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Hodgson gets England job

2012-05-01 16:14

London - Roy Hodgson was appointed England manager on a four-year contract, the Football Association announced on Tuesday.

The West Bromwich Albion boss emerged as the surprise front-runner for the England job on Sunday as the FA confirmed it had ignored the popular clamour for Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp to be appointed.

The FA has scheduled a press conference at Wembley at 16:00 on Tuesday.

Hodgson held around four hours of discussions with senior FA officials at Wembley on Monday, paving the way for the 64-year-old's appointment to the most demanding role in English football.

Since Italian coach Fabio Capello resigned as England manager in February, in protest at the FA's decision to strip John Terry of the England captaincy, Stuart Pearce has been in caretaker charge of the national side.

That is despite the former England defender also being the manager of England's Under-21s and the British Olympic team.

Concerns have been raised about the FA's 'delay' in getting a permanent manager on board so close to the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine, where England begin the tournament against France in Donetsk on June 11.

Hodgson's first game as England manager will be the warm-up match away to Norway in Oslo on May 26.

That is followed by another friendly, with Belgium at Wembley on June 2, before their Euro 2012 opener.

An FA statement said Hodgson would see out the current Premier League campaign with West Brom, who have two games left to play.

Hodgson's emergence as the successor to Capello has brought a mixed response from fans and the media, with a lingering sense of incredulity that no approach had been made to Redknapp.

However Hodgson, who was sacked by Liverpool after only six months last season, received support from fellow managers including Bolton's Owen Coyle.

"I am absolutely thrilled," Coyle said. "If Roy decides to take the job, there is no doubt he ticks every box in terms of what England are looking for.

"He has a proven track record and international experience. Obviously people made a lot of Harry being the favourite and I think you have two outstanding candidates there."

Meanwhile England's 1966 World Cup final hero Sir Geoff Hurst insists Hodgson can help England mount a credible challenge at Euro 2012.

"Whether we had a manager or not, I still think we are capable of getting at least to the semi-finals," said Hurst.

"I don't see any reason why we can't get to that level and if we can, you never know what could happen.

"Roy has not been involved in the preparations to date and that's not ideal.

"When you have a manager in place quite a while before, the preparation is going to be very natural, as it was with us in 1966.

"But, in some respects, I see that as a positive.

"It might take the pressure off, certainly from the media and the fans, to be successful this year."


AFP

Comments
  • Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-05-01 17:23

    Eish,another flop of a coach for England.What a surprise choice

      christo.t.ferreira - 2012-05-01 18:37

      He took Liverpool from hero to zero in four months . . . . Poor England

      christo.t.ferreira - 2012-05-01 18:37

      He took Liverpool from hero to zero in four months . . . . Poor England

      Sean - 2012-05-01 23:31

      Times have changed , looks like the FA will never undertsand that !! FFS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Sean - 2012-05-01 23:31

      Times have changed , looks like the FA will never undertsand that !! FFS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Shannon - 2012-05-02 01:54

      Shame ppl give the guy a break!!! Best of luck Roy - Don't listen 2 the haters!! A few notes...Liverpool were already in crisis when he arrived, the fans were against him from day1, they were selling the club & he was given almost no funds. Kenny Dalglish has gotten 100m pounds and he is still finishing same spot as Hodgson. Capello, a Champs League winner, La Liga winner & Serie A winner got England no-where. Problem is with the English media culture and spoilt brat players, not the coaches.

      Shannon - 2012-05-02 01:54

      Shame ppl give the guy a break!!! Best of luck Roy - Don't listen 2 the haters!! A few notes...Liverpool were already in crisis when he arrived, the fans were against him from day1, they were selling the club & he was given almost no funds. Kenny Dalglish has gotten 100m pounds and he is still finishing same spot as Hodgson. Capello, a Champs League winner, La Liga winner & Serie A winner got England no-where. Problem is with the English media culture and spoilt brat players, not the coaches.

  • Rob - 2012-05-01 17:48

    Crazy !!!!

      Bob - 2012-05-02 09:43

      Rob, shocking decision, probably the worst choice they could have made, typical FA they always pick somone squeeky clean nice guy, thats why the likes of Brian Clough never got the job, Harry would have been the best choice I reckon.

      Bob - 2012-05-02 09:43

      Rob, shocking decision, probably the worst choice they could have made, typical FA they always pick somone squeeky clean nice guy, thats why the likes of Brian Clough never got the job, Harry would have been the best choice I reckon.

  • morne.mars - 2012-05-01 18:00

    i think they spun a wheel and his name came up!

  • morne.mars - 2012-05-01 18:00

    i think they spun a wheel and his name came up!

  • morne.mars - 2012-05-01 18:01

    i think they spun a wheel and his name came up!

  • Dhirshan - 2012-05-01 18:52

    no wonder england keep flopping! what has this guy achieved that counts? epl fans probably still think england stand a chance at euro 2012 against spain, holland, germany, france, italy . . .

  • Kevin - 2012-05-01 18:53

    no hope for England

  • nacerodien - 2012-05-01 19:28

    Hodgeson please leave Rio Ferdinand out of your team, then you stand atleast a chance of progressing beyond the group stage!

  • Craig - 2012-05-01 21:07

    England ..................fat into the fire...................

  • Jim - 2012-05-01 21:44

    Pathetic Manager - 64 year old has been

  • Maama - 2012-05-02 10:22

    poor england that is all about being a racist a italia was the best man for that post because of this and that uve replaced him with abriton ull be like South Africano way sa can be in top ten this kind of adminstration and poor,race management where u cant let the foreign nationals to play for bafana then the locals can learn some from them because locals alone nothing will ever come from them.

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