Thursday, 19 April 2012
Liverpool fans should lay-off Hodgson, says Dalglish as West Brom boss prepares Anfield return
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has called on fans to lay off former boss Roy Hodgson when he returns to Anfield with his West Bromwich side this weekend. Hodgson endured a torrid six-months' in charge of the Reds before he was ousted and soon replaced by fans' favourite Dalglish. The former Inter Milan, Fulham and Blackburn boss saved the Baggies from relegation last term and this season has guided them to a mid-table position. Respect: Dalglish believes Liverpool fans will be kind to Hodgson on his return Respect: Dalglish believes Liverpool fans will be kind to Hodgson on his return Dalglish said: 'It will be good to see Roy. To see him back at Anfield - obviously we've played them down there already - will be good and I'm sure he’ll get a warm reception from the supporters. 'He's a man with real integrity and dignity and he tried his best for this football club. I'm sure the supporters will respect that. 'As a person I respect him tremendously so he'll get a warm welcome from us. 'He's done very well (at West Brom). He's a good coach and manager. He's got a lot of experience behind him. Last year at West Brom he kept them up, this year they’ve easily stayed up.' Dalglish also believes fans are 'taken for granted' when it comes to the big events but he is confident supporters will make it to Wembley for the FA Cup final despite travel problems . Rail maintenance work over the Bank Holiday weekend, coupled with a 5.15pm kick-off on May 5, means thousands travelling from the North West will have to find alternative transport. It adds more misery on supporters who have been allocated 25,000 tickets for the final - almost 7,000 fewer than their semi-final against Everton last weekend. 'Sometimes that is the problem when fans are taken for granted - not just our fans but those at all football clubs,' said Dalglish. 'That is the decision which has been made and it's been made outside of our control. It could have been made a bit easier for them but they are fantastic fans and they will get there.' But there has been some good news for fans after National Express announced it will operate dedicated services between Liverpool and Wembley in light of the disrupted rail service to London. The dedicated coaches will depart Liverpool at 10.15am and travel direct to Wembley Stadium arriving at 2.30pm so fans can enjoy the pre-match build up. Stony-faced: Hodgosn endured a tumultuous spell at Anfield Stony-faced: Hodgosn endured a tumultuous spell at Anfield Scheduled engineering work in Edge Hill and between Crewe and Warrington have led train operators to cancel the majority of their services on cup final day. Only three services will run from Liverpool, each departing before 8am. And Dalglish revealed how the mood at the club's Melwood training base has improved following the Merseyside derby win in London. He said: 'There is always a good feel around and about the football club. 'Melwood has always been a nice place to come and work since I've come in and the positive result we got on Saturday puts an extra couple of centimetres on people’s smiles. 'We've got our reward for winning in the semi-final against Everton and we want to keep that momentum going. 'We want to try and play as well as we possibly can and get as positive results as we possibly can between now and the end of the season.'