Soccer

Hodgson gets England job

2012-05-01 16:14
Roy Hodgson (AFP)

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."


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