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