Roy Hodgson in all likelihood should have managed his last game as Blackburn felled Liverpool, 3-1. The only thing extending his job in the very short term is there are no readily available options for the Reds. They could crank up an emergency call to Martin O'Neill or come back crawling on all fours to Rafa Benitez. Or bring in Kenny Dalglish, the club's icon. Maybe Juergen Klinsmann can be lured back to managing. All these choices will require convincing.
Martin Olsson opened the scoring aided and abetted by some horrendous defending by Glen Johnson and then it was Benjani, resurrecting his once promising career striking twice for Blackburn. Stevie Gerrard managed to claim a consolation goal.
At the press conference, Hodgson refused to answer questions about his future:
"I am not prepared to talk about that because I am depressed enough with the performance and result," Hodgson said.
Another ex- Liverpool manager is feeling the heat. Under Gerard Houllier's tenure, Aston Villa have gone south. This time they lost to Sunderland. They're now firmly in the relegation zone.