In light of the imminent appointment of Roy Hodgson as the England manger, and the harsh words from the newspapers on Monday with regard to his appointment, and the criticism from Liverpool fans that the guy is a joke and has no idea; I thought it would be interesting to compare the league stats between King Kenny and Roy Hodgson during their recent tenures at Liverpool Football Club.
Overall League Form
During Roy Hodgson’s short reign he oversaw 20 premier league matches. He won 7, drew 4 and lost 9 of those matches. His winning % figure was 35%. His success rate was 45%. During those matches Liverpool scored 24 goals (1.2gpg) and conceded 27 goals (1.35gpg). They kept 30% clean sheets and scored in 75% of the matches.
Kenny Daglish has oversaw 53 premier league matches. He has won 23, drew 13 and lost 17 of those matches. His winning% figure was 43.4%. His success rate was 56%. During those matches Liverpool scored 78 goals (1.47gpg) and conceded 54 goals (1.02gpg). They kept 37.8% clean sheets and scored in 75.5% of the matches.
So looking at the stats above, Liverpool under Kenny Daglish score more goals and concede less goals. As a result of this, Liverpool had a higher winning% and success rate% under Kenny.
Home League Form
When Hodgson was in charge he oversaw 10 premier league home matches. He won 6, drew 2 and lost 2. His winning % figure was 60% and his success rate was 70%. During those matches Liverpool scored 17 goals (1.7gpg) and conceded 8 goals (0.8gpg). They kept 40% clean sheets and scored in 90% of those matches.
Daglish has oversaw 26 premier league home matches. He won 11, drew 11 and lost 4. His winning % figure was 42% and his success rate was 63%. During those matches Liverpool scored 40 goal (1.54gpg) and conceded 20 goals (0.77gpg). They kept 37.8% clean sheets and scored in 80.7% of those matches.
Interestingly, looking at the home stats, Hodgson comes out on top. During his reign, Liverpool scored more goals at home than under Daglish. Goals conceded per game and clean sheets were fairly even. However, under Hodgson, Liverpool scored in more home matches.
Away League Form
When Hodgson was in charge he oversaw 10 premier league away matches. He won 1, drew 2 and lost 7. His winning % was 10% and his success rate was 20%!!!! During those matches Liverpool scored 7 goals (0.7gpg) and conceded 19 goals (1.9gpg). They kept 20% clean sheets and scored in 60% of those matches.
Daglish has oversaw 27 premier league away matches. He won 12, drew 2 and lost 13. His winning % was 44% and his success rate was 48%. During those matches, Liverpool scored 38 goals (1.41gpg) and conceded 34 goals (1.26gpg). They kept 37% clean sheets and scored in 70% of those matches.
So, as the stats clearly show, Daglish’s away record is far superior to Hodgson’s. If you could combine Hodgson’s home form with Daglish’s away record maybe Liverpool would be challenging for the top four!!!
So it looks like Daglish just shades the stats overall. However, it is worth bearing in mind that he has been in charge for far more matches than Hodgson was. Also there is another factor to consider.
Joe Cole – Free
Brad Jones - £2.3m
Danny Wilson – Initially £2m, going up to £5m
Paul Konchesky - £3m
Christian Poulsen - £4.5m
Raul Meireles - £11.5m
Fabio Aurelio –Free
Total Spending – £26.3m
Andy Carroll - £35m
Luis Suarez - £22.7m
Stewart Downing - £20m
Jordan Henderson - £16m
Charlie Adam - £7.5m
Sebastien Coates - £7m
Jose Enrique - £6m
Total Spending - £114.2m
So looking at the spending side of things, Hodgson spent £87.9m less than Daglish. With respect to Hodgson’s signing’s, I would say that Joe Cole was worth a risk, as he was a free transfer, I would also say that Raul Meireles was a good signing, as for the others, I am not so sure. Although, during Hodgson’s reign; he was restricted with money to spend by the owners. He was the manager in a transitional period and had to sell before he bought. To be fair, in the eyes of the Liverpool fans who still regarded Rafa in high esteem, Hodgson was the wrong man for the job, even before a match had been played. Roy Hodgson was set-up to fail!!!
If we look at Daglish’s spending, he has spent big. He was fortunate that new owners came in and gave him serious money. Yes, he did get £50m for the sale of Torres, but is Andy Carroll worth £35m? Is Downing worth £20m, or Jordan Henderson worth £16m? Only time will tell, but on the display’s so far, I would say they are not worth that much. The difference between Hodgson and Daglish is the fans idolise Daglish, so he will get all the time in the world to build a new Liverpool team, whereas with Hodgson, when he entered the job, he was entering through a revolving door, he was never wanted. However, if you look at Hodgson’s track record at Fulham and since leaving Liverpool, his record at West Brom, you can’t really argue with him. Is he the right man for the England Job? Who knows? Will the players give him a chance? Again, only time will tell. I for one would like to see him being given a decent chance to succeed. I think, had he had the chance, he would have done a good job at Liverpool, let’s hope he gets the chance for England.