...and no one else could do any better.
That's what's frustrating. I think Roy has guessed NESV's hand- who wouldn't. He knows its not possible for him to stick beyond the season(hopefully before that) and he really is defending he's tenure ahead of his departure.
He knew from day one that he was a replacement manager- a short term replacement. When new owners came in, I suppose one would not have much fear for losing your job, since you've accepted it from the beginning and then there is the pay-off, which will soothe any hit on your "pride". The rest of the world knows you're a caretaker- a "steady hand", so you're covered. When Roy looks back over his time at Liverpool FC, he would prolly like to think- and remind the world- that he guided us through this very hard time. The respect that would earn him is so vital for his Ingurland future, it doesn't look like he's going to allow anyone outside LFC to be in any doubt as to the important work that he's doing here during this "very hard time" for LFC. Like the Inter-job. When he was appointed, a lot was made about his "transition" work at Inter.
I cannot for the life of me think that NESV has ever seen Roy as a long-term manager- mainly because of the type of appointment he was and who appointed him(the "bad short term decisions" that were made..) They have backed him in public, but Comolli's appointment ahead of anything else shows they needed someone else's(a very close someone) constant input other than Roy's.