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Roy Hodgson is under increasing pressure to save his job as Liverpool fans launched a petition demanding him to be sacked.

After the shock 1-0 home defeat to lowly Wolves, Hodgson is facing calls to step down despite just six months in charge. The Reds currently sit just three points above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone after a disastrous start to the campaign.

Hodgson has also been forced to apologise for offending fans with his comments made after Wednesday’s loss.

Liverpool supporters have added thousands of signatures to an online petition directed at owners Fenway Sports Group – led by John Henry and Tom Werner – calling for Hodgson to be removed immediately.

The accompanying letter, which runs to almost 3,000 words, lists the reasons why they want the former Fulham boss to be booted out.

The letter is divided into sections highlighting Hodgson’s perceived weaknesses, headlined ‘Inexperience at the top level’, ‘Relationship with the fans/Communication with the media’, ‘Signings’ and ‘Statistics’ before concluding with a final ‘Please Act Now’ plea.

Read the petition in full here

It is believed only a victory against Bolton at Anfield on Saturday is likely to save Hodgson following the shambolic defeat by Wolves. The club have even been forced to deny claims he has already left.

Hodgson has apologised for offending fans with his comments made after the defeat at home to Wolves. He had to endure chants of ‘Dalglish’ and ‘Hodgson for England’.

Hodgson said after the game he had never had the ‘famous Anfield support’ in his six months in charge and that was interpreted as an attack on his critics in the crowd. However, the Reds boss insisted that was not the case.

‘Things have been misinterpreted,’ said Hodgson. ‘I’m afraid people have taken one small comment where I was describing my situation.

‘I was responding to a question about how it felt to be jeered by fans, making it clear it hurts me and I was disappointed by it because no-one wants to feel they are unpopular.

‘I understand it is up to me to take it on the chin but it’s not been an easy ride for me. It’s been an uphill struggle and I was not the first choice appointment with a lot of fans.

‘But if I have offended them in any way I deeply regret that. All I can do is apologise and make it perfectly clear there was nothing offensive in my comments.’

Hodgson said supporters were perfectly entitled to their views and accepted he and the team had to do more to improve their enjoyment.

‘Fans always have the right to show their anger and disapproval – we’ve got fantastic fans but you have to give them something to be passionate about and we didn’t do that on Wednesday.

‘I don’t think they were happy with anyone and as manager you are first in the firing line. The Anfield support will always be there and what’s more it’s better in times of crisis.’

If the patience of FSG runs out, Kop hero Kenny Dalglish is a ready-made candidate for a caretaker role with a view to assuming a senior boardroom position once a permanent replacement has been found.

Damien Comolli, the club’s director of football strategy, is responsible for identifying the next Anfield boss and the search has taken on fresh urgency after the appalling display in the 1-0 defeat at home on Wednesday against a team who were then bottom of the Premier League.

The American owners are populists and their eagerness to make the right impression with fans following their takeover in October puts Hodgson on borrowed time, although his good relationship with Comolli is working for him at the moment.

Saturday’s game against Bolton has taken on huge significance and a loss will leave the club little room for manoeuvre.

However, Hodgson’s precarious position will not affect Liverpool’s intentions for the January transfer window as Comolli is in charge of recruitment now that chief scout Eduardo Macia has left. Comolli will be backed to sign as many as four players.

A £1.5million deal for Rennes winger Sylvain Marveaux is in place and Comolli will have a pivotal role to play in shaping Liverpool’s long-term future.

Although Dalglish may be given a temporary role in charge he and the other fans’ favourite, Rafa Benitez, are not under consideration to take over on a permanent basis.

Hodgson faces an enormous challenge to raise his badly deflated players for the Bolton game, which starts a defining run of five matches in 15 days. Liverpool face a trip to Blackburn followed by an FA Cup third-round tie against Manchester United before league games against Blackpool and Everton.

Source: DailyMail

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