Liverpool Set to Name Roy Hodgson New Manager

The man credited for bringing Fulham one win away from winning the Europa League title this year is headed to Anfield. Reports said Fulham coach Roy Hodgson is set to replace Rafael Benitez at Liverpool.

Hodgson has been touted as the Reds’ new manager ever since the team parted ways with Benitez to the tune of a $9-million severance pay. Benitez, who was hired by Internazionale Milano earlier this month, left Liverpool after the Reds finished a disappointing seventh place in the Premier League.

Hodgson has recently seen a revival of his popularity after he helping Fulham out of what first appeared to be certain relegation in 2008. He guided the Cottagers to their best-ever Premier League finish of seventh place in 2009 before helping the west London club reach their maiden European final when they beat Hamburg, 2-1 on aggregate, in the 2010 Europa League semifinal. Although Fulham eventually lost to Atletico Madrid in the final, 2-1, Hodgson went on to win the LMA Manager of the Year Award.

Hodgson, who had two stints with Inter Milan in the 1990s, is also rumored to be the top contender for the England job if the FA decides to let go of Fabio Capello following the early exit of the Three Lions at the ongoing World Cup.