Hodgson, not Harry, for England
Well that was a turn-up for the books wasn’t it? It turns out that all the while we were thinking that Harry Redknapp was a shoe-in for the England job, the FA had other plans.
April 30th, 2012
It turns out that in their quest to find somebody to take on the job that nobody in their right mind would want to take on, the FA believe that Roy Hodgson is the man who should be handed England’s most poisoned of poisoned chalices.
In fairness to Roy, he has a few things going in his favour. He has a pretty impressive CV at both club and international level, having managed Finland, the UAE and Switzerland previously. His CV also includes clubs like Inter Milan, Udinese, Fulham, Liverpool and Blackburn.
Oh, and there’s also the small matter of him not costing £10m, given that his contract at West Brom runs out at the end of this season.
So Roy will have the task of taking a team of players who believe their own hype far too much and are nowhere near as good as the press and fans make them out to be, and making them slightly less of a national embarrassment. Unfortunately, the last time he took charge of a team of players who believe their own hype far too much and are nowhere near as good as the press and fans make them out to be, he happened last just 31 games as Liverpool manager.
Hodgson has arrived at Wembley for talks and is likely to be announced as Fabio Capello’s successor within the next 48 hours.
FA suit David Bernstein, one of a four man panel who will interview Hodgson, said: “Roy is the only manager we have approached and we remain on course to make an appointment within the timescale we set out,” in a statement that saw bookmakers across the land brief a huge sigh of relief.