Hodgson arrived at Liverpool in the midst of incredible turmoil on and off the pitch:
* Demoralised team after a horrible final season under Rafa Benitez, which ended with failure to qualify for the Champions League.
* Many players clearly unhappy, including Fernando Torres.
* Boardroom turmoil off the pitch, leading to the much publicised distraction of a court case.
None of this cuts any ice with Liverpool fans though, but if it was Kenny Dalglish in charge at the time, they'd be pushing the same 'excuses' as valid reasons to defend him.
Holloway always has good things to say about Liverpool, and in his column for The Mirror, he came to Hodgson's defence, arguing:
"Let’s be honest, Liverpool were in one helluva mess. The furore surrounding the change of ownership had torn the club apart, but Roy Hodgson never really stood a chance.
"Roy is a top manager. He was the right man for the job – but it came along at totally the wrong time. And in football, like life in general, timing is everything".
Hodgson is at West Brom now, and he's doing a great job by all accounts. It's depressing to note that the Baggies are only 4 points behind Liverpool in the Premier League table at the moment, having scored more goals overall and won the same amount of games.
Ultimately, Holloway believes Liverpool made the right choice appointing Dalglish, and he's full of praise for the man:
"Kenny is like Sir Bobby Robson was and Sir Alex Ferguson still is. He has football flowing through his veins. I celebrate my 49th birthday a week tomorrow. But even at my age I still have my heroes, and Kenny Dalglish is one of them".