Roy Hodgson appointed England football manager
Support grows for West Brom boss, who will take over national team this month
ROY HODGSON has been appointed England football manager after agreeing a four-year deal with the FA. The news was confirmed ahead of a press conference at Wembley on Tuesday afternoon.
The former Fulham and Liverpool manager held talks with the FA selection panel on Monday. The Guardian reported: "Hodgson and his agent, Leon Angel, returned to Wembley on Tuesday morning to finalise terms and agree a long term deal that will take him through the next three tournaments, including the 2014 World Cup in Brazil."
Hodgson will see out the season with his current employers, West Bromwich Albion, before taking over the reins with England ahead of the Euro 2012 tournament. His first game in charge will be a friendly against Norway in Oslo on 26 May. His first home game comes when Belgium visit Wembley a week later.
The initial reaction to news that Hodgson was the prime candidate for the England role was underwhelming, but there has been a groundswell of support for the 64-year-old today. "Congratulations to Roy Hodgson on being England's new manager. It's not the manager who needs to win me over it's the players," tweeted Sky Sports News presenter Simon Thomas.
And echoing the thoughts of The Week's Neil Clark, who yesterday backed the intellectual Hodgson over fans' favourite Harry Redknapp, Henry Winter of The Daily Telegraph said the appointment showed that the FA were planning for the long term. Hodgson will take over just as a National Football centre, St George's Park, in Burton opens for business. "Hodgson embodies this shift in English thinking, a desire on the FA's part to push for an age of enlightenment," said Winter.
The FA obviously felt that Hodgson had more relevant experience than Redknapp. He has managed 18 sides, including three national teams, and has sat on Uefa and Fifa technical study groups. "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," added the FA.