The FA gave done it again, as they seem to have surprised everybody by appointing Roy Hodgson as the new England manager.
Roy Hodgson – new England manager?
Roy is extremely experienced, there’s no doubt about that, and he has already managed three countries in International play – Switzerland, United Arab Republic and Finland.
Hodgson has also managed around 15 different club sides in his 36 years in football management, including Inter-Milan, Blackburn, Fulham, Liverpool and West Brom.
This is the news today in most of the papers, although the English FA have not made any formal announcement yet on the actual appointment.
This was the only statement put out yesterday by the FA on their web-site:
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.”
Most English fans had expected Harry Redknapp to be appointed, but it seems that FA have chosen the cheaper option, with Roy’s contract running out in June, and Harry has one more year left on his deal at Tottenham.
Rumors were that Tottenham would have demanded significant compensation if Harry was appointed the England manager, but Hodgson is the only person the FA have approached, and he spent four hours in meetings yesterday.
The English players had probably been expecting Harry to have been appointed, so it is now up to Roy to pick a squad for the European Championships that take place in Poland and the Ukraine this summer, and England’s first game is against France on June 11th – the first match of Group D.
Other countries in Group D include host country Ukraine and Switzerland, a country Roy once managed.
The news today is that former Newcastle manager and current Birmingham boss, Chris Hughton, is the favorite to take over at West Brom.
But Chris has Birmingham in the Championship play-offs in 4th position on 76 points, and if the Londoner can get Birmingham promoted, he may want to stay at Birmingham.
But Chris has again showed himself to be an excellent manager this season, getting Birmingham high up in the league table, after he had lost so many of his players when he was appointed last summer.
There are exactly six weeks to go before England’s first game, so you cannot accuse the FA of not appointing a manager soon enough. 😀