The FA have announced Roy Hodgson as the new England manger ahead of favourite for the job, Harry Redknapp.
It has come as a surprise to many that the FA have approached Hodgson for the job, as Redknapp was widely reported to be the front-runner. However, the FA were unsure as to whether the Spurs manager shared their views on the National Football centre in Burton and felt he may not have been able to lead from the front on the issue. Redknapp may have also felt he had unfinished business with Tottenham Hospur, as he tries to guide them to their first league title in over 50 years. The FA have been quick to point out Hodgson’s previous international experience in charge of the United Arab Emirates, Switzerland and Finland.
Yesterday, Hodgson held an extensive four hour meeting in front of an FA panel consisting of David Bernstein, FA general secretary Alex Horne, FA director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking and managing director of Club England Adrian Bevington. Bernstein said, “Roy is the only manager we have approached and we remain on course to make an appointment within the timescale we set out.”
The FA was given permission to approach Hodgson by West Brom on Saturday. Hodgson’s current contract is due to end on June 30th, however Jeremy Peace, West Brom’s chairman, is hopeful he will stay at the club,
“We have emphasised to Roy how much we would like him to remain as our head coach and continue his major contribution to our project at the Hawthorns as we look to establish ourselves as a Premier League club. “
Although he is vastly qualified to take the England job, having managed thirteen different club sides, including four Premier League sides and Inter Milan, some will still cite his disasterous five month stint at Liverpool as reason to be wary of appointing Hodgson. However, I personally don’t think this was entirely his fault, as the fans didn’t want him, the club was going through a difficult takeover deal and the team was unwilling to adopt his methods.
Hodgson is to be tied into a long-term contract with the FA, which is expected to terminate after Euro 2016. This would allow him to firmly establish the new centre of excellence at Burton and should result in his taking charge of three major tournaments.
His official announcement as England manager is due took place at 16.00 today (Tuesday). He will now take charge of one of England and one of the highest profile management jobs in the world.