Roy Hodgson hot favourite to be England manager after FA announcement
Roy Hodgson’s managerial career began in 1976 when he took charge of Swedish club Halmstad and the 64-year-old has gone on to manage teams such as Inter Milan, Udinese, Fulham and Liverpool.
April 29th, 2012
Hodgson is currently in charge of West Brom, although it appears he is the FA’s number one choice as England manager, with the FA requesting permission from the Midlands club to speak with someone who has previously managed Finland and Switzerland.
FA chairman 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 colleagues before any further announcements can be made.”
Hodgson is generally recognised as being a successful manager, despite a poor spell in charge of Liverpool recently which went some way to tarnishing his reputation.
West Brom said in a statement: “The club are in negotiations with Roy about a new contract – his current deal ends on June 30 – and remain very keen to bring these talks to a successful conclusion.
“However, Roy has expressed a desire to explore this opportunity and, accordingly, the club have granted him permission to speak to the FA.”
Peace added: “Roy has done a fantastic job over the past 15 months and the fact the FA want to discuss the England role with him is testament to that.
“Roy is a proud Englishman and we can understand why he wants to speak to the FA about this highly-prestigious managerial position.
“However, 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.
“Everyone here has an excellent working relationship with him and he is immensely popular with our supporters.”