We have a feeling that down the road Alan Pardew would just love to become the England manager.
Roy Hodgson leaving Wembley yesterday
And it’s not surprising that Alan has been watching the developments at the FA, since they parted ways with Italian Fabio Cappello in early February – but it’s been like watching paint dry, and nothing much has happened since Fabio left on February 8th.
But the FA moved quickly yesterday, and spent four hours in meetings with the very experienced and current West Brom Roy Hodgson, and there is likely to be an announcement today that Roy is the new England manager.
It doesn’t look like the favorite Harry Redknapp, is even going to get an interview, as the FA seem to have zoned in on Hodgson, as the man to take England forward.
The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew thinks Roy will be a good appointment:
“I was slightly surprised, but within the game I don’t think there’s going to be any doubt that he can do a great job for England,” “You never know until you actually get into the position, but he has all the credentials to be an England manager.”
“I’ll certainly be willing him on as an England fan and hoping that coming in late, he has a big impact on the squad for the Euros. That can sometimes happen, as Roberto Di Matteo has proved at Chelsea.”
“I think it’s a job that carries a certain pressure and responsibility that perhaps only an older manager can do.”
Harry Redknapp was as upbeat as ever on the news, when he was at Spurs training ground yesterday, and if he was disappointed he didn’t show it, and Harry had this to say about Roy’s pending appointment:
“There’s no problem. If Roy takes the job I wish him all the best. He’s a great guy.” “I’m sure he’ll be a big success.”
“I think there’s some fantastic players in this country, some young players coming through, some great experienced players.”
“I’m looking forward to the European Championship, looking forward to watching it.”
Unfortunately for Newcastle, that probably means Spurs will give Harry a new contract soon to take Spurs forward, so the London side will remain a good one, if indeed Harry stays past a year come June, when his current deal runs out at Tottenham.
It seems we are going to have a new England manager today, after going almost 12 weeks without one – and it will be interesting to see what Roy has to say in the expected news conference today.
We are England fans and we wish Roy Hodgson all the very best, in what is one of the most stressful football jobs in the world.
It’s almost as stressful as being the Newcastle manager. 😀