Allardyce: Hodgson needs time

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Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce believes his Liverpool counterpart Roy Hodgson deserves time to address the Reds' on-field ills but is hoping to add to them when the sides meet at Anfield on Sunday.

The Merseysiders are in turmoil on the pitch, claiming just six points from their first eight games to lie second-bottom of the Barclays Premier League at the start of the weekend's fixtures. They have also finally completed a protracted change of ownership and Allardyce insists Hodgson cannot be blamed for all Liverpool's failings so far this season.

"It's not just down to Roy Hodgson, it's the structure of the club as a whole, building the atmosphere back." said Allardyce. "I feel for Roy, he seems to be bearing the brunt of the blame. If he gets enough time he will get it right."

He added: "I always thought this would be a year of transition for a club that has sold off a lot of its players and Roy has a huge task, but I didn't think they would have as few points as they have at the moment,

"All the pressure of the takeover and the money situation has obviously affected the team. There's a healthy atmosphere in a football club that you can feel that there's something great and it's building, and there's the opposite which has created a knock to that normal Liverpool feeling.

"It's one of the institutions of football made great by the late, great Bill Shankly and that has declined now, the feeling has been lost and it's a great shame, and that's what they must grasp back."

Blackburn have takeover uncertainties themselves but Allardyce hopes these will soon be resolved and will tell his players not miss their chance to get a result at Liverpool.

Allardyce said: "It's a good time to be playing them even though they have got new owners which will dampen down all the off-the-field distractions the players have had.

"But at the moment Liverpool are below us and it's the first time in many, many years of managing in the Barclays Premier League where I have gone there when they have been below my team. We have to take advantage of any lack of confidence that the Liverpool players may have."

A number of parties have expressed interest in a takeover of Blackburn but it appears an Indian conglomerate, the VH Group, have pushed ahead and could finalise a deal within weeks.

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