10 Jun 2015

'I love Liverpool': CL winner confirms he's 'definitely interested' in joining Liverpool as Rodgers' assistant

After FSG's ruthless excision of Mike Marsh and Colin Pascoe, there are vacancies to be filled on Liverpool's management team. Reds legend Sami Hyypia is one of the names in the frame to take over as Rodgers' assistant, and the big Finn as confirmed that he's interested in a return to Anfield.

When asked this week about becoming Liverpool's Assistant manager, Hyypia admitted that he'd 'definitely be interested', in the role, and made it clear he's happy to take a step down. He enthused:

"It would be great to work for a club which I love. If there were no interesting opportunities as a manager, I'm ready to be an assistant. That sort of role would give me a lot of experience. It wouldn’t be a problem for me"

I only have one thing to say about this: Hell yes! Sami is one of my favourite Liverpool players: a superb footballer and a real gentleman, who embodied everything that was great about the club.

Liverpool still miss his imperious presence at the heart of the defence, especially his commanding aerial ability; organizational skills; leadership qualities and overall calming effect on the defence.

I doubt this will happen, though. Unless Liverpool appoint an assistant over the manager's head (unlikely), Rodgers will have final say on his next assistant, and he won't want to have a popular Liverpool legend in the background just waiting to take over.

That's exactly what will happen if Sami becomes Rodgers' assistant: as soon as Liverpool hit a rocky patch, fans will call for the big Finn to take over, and given his standing amongst fans, it'll be hard for FSG to ignore the clamour for change.



Rodgers will go for someone who is no threat to his position, and if it's an ex-Red, it'll probably be someone like Robbie Fowler, or Bolo Zenden (who is also linked with the Assistant Manager role). Neither of those has any managerial experience, and as loved as Fowler is, the chances of him becoming Liverpool manager are slim to none.

On the subject of Pascoe and Marsh: Liverpool's silence continues to be deafening. As yet, the club has failed to release an official statement on the matter, and FSG also remain conspicuously silent on the subject of Rodgers' future.

To be honest, if Rodgers has any sense of duty and personal responsibility, he'll fall on his sword instead of allowing his assistants to take the fall for his failures. Why should Marsh and Pascoe pay the price when Rodgers is mostly to blame?

The buck stops with the manager, but in this case, Rodgers is clearly happy to watch on as his loyal assistants are thrown under the bus, and that leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Whatever happens, I'd absolutely love to see Sami back at Anfield, and if anyone can solve the perennial problems affecting Liverpool's defence, it's (probably) him.

Author: Jaimie K



34 comments:

  1. if he did the same thing to his players... i.e. throw them under the bus... whole season... why should it stop with them come in pascoe and marsh... despicable, embarassing actions by a manager caught out of his league... i agree with your view jamie... its been clear for a while now that BR does not like to be overshadowed hence the crop of players we have now with no real voice... bar skrtel... so i doubt hypia will come in... pako has distanced himself from the offer as rumored by other sources sooooo the future is bleak at LFC

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  2. Considering that Hypia didn't do great in his first stint as a manager, he needs to learn from some top class managers. Rogers is still too green as a manager to provide the skills he would need, I do feel that as time passes he can improve as a manager and could be world class as he gets more expericne. If we do replace Rogers and get in a world class manager such as Carlo Ancelotti or Jurgen Klopp then it would be perfect to have Sammi come back. If this doesn't happen then Sammi would be best place to head over to Rent a Team with Rafa to learn the tricks of the trade. We need experience and success to get back to winning trophies.

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  3. Ray Wilkins said on talkpsort that he would of walked if his backroom team was axed. If Hyypia become n.o 2 then it will only be a matter of time before Klopp gets the job as Sami would be the perfect person to help Klopp make the transition from German football to the English game by using his own experience of playing/managing in both countries.

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  4. God I've seen it all. Micheal Owen now telling LFC fans Sterling is no great loss if he continues to act this way...

