Cole shows support for Hodgson

The coach may not be feeling the love of the Liverpool fans at the moment, but he does have the support of his players.

Joe Cole, above clebrating his goal against Bolton, says Roy Hodgson, the Liverpool coach, still has the full support of his players despite their poor season.
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Roy Hodgson may not be feeling the love of the Liverpool fans at the moment, but he does have the support of his players, according to Joe Cole.

Hodgson has endured a torrid time since taking over as manager at the Anfield club in the summer, and there has been heavy speculation that his days in charge are numbered.

Even a much-needed 2-1 win over Bolton Wanderers - achieved by Cole's injury-time goal - did little to quieten the whispers of his impending departure.

New England Sports Ventures, the new owners, are said to be considering who is the best man to lead the club forward.

And if, as it seems, Hodgson is not to be that person and no suitable replacement can be found quickly, there is the option of bringing in Dalglish - the last Liverpool manager to win the title - on a short-term basis.

But Cole, who tapped home from close range in added time to snatch three points against Bolton, insists the squad are doing their best to ease the pressure on Hodgson.

"We are all behind the manager. We all want to put this club in the right direction and keep working hard," he said.

"We are out there playing for the shirt and the manager. We have all got to stick together because there is no one bigger than the club.

"It is not just the newspapers, none of us like losing and getting criticised but half the battle of modern day football is dealing with pressure and kicking on. We are pleased for the fans, the owners and the manager but we have all got to stick together and kick on from here, it can't be a false dawn."

Meanwhile, Hodgson received a further boost as Jose Reina, his goalkeeper, revealed he is happy to stay at Anfield despite reports linking the Spaniard with moves to Manchester United, Arsenal and Barcelona.

"I'm tired of rumours linking me with many teams in England and abroad," Reina told The Daily Star. "I am a man of my word and commitment. I will honour my contract with Liverpool.

"Stories of these offers are not true. I have not spoken to anyone - ever - and I am 100 per cent a Liverpool player.

"Since I've been here I've found an incredible passion, more than I thought from Spain.

Liverpool are next in action on Wednesday against Blackburn Rovers.