Hodgson Talks Down Liverpool Link, Jol Flattered

One name that has surfaced surrounding the coaching job at Anfield is Roy Hodgson, the current Fulham manager who, two years after a miraculously saving the Cottagers from relegation, has the London club in the Europa League final.

With Fulham scheduled to play Liverpool-slayers Atlético Madrid in the Hamburg final, Hodgson has found his name linked with the job at Anfield, amidst speculation that Rafa Benítez is done.

On Monday, Hodgson tried to put distance between himself and a departure from Craven Cottage:

“I am happy here at Fulham. I have got a contract here at Fulham. I am happy with the job I am doing,” said Hodgson.

“My name is sufficiently strong at the moment to be linked with other jobs and, of course, that is flattering and it is nice to hear.

“But as far as I am concerned it is speculation because I am at Fulham.

“We all prefer praise to criticism and love to hatred. It would be ludicrous to suggest I am not enjoying people saying and writing nice things about me and the team.

“But I am trying to keep a level head and keep things in perspective.”

On person who has not been as coy about a connection with Liverpool is current Ajax coach Martin Jol. The former Tottenham boss, just days after being edged out for the Eredivisie title by Steve McLaren’s FC Twente, called his Liverpool link “flattering:”

“Liverpool are one of the best clubs in Europe and it is flattering to be linked with them,” Jol told the People.

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