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  5. I thought we should've approached Sami even before Marsh and Pascoe were sacked. Now it's a no-brainer

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  6. lady.b.ird 💋1:33 am, June 11, 2015

    Well I hope it's not down to Rodgers to pick his assistant, why the hell should he?, typical Rodgers scared of the competition, every GREAT manager wants the best management team around him.
    Christ this stinks of Ego not logic.

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  7. I still feel Rodgers should fall on his sword, during the big meeting Rodgers had with FSG I still struggle to understand how between them they came to the conclusion that Pascoe and Marsh had any tangible reasons to carry the blame on why our season went so wrong? These two men only acted on instructions from Rodgers and even Stevie G is baffled as to why the got the elbow and would like to hear why?

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  8. voice of reason3:57 am, June 11, 2015

    borini's agent is now claiming we have kept his agent 'like a lion in a cage' um lion....

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  9. Come back, Sami! We are desperately in need of your expertise to fix that pathetic ultra-pervious defence. Even though the future is bleak for the club but nonetheless still a decent job to take on.

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  10. More along the lines of ''Kitten in it's litterbox''

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  11. voice of reason5:10 am, June 11, 2015

    idk who borini's agent is trying to fool he should've gone sunderland... except he wanted to do a jose enrique.. speaking of which when does his contract expire

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  12. voice of reason5:10 am, June 11, 2015

    i dont know who borini's agent is trying to fool he should've gone sunderland... except he wanted to do a jose enrique.. speaking of which when does his contract expire

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  13. voice of reason5:24 am, June 11, 2015

    has the moderation gone up on the site

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  14. It's amazing how agents twist the facts ,Liverpool was wanting to sell him and told him he is no 4 striker BUT wanted to stay , now it's the managers fault ? Crazy !

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  15. I wouldn't if I were Sami. Rodgers won't last more than a year with another summer of rubbish transfers like Ings, Milner and Bogdan and he'll be out the door again when the new manager comes in. I'd wait till he does.

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  16. B R should have walked

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  17. relative to Suarez.

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  18. To be fair Rogers, marsh and pascoe all should have gone and FSG should appoint Jurgen Klopp the new Manager with Sammi Hypia his number 2 and bring in Robbie fowler as a third man, who would no doubt show our front men how to put the ball into the opponents net. sammi would have our defence playing like a propper top flight team and Klopp would have top class players coming in without having to pay rediculous amounts of money for mediocre no hopers, its a "win" "win" situation in my opinion. Rogers without Suarez and for best part of last season sturridge had nothing to show for all the money he has spent on too many over priced and again in my opinion poor signings, so he must do the honorable thing and resign, we has Liverpool supporters deserve better and A yes man isn`t good for LFC we need somebody with balls, who can make decisions and if in there own decision making, things go wrong will stand up and be accountable for them, unlike Brendan Rodgers thats that.

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  19. thexcuriousxwanderer9:06 am, June 11, 2015

    I actually like Owen's comments no matter how ludicrous he sounds sometimes. He's not trying to stir up shit but just saying very unpleasant truths. Quite a few of them are spot on too.

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  20. thexcuriousxwanderer9:20 am, June 11, 2015

    well he has to work well with him. Pep's assistant and fitness coaches are one of his best friends.

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  21. Owen is a decent pundit sometimes. Much prefer his view to Carragher's.

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  22. I'm more shocked that it's coming out of Owen's mouth of all people...

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  23. Firstly, I think it's a little harsh to accuse Rogers as idly standing by as his backroom staff is let off. Among those who have been more calculated in their outlook of the post season requirements, it has been clear that if Rogers stayed a fair amount of the backroom needed to go - they became bigger yes men than BR himself and that's not how you progress and develop a team. FSG's ability to identify that and act on it should be commended. Leaving the same structure in place would have seen us continue to struggle next season.


