Roy Hodgson is under great pressure to save his job as manager at one of England's biggest clubs Liverpool. Fans at the club have now launched an online petition to test the strength of fans' contempt towards the former Fulham boss.
Following Wednesday night's humiliating 1-0 defeat at the hands of bottom-of-the-table Wolverhampton Wanderers, fans now want Hodgson out. He has only been in charge six months but his reign at the club has been less than successful - they currently lie 12th in the English Premier League table.
Only this morning Hodgson apologised to Liverpool fans for any offence caused by his comments after the home defeat by Wolves and then vowed he will not quit, reports BBC Sport. It was Liverpool's eighth defeat in the league this season and many angry fans chanted, "Hodgson for England" throughout the game. The chants however were not meant to be complimentary, rather a sarcastic call for the beleaguered manager to go and manage the national side, leaving Liverpool to appoint a new manager.
Sportsmail reports the Reds currently sit just three points above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone after a disastrous start to the campaign. So far thousands of signatures have been added to the petition which includes a 3,000-word accompanying letter explaining just why they want Hodgson removed. The letter also points out Hodgson's inexperience at top level, his poor relationship with the media and fans alike as well as his lack of quality signings. It also pleads, "'Mr Hodgson asked to be judged after 10 games. We have given him 18 and he has provided the worst start to a league campaign for 57 years. Even by his own measures, he deserves to go.'
Hodgson must now face a huge challenge to raise his badly deflated players for the Bolton game, at home, on New Years' Day which starts a defining run of five matches in 15 days. Liverpool will also face a trip to Blackburn Rovers on January 5 followed by an FA Cup third-round tie against Manchester United on January 9 before league games against Blackpool and Everton.