Hodgson to be next England manager

In a shock move, the FA has approached Roy Hodgson to be the next England manager. It was a job that many had assumed was Harry Redknapp’s for the asking. Instead the FA have narrowed their search down to the experienced West Bromwich Albion manager.

FA chairman David Bernstein conformed that Hodgson was their choice. "I'm grateful to all at West Bromwich Albion for their co-operation in allowing us to approach Roy, whom I have since spoken with," said Bernstein. "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."

Hodgson is out of contract at West Brom at the end of the season, making it a far more straightforward and inexpensive appointment than Redknapp. Cost is not the main recommendation though.

Hodgson has unrivalled experience of world football, having managed in Sweden, Denmark Norway, Switzerland and Italy as well as holding national team jobs with Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Finland.

Critics will be quick to highlight his failure at Liverpool, where he left after only six months. That should be tempered with the fact that his successor, club legend Kenny Dalglish, has done little better, despite considerable investment in new players.

Instead the FA have chosen to focus on what he has achieved at Fulham and West Brom. A manager who can bring the best out of average players may be just what is required in the England post.

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