I remember reading a year or two back that of all football 'fans' in the country about 15% supported LFC.
Now, if you work for a national TV station/radio (which obviously pays more than local radio/TV), are you going to last longer pleasing the 85% or the 15%.
Sad fact, but true.
In some cases, such as John Aldridge, you can please the locals when you're talking to local radio/LFC.TV AND then say something entirely different when you're talking to the 85%, such as your national Irish newspaper column.
Hansen's another interesting case. His BBC columns are usually much different to when he is in the Liverpool matchday magazine.
There are very few ex-players in the media who I listen to. I always make sure I know what they are saying and in what context. Phil Thompson is one who will stick up for the reds generally, even on a national broadcaster such as Sky. David Fairclough, similarly.
Aldo, Lawro, Barnes, Hansen, Neal, Beglin, Houghton, Whelan, Souness all play to their galleries. They should remember which club helped get them their jobs in the first place.
Top post JD, and bang on the money, only last week against Blackburn Hansen sat on the fence in MOTD studio, he usually says how it is but not that time, it seems pundits ex-players and the like dont like to critisize fellow professionals like Hodgson in our case, anyone to a man could recognise where Hodgson was going wrong but yet wouild'nt tell it how it was, strange when those professionals had played in teams who were successful and were aware of how some things work and some dont, again in our case we have people like Hansen, Lawro, Beglin, Souness, Aldo, Barnes, Houghton et al all backing Hodgson and being sympathetic, inheriting a crap squad etc etc, but not one says his tactics were sh*t, he played to defensive or too negative.