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England gamble on 'safe option' Hodgson

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Phil McNulty | 20:37 UK time, Sunday, 29 April 2012

All roads appeared to lead to Harry Redknapp as England's next manager - but it now looks like Roy Hodgson will be plotting England's route through Euro 2012.

The emphatic tone of Football Association chairman David Bernstein's statement painted Hodgson as the first and only choice to succeed Fabio Capello rather than a smokescreen to flush Redknapp out of White Hart Lane.

Tottenham manager Redknapp may have been "The People's Choice" when Capello quit in February but it appears the FA's four-man selection panel of Bernstein, FA general secretary Alex Horne, director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking and managing director of Club England Adrian Bevington have opted for the conservative approach.

Roy Hodgson watches West Brom.

Roy Hodgson is an experienced manager but struggled at Liverpool. Photo - Getty images

Those who expected the FA's kingmakers to bide their time and move through the motions before inevitably appointing the popular name and flavour of the month will have been taken by surprise. This is the "safe hands" choice rather than the populist one.

Behind the scenes, the FA has always appeared relaxed and confident about fulfilling the timeframe of making an appointment towards the back end of the Premier League season, allowing the new man to arrive in the final stages of planning for Poland and Ukraine.

Now, barring any late snags in the further negotiations between Bernstein and Hodgson on Monday, it is the experienced 64-year-old who will make the next move in a nomadic career by taking charge of England.

Hodgson's likely appointment will disappoint Redknapp's many admirers, who felt he had the personality, approach and man-management skills to conclude his own managerial career at national level.

And yet as Spurs failed to receive an approach and the FA's publicly-stated deadline approached, Hodgson emerged as their favoured choice and the pieces slotted neatly into place on Sunday night.

Hodgson will fit much of the criteria set out by the Football Association as they pieced together their identikit successor to Capello.

He is experienced, has a background in international management with Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and Finland and has a career at club level that has taken him around Scandinavia through Inter Milan to Blackburn Rovers, Fulham and most notably - and most miserably - Liverpool before arriving at The Hawthorns.

He will also embrace the FA's national football centre at St. George's Park in Burton that is seen as central to its future planning. Redknapp may have been regarded as someone who wanted to make the senior team his sole focus.

And, perhaps not insignificantly, Hodgson will not come accompanied by a large compensation bill as he is out of contract at The Hawthorns on 30 June. The FA would have had to enter talks with one of the toughest negotiators around in Spurs chairman Daniel Levy had they pursued Redknapp.

Hodgson still regards himself as a coach rather than a manager but it remains to be seen whether his slavish attention to detail, repetitions, drills and pattern of play are met with more approval and success than they were during his ill-fated spell at Anfield, where his charges of course included key England figure Steven Gerrard.

The news of the FA's approach to Hodgson was not greeted with unanimous approval but his supporters, and there are plenty, will point to his work with Fulham as their benchmark. He rescued them from relegation before taking them to the Europa League Final in 2010, where they lost to Atletico Madrid.

He is a sound tactician, urbane, multi-lingual and behind the "Uncle Roy" image lies an ego and self-confidence that will not allow him a shred of doubt about his suitability for England. For the FA, Hodgson will represent a polished and respected front man while at the same time someone who is still willing to get his hands dirty on the training pitch and have input into shaping St. George's Park.

Redknapp's good relationship with the media was regarded as a factor in his favour when the succession to Capello was being discussed. Hodgson is also approachable and has media supporters who will be more than happy to back his claims against those who feel the FA has played the safety card.

There is, however, an element of high risk too. The doubters were out in numbers as soon as the FA's choice was revealed and they were understandably pointing to Hodgson's failure in arguably the biggest, most-pressurised, job he ever had when he succeeded Rafael Benitez at Liverpool in 2010.

Hodgson was, in some respects, a victim of circumstances. A low-key figure who came in below the radar of the expectations of Liverpool fans, he was not helped by being chosen ahead of Anfield icon Kenny Dalglish - who made his desire to take the job clear.
Liverpool were also going through a period of uncertainty and ownership change, with John W. Henry eventually taking over from fellow Americans Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

What cannot be disguised, however, was how quickly Hodgson found himself out of his depth at Liverpool, struggling with the constant pressures and daily scrutiny of an unwieldy - and at times dysfunctional - footballing beast.

