Roy Hodgson has a clause in his contract meaning he could be replaced if Liverpool comes under new ownership, chairman Martin Broughton has revealed.
Hodgson, just three months into his reign at Anfield, is under fire following a dismal start to the campaign which sees them in the Premier League relegation zone and out of the Carling Cup.
Reports this week suggested New England Sports Ventures could exercise a get-out clause, believed to be £3m, and replace the Englishman with their own man if the £300m takeover goes through.
And Broughton, brought in last April to find a buyer for Liverpool, has now confirmed the existence if the clause.
He told the Daily Mail: “Roy knew when he signed from Fulham that we were in the process of finding new owners.
“He was fully reconciled with the possibility there would be an ownership change and the risk involved with that.
“With that in mind, provisions were made in Roy’s contract to relate specifically to any change in ownership.”