Hodgson’s Liverpool Future Is Secure, Guardian Says: Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.

Hodgson Safe

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has been told his position is secure by the club’s prospective new owners and will be given the chance to lead the team’s recovery, the Guardian reported.

Chairman Martin Broughton said John W. Henry’s New England Sports Ventures, which agreed to buy Liverpool for about 300 million pounds ($476 million) yesterday, has no desire to change the manager even though Hodgson has overseen Liverpool’s worst start for 57 years, the newspaper added.

“There is a commitment to the manager,” the Guardian cited Broughton as saying. “They are very happy that this manager is the right person to take this club forward.”

Goal-line Technology

Soccer world governing body FIFA will approve the introduction of goal-line technology this week, the Sun reported.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter will head a two-day summit in Zurich beginning today to discuss the best system to introduce, the newspaper added. As many as 16 different ideas will be put forward at a meeting of the International Football Association Board, soccer’s rulemaking body, on Oct. 20, the Sun said.

Benayoun Blow

English Premier League leader Chelsea may be without Yossi Benayoun for several months after the Israel Football Association said the midfielder has a ruptured Achilles tendon, the Independent reported.

Benayoun, who joined his national squad this week for Euro 2012 qualifying matches, had a scan two days ago that revealed the injury, the newspaper added. Chelsea said on its website it will assess the player when he returns to the London club’s training ground at the weekend.

United Lacking

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson criticized his team for lacking a killer instinct after drawing four of its seven Premier League games, the Sun reported.

“This present team does not kill off sides as well as they should,” the Sun cited Ferguson, whose team trails leader Chelsea by five points, as saying. “That’s the one area where I would like to see an improvement.”

Rooney Slide

Wayne Rooney’s personal fortune fell by 12 million pounds to 25 million pounds according to FourFourTwo magazine’s latest U.K. soccer rich list, the Guardian reported.

The Manchester United striker slid to 89th from 65th in the overall list and three places to sixth in the player rankings, the newspaper said. David Beckham remains atop the players’ list even after his estimated wealth dropped by a fifth to 100 million pounds, the Guardian added.

Manchester City’s Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan tops the list as the richest club owner with a fortune of 20 billion pounds, while England manager Fabio Capello is valued as the richest manager on 36 million pounds, the newspaper added.

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