In addition to our weekly football phrases, we sometimes feature football language that appears in the media and today we look at some of the language connected to Roy Hodgson’s dismissal from his position as Liverpool’s boss. You can find many more examples by going to our football clichés page here and our huge football glossary here.

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The big football phrase of the day is to leave the club by mutual consent thanks to the story that Roy Hodgson has left his job as manager of Liverpool football club. Sometimes managers are fired or sacked due to poor performances; other times they resign because of pressure or they want to go somewhere else but this expression suggests that both sides, Hodgson and the owners, have agreed on this decision. Indeed, on the club’s website the Liverpool owners were quoted as saying that “both parties thought it in the best interests of the club that he stand down.”

However, with Hodgson under intense pressure over the team’s low league position and media speculation suggesting his position was untenable, this phrase may simply be a nicer way of explaining that he was actually sacked. He is not the first manager to leave Liverpool under such circumstances, with former boss Rafael Benitez also leaving by mutual consent.

Example: Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder leaves club by mutual consent (Eurosport, March 13, 2021)

Example: Antonio Conte leaves Inter Milan by mutual consent with Simone Inzaghi set to replace him (Sky Sports May 27 2021)

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