Liverpool are getting ready to replace under fire manager Roy Hodgson with former Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill if their takeover goes through, according to the Daily Star.
After a seventh placed finish last term, which led to Rafael Benitez’s dismissal, Hodgson has been charged with bringing stability back to the Merseysiders.
However, a poor start to this season, which culminated in a 3-2 loss to arch-rivals Manchester United yesterday, sees Liverpool lying in 16th position.
And the two consortiums trying to buy the crisis-torn Anfield club both believe O’Neill has a better chance of bringing the glory days back to Liverpool than Hodgson.
Despite Tom Hicks and George Gillett’s unwillingness to sell for anything less than £600 million, Royal Bank of Scotland will threaten to seize control of the club if a £280 million debt is not paid off.
Hicks is now looking to finance that before the October 11 deadline in order to hang onto the club and Hodgson is fighting a double-edged sword.
He knows the club needs new owners in order to move forward – he will have no money to spend in January if the Americans retain control – but if they are brought out then his job is in serious jeopardy.