The FA announced on their website, that they have made an approach to West Brom to make Roy Hodgson the next England manager. Yes – Roy Hodgson – not ‘Arry Redknapp. Here is the statement in full:
West Bromwich Albion have today granted permission for The FA to speak with Roy Hodgson regarding the position of England Manager.
This follows an approach from FA Chairman David Bernstein to West Bromwich Albion Chairman Jeremy Peace.
David Bernstein said: “I’m grateful to Jeremy and all at West Bromwich Albion for their co-operation in allowing us to approach Roy, who I have since spoken with. Roy is the only manager we have approached and we remain on course to make an appointment within the timescale we set-out soon after Fabio Capello’s departure. Further conversations will now take place with Roy and my Club England colleagues before any further announcements can be made.”
The 64-year old’s contract at WBA expires on 30 June, negating the need to pay his club any compensation. That would not have been the case with Redknapp – who was highly speculated by the press to fill the role. He would have cost the FA upwards of £8m to secure from Spurs. Was money the motivation for the FA to chase Hodgson instead of the hugely popular ‘Arry? Possibly.
However, it’s not the first time the FA have looked at Hogdson for the England job. In 2000, he was one of three candidates for the role. Eventually it was won by Sven-Goran Eriksson.
Hodgson may not be the most popular choice amongst England fans, but he is a no-nonsense coach with a great mind for the game. An old school manager that lists Inter Milan, Liverpool, Fulham, Udinese, Blackburn, Switzerland and Finland to name but a few on his managerial CV.
England to win the Euros? Il Trap will never allow it.