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Hodgson has no regrets

April 11, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Roy Hodgson says he has no regrets about leaving Fulham for Liverpool despite enduring a dismal spell at Anfield.

Roy Hodgson
GettyImagesRoy Hodgson enjoyed great success during his time with Fulham

Hodgson to boss Fulham legends

Hodgson was named PFA Manager of the Year as he led Fulham to the Europa League final last season, but his reputation suffered as Liverpool struggled in and around the relegation zone after he replaced Rafael Benitez. He has since taken charge of West Brom and enjoyed a hugely successful start, taking the club into the top half and almost certain survival.

Nonetheless, ahead of his return to Craven Cottage manage a Fulham legends team for a one-off Football 40 charity event on May 29, he insists he has no regrets about taking on the Liverpool job.

"I have terrific memories working for Fulham, so many good, so many positive memories," Hodgson said. "I hope a few of the Fulham fans who come to see the legends team have similar memories of myself.

"It is a fair question to ask whether I regret leaving Fulham. I never regret anything in life, and I knew that if I didn't take the Liverpool job it might never come again and I might live to regret that.

"I was pleased to have been made an offer to manage Liverpool football club, and I would not regret that. It is such a big club, such an enormous club, but I would say it is fair to say that I would not have left a club I loved to work for like Fulham unless it had been for a club like Liverpool.

"So, under those circumstances, no, I don't regret going to Liverpool."

He added: "When Bobby Campbell told me about Football 40 and the charitable aspect involved, I was delighted to accept and it is fortuitous that I will be around at that time as I would normally be off on holiday, but I will be at the Champions League Final at Wembley for UEFA, so it was a nice invite to accept the day after to return to the Cottage.

"It's nice to be back, yet it wasn't that long ago that I was there, and I feel honoured to be considered a legend of the club, so I accepted it with modesty."