FA appoint Roy Hodgson as new England manager



Hodgson (pictured) was reportedly the only candidate that was interviewed for the vacant national team managerial role


By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor 

The Football Association have confirmed the appointment of Roy Hodgson as the new England manager succeeding Fabio Capello in the hotseat.  

The 64-year old West Bromwich Albion boss has signed a four-year contract to become Three Lions' head coach replacing Italian Capello who surprisingly resigned from the job in February after four years at the helm. Hodgson, who held talks with the FA over two days at Wembley Stadium, will remain in charge of the Baggies' last two Premier League games of the season against Bolton Wanderers and Arsenal. He will officially leave the Midlands club on 13th May on the final day of the campaign after fifteen months at the Hawthorns while his contract runs out at the end of June although the club have agreed to release him to prepare for Euro 2012 in Poland & Ukraine.

West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace stated that he is "sad to lose Roy" and "a tough act to follow" while "understanding Roy's desire to take the England job" and saying that he will leave the club with their "best wishes". He also appreciated the fact that some of Hodgson's focus over the next two week will be focused on England matters but expressed his delight that he will be "seeing out the season with us". Peace continued to say that the board will now concentrate on "the important task of appointing a new head coach to continue the project as we prepare for a third successive season in the Premier League."

The FA acted to appoint Hodgson, who has experience of managing 18 different teams including three national teams in a coaching career spanning 36 years, despite the widespread calls for Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp who was the overriding favourite for the job nevertheless they have stuck to their words by choosing an Englishman to take over. His contract runs into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the European Championships in 2016. England have upcoming friendlies against Norway on 26th May and Belgium at Wembley on 2nd June before his first tournament match at Euro 2012 against France on 11th June.

In a statement, the FA said they were "delighted" with the appointment of the former Fulham, Blackburn and Liverpool manager. "Hodgson has won a total of eight league titles in a distinguished career, and coached the national teams of Switzerland, Finland and the United Arab Emirates," it added. "Along with his vast experience of international and European football, Hodgson is the only English manager currently working in the top flight to have won the League Managers' Association Manager of the Year award."

His distinguished managerial career includes the four Premier League clubs mentioned above, international head coach with Norway, Sweden and Switzerland while he has also been in charge at Inter Milan, Grasshoppers, FC Copenhagen and United Arab Emirates.


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