There are still a number of issues

to resolve before an agreement can be pushed through, as current

owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks dig in their heels, but the

Liverpool board are confident a takeover will be completed. Such an

event cannot come soon enough for the faltering Reds, with

off-field shenanigans proving to be an unwelcome distraction. A

torrid opening to the 2010/11 campaign has left them languishing in

the Premier League relegation zone, with their dreams of returning

to the top four lying in tatters. The slow start has seen pressure

mount on Hodgson, just a few months into his reign on Merseyside.

He has, however, been informed by club chairman Martin Broughton

that the prospective new owners still regard him as the ideal

candidate to lead the side into an exciting new future. “They are

very happy that this manager is the right person to take this club

forward,” said Broughton. “They talk enthusiastically about winning

and investing in the team, stadium development and doing all the

right things. “I think they are going to be pretty hands-on and

they have a track record of that.” Meanwhile, Hodgson is hopeful

the takeover will be concluded sooner rather than later. Hodgson

has welcomed news that the Reds’ board have agreed a sale of the

club to New England Sports Ventures (NESV). Hicks and Gillett are

to launch a legal challenge on the accepted bid, meaning

prospective owner John W Henry may have to wait to become the

Merseysiders’ new chief in command. Hodgson is simply pleased to

see the club moving in the right direction. “It’s very positive and

of course I’m delighted,” the Reds boss told the club’s official

website. “It’s been going on a long time and I know how hard the

board have worked to set things up. “I know it’s not easy for them

because the owners have other ideas in terms of the sale of the

club and what is achievable. “But I was delighted to hear the news

and have it confirmed that it looks like it is going to go

through.”