    Secondly, Hyypia is the obvious choice. BR has shown he can get players to play attractive attacking football but the lack of goals from set pieces and the porous defense are arguably our two biggest weaknesses as a team. Sami will improve both those aspect and, in tandem with BR, the team should be able to play a more cohesive game next season. I don't think BR should much say in this unless it is clear they both ideologically can't work together. Should we get big sami, he'll be my signing of the summer for sure (unless we miraculously get Martinez- who l believe will take us to the next level)

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  24. voice of reason5:18 pm, June 11, 2015

    because u can feel BRs pain in this recent pic from droppiing his backroom staff

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  25. Haha, that's great!


    I don't think he was letting them be the fall guys but more-so FSG thinking BR can still do the job at the club while recognizing the backroom needs to be changed so BR is challenged to succeed. I'd liken it to the way Migs has no real threat so he played very inconsistent until he was dropped - firing the backroom is FSG saying "don't get too comfortable" and hopefully we see similar results.


    Sami coming in and forcing him to think outside his comfort zone might do the trick and lay the foundation to us becoming a team solid at the back but also dangerous going forward. Total guess but that's how I'm looking at it and have been for a while so I'm assuming FSG is looking at the situation in a somewhat similar fashion

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  26. voice of reason6:09 pm, June 11, 2015

    oh ok cool... i thought u were defending BR and his shambolic decision making... at times i remember last season and I want to give him a chance... i want to put my blind faith in him once again... try to read between the lines for hidden meanings in Echo and LFC articles but my mom always used to say actions speak louder than words.... if i was in a situation where i let down millions of fans would i be out gallivanting.... NO... Ibe shows what needs to be done sit down buckle up and do the extra work needed... yh i get you have to relax and go on vacations but imo if u had a daughter or son and they failed there entire first year at Oxford/Harvard whatever elite university... would u be ok with them going out on vacation still.... or would you prefer to see them boycott there vacation to get a head start for the next season as Ibe has done... BR needs to go he's not ready yet

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  27. While not enthused with Rodgers, I find it amusing the suggestion he should be honorable and resign. That would nulify his pay out clause in the contract. I'm sure all of you would walk away from 3+ million pay out. Sami would be wonderful...so it won't happen.

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  28. Well we've already given him the benefit of the doubt and another season. It's been a long campaign and how my child (manager) chooses to use their vacation is up to them. However, it should be clear that this is their last chance and if they mess up then they'll be kicked out of harvard/oxford (liverpool).


    Adding more stress on the man will only hurt his decision making going forward for us but he's a professional and should know how much time he needs to rest and also how much time he needs to get the lads ready for next season. Not a lot of people get second chances at oxford and Liverpool, but like my son, BR better make the most of this second chance because there will almost certainly be no third chance.

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  29. voice of reason9:43 pm, June 11, 2015

    i like how u played along with my reference... and with logic like that i cannot fault u... i can't do anything FSG has made there statement i guess so i will stand by the team BR not so much... and your right i can't tell him how to live his life but some humility wouldnt hurt... Ibe is taking extra training why can't BR do the same... sigh heres to hoping for the best for season 2015/2016

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  30. NonEventHorizon9:43 pm, June 11, 2015

    We should of got Steve Clarke while he was out of a job, but Hyppia does feel like a good fit. Anyone seen anything else on the Pako links? Both of them back at the club would be massively "stabilising" for us supporters, assuming Rodgers can sell his brand of football to them (good or bad that it is haha)

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  31. I feel a little like last year when I didn't know whether we'd do well or falter significantly. Still a lot of time for BR to prove himself in the transfer window but regardless always hoping the best for our red-men. YNWA!

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  32. voice of reason2:55 pm, June 12, 2015

    i am hoping for the best too but these transfers dont help with the faith

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  33. Sami was a terrific player - no doubt about that. The defence has never recovered from his departure.

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  34. It was the manager's fault for never playing him when he had absolutely nobody better. Could Borini have done worse than Balo? No, nobody could.Personally I will laugh a lot if Borini goes somewhere else and scores against Liverpool - as Crouch did. He was another one the club treated abominably.

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