The electronic firing squad

 One wonders if this is the way Grady Little found out.

Over the weekend, Red Sox owners John Henry and Tom Werner, they of the New England Sports Ventures, owners of sports franchises around the world, relieved embattled Liverpool coach Roy Hodgson of his duties, much to the joy of soccer fans in England. It wasn’t a surprising move, as the Liverpool faithful had been peppering Henry on Twitter over the last month to fire poor Roy. What was sort of a surprise, however, is the way Henry and Werner reportedly handled the firing: Via e-mail. 

Of course.

According to a report overseas:

Hodgson was at his Merseyside home on Friday night when he was alerted to a message sent by Anfield owner John Henry and Tom Werner, the chairman of New England Sports Ventures.

The e-mail informed Hodgson, 63, they no longer had faith in his ability to take the club forward and that he was being relieved of his duties.

Hodgson alerted his legal team and immediately began the process to agree a £3 million compensation deal which was sealed late yesterday morning.

But it is understood senior figures in the League Managers Association are furious at the way Hodgson was sacked.

And they believe the shabby manner of his dismissal was disrespectful to an experienced manager of his standing.

Well, that’s classy. Hang on, I’ve got a text coming in…

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