Roy Hodgson admits he was "wounded" by events during his time at Liverpool which culminated in him being sacked after only six months in charge.
Hodgson is back in football just 37 days after being shown the exit door at Anfield in charge of West Brom. He prefers to look to the future rather than reflect on his spell with the Reds. But Hodgson is honest enough to concede his pride was hurt although his self belief has not been affected.
"I didn't feel drained but you do feel wounded," he said.
"I have had a very good spell in my career and it's a long time since I have had a very serious knock-back so, when it comes, it wounds you.
"You wouldn't be human if it didn't but it hasn't dented any confidence or belief. But I can't lie and say it didn't hurt me, or I didn't care, because, of course, I care.
"I care very passionately about my job and I care about football and I have had an awful lot of praise. So, when you get the opposite, it's not something you particularly embrace, but, if you've got half a brain, you accept that as being part of the job or par for the course."
Hodgson admits he feared his days at Liverpool would be numbered after the departure of owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett and feels more wanted by the Baggies.
He said: "The people who wanted me at Liverpool didn't last too long. The people who employed me didn't stay for too long. The new owners found themselves in a difficult situation because we weren't winning enough games and the fans were making it perfectly clear they wanted me gone and somebody else in.
"To be fair to them, they were in a very difficult situation. I can't for one minute suggest I was wanted at Liverpool.
"But hopefully everyone will accept this club made a considerable effort to get me and worked hard to persuade me to come and try to help preserve the status so, of course, I feel much more wanted. But I have been lucky. I felt wanted at Fulham and there aren't that many clubs where I haven't felt wanted."
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