It was a surprise to see a man of such experiences seemingly unable to grasp the meaning of the giant club to their supporters. It is this that those who worry about Hodgson's choice will point towards.

These are the sort of pressures, and more besides, that he will face with England. Hodgson has renewed his reputation with his work at West Brom - but the pressure for success there is almost on a different planet to the hopes for England. A glance at his career suggests Hodgson's best work is done away from the spotlight that will be so relentless and unforgiving with England.

Hodgson seemed a man shocked by the intensity of the Liverpool job. In that respect it may be the ideal preparation for what awaits him when he walks into Wembley.

He may even regard the brutal Liverpool experience as a lesson learned late in his career and one that will prove invaluable in his new role. There will not be a honeymoon period here, though, as a fast start is needed at the Euros.

Hodgson regarded Liverpool as the pinnacle of his career - now he has climbed even higher as he prepared to ascend to the England job. The FA must hope the safe choice proves the successful one.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    Better choice than Redknapp. Good luck Roy. You deserve the opportunity.

  • Comment number 2.

    Terrible choice, organised but dull, and not ultimately winning football.

    It's Greenwood rather than Clough all over again.

    If they don't want, or can't get Redknapp, then why not Hoddle? He's experienced at top-level tournaments, astute tactically and his man management skills will have improved with age.

    Nothing to look forward to this Summer.

  • Comment number 3.

    @ #2 Did we have anything to look forward to anyway?

  • Comment number 4.

    What has Redknapp achieved in the 30 odd years as a manager? FA Cup... Thats about it I think? His only big club job was Spurs and with a good start has gone a bit pear shaped. You say Liverpool was the most pressurized job he has been in - did you not here he managed Inter Milan (after managing Switzerland) thats a bigger step up than Fulham to Liverpool, so I think Hodgson is not only a safer bet than Redknapp but also a 'better' bet, he is more astute tactically and has proved time and time again that he can change poor teams to punch above their weight

  • Comment number 5.

    Hodgson has no chance, not because he cant manage but because he is not the media pick. As with Capello he will be shredded unless we win every game 3-0 plus. As to Hoddle? A man who hasnt managed this millenia, yes that would be a forward step

  • Comment number 6.

    Disappointing appointment to be honest, I think the FA all sat down and looked at who would be the cheapest option after the ast disaster that was fabio cappello and his ridiculous salary. Hodgson, was the second favourite as the second criteria that the new manager had to meet was that he was english. a very distant second behind harry and probably with good reason if the liverpool experience is anything to go by for roy.

    But hopefully not and roy will work a miracle ( and it really would be a miracle) and get england out of their group at the euos let alone win it

  • Comment number 7.

    What is wrong with the FA? They know the peoples choice is Redknapp and the backlash on Hodgson will resemble McClarens reign. It is almost impossible to succeed as England manager and if you dont have the backing of the fans (Hodgson wont) they he will fail.
    Liverpool all over again.

  • Comment number 8.

    A BBC pundit last week, said that the Liverpool job went wrong because the players couldn't relate to Roy's desire to have each individual player know exactly what their role was and be disciplined in performing it. This gave me that the impression that Roy worked well with players who knew their limitations and were prepared to take instruction, not players with massive egos who think they are far better than they are. Therefore, I can't see him succeeding in the England job.

  • Comment number 9.

    I can't say I'm convinced Hodgson will be the best option, but I think it's a lot more about how we play rather than who is leading us. I think we're doomed to fail if we try to play like Spain, but if we play our own game we might have more of a chance...

    http://samhopwood.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/english-football-substance-over-style.html

  • Comment number 10.

    I have nothing against Hodgson becoming manager except that it seemingly eliminates other potential hires such as Pardew, Redknapp and Pearce, although Pearce has already bowed out.

    What angers me is the total lack of understanding of what we need in this position. We continue to look for the right personality instead of the right manager. We talk about "who the fans want" and "the player's candidate" which is a total crock. No other business hires it's CEO's that way so why should the FA.

