SAF: Hodgson never had a chance

Hodgson was dumped by the Anfield outfit last week after struggling

to get them above mid-table since his arrival in the summer.

Although his exit was widely expected, it still came as a shock

barely six months after his successful stint at Fulham. Ferguson

has already faced his successor – Kenny Dalglish – and seen

Manchester United dash the early optimism generated by his fellow

Scot with a 1-0 FA Cup win last weekend. But the circumstances

surrounding Hodgson’s departure remain a mystery to the United

chief. “It was disappointing for Roy,” said Ferguson. “I think

there was obviously a bit of a campaign to get him out. “There is

no question about that. “It’s disappointing because he had the

experience to do the job – but not the players, obviously. “I don’t

know the full circumstances of how he was operating but you had the

feeling through the media that he was on a hiding to nothing.”