    I'm hoping that the FA are waiting for Newcastle and Spurs's seasons to conclude before they announce Redknapp and Pardew's candidacy.

    If after that, they determine Hodgson to be the man, then all well and good but let's not play these silly mind games in the shadows without doing due diligence.

    http://www.soccerlimeyinamerica.com/?p=3586

  • Comment number 11.

    Of all the people you could ask to be England manager, they've gone for Roy and I really hope this is joke just to fool our ever knowing media whilst they get their real target.

  • Comment number 12.

    Good luck Woy!

  • Comment number 13.

    Ooops sorry, typo.

  • Comment number 14.

    A fair choice. He's actually won things as a club manager AND got a country punching above its' weight internationally.

    Anyone got a better suggestion at this stage for somebody who knows what he's doing?

  • Comment number 15.

    Regardless of how you feel about Hodgson, can we just get behind the team now? We werent going to win anyway so give some backing to the new manager, hopefully see some new ideas and if he's really rubbish there will be someone else for 2014 quals

  • Comment number 16.

    4 Hodgson was barracked out of inter milan by the fans because his style of football was so negative. That's in Italy, where defensive strength is prized. Redknapp may not be many people's ideal choice, but the stark facts are there. Hodgson manages to take players who should be finishing in the bottom eight and get them to mid table. He takes players who should be winning trophies and makes them into defensive no-hopers. He has one tactic- sit deep, and hope not to concede then maybe steal a goal on the counter or more likely from a set piece. This is not winning football. Redknapp, on the other hand, takes good players in some cases great players, and moulds them into a team that plays football. You can't judge a potential International boss on whether he's won club trophies because the competitions are entirely different.YOu have to judge them on the type of football they play and the performances they get from players. Redknapp at Portsmouth, West Ham and Southampton , not least at Spurs now, produces teams of talented players who play good, attacking football. Hodgson is a massive step backwards and I would predict that not only will we look bad at the Euros under his stewardship, but we'll struggle to qualify for the World cup and he'll be gone within 30 months

  • Comment number 17.

    Roy Hodgson is as uninspirational as it gets for England. But England's players deserve no more. Certainly the administrators who run 'club England' don't.

    Safe pair of hands is a descriptive cliche that will be thrown about in the forthcoming hours and days, but a safe pair of hands for the FA only. He won't rebel like Capello, Hodgson will bend over and do whatever the FA wants him to do.

    The national team has become such a massive disappointment to everyone ever since the days of Sven, due to the inflated expectations. We haven't really played good football in any of those days since the early days of the Swede's experiment. We've a team of players, who cannot perform in a cohesive unit, and the grey area between the over-the-hill superstars and the up and coming young players is murky. Are we even sure that there is a generation about to emerge?

    Anyway, it doesn't matter now Roy is here.

    37 years wasn't it? 37 years of achieving, well, not very much. 6 months at a huge club like Liverpool calming expectations, preparing the team for a relegation fight, criticising players in public, but, being subordinate to the corrupt owners.

    England get what they deserve. And they deserve nothing.

  • Comment number 18.

    The real problem is who's going to appoint the next Shearer, Sherringham or Best?

    Those are far harder appointments.

  • Comment number 19.

    Hodgson wud b a gr8 appointment - Ben Foster will come out of retirement. Two decent keepers at least!

  • Comment number 20.

    comparing mclaren to hodgson is a bit harsh to be honest. Mclaren had only managed middlesborough, hodgson has managed all over the world with success especially with teams that aren't expected too e.g. switzerland and fulham. I'm a liverpool fan and felt for hodgson cos he wasn't given a chance but results were not great admittedly. it should be that cos england aren't really realistically going to challenge the biggest teams will help hodgson and the players go under the radar but it wont happen as has already been said he wasn't the "people's" choice or the medias.

  • Comment number 21.

    Although I don't think Hodgson is a particularly bad appointment, though I think it will be Liverpool all over again for him, I think that there really wasn't much else of a choice, seeing as how everyone wanted an Englishman (not that it really did have to be). I don't think Redknapp is a more qualified option, in fact if anything he is less so, and I'm not saying this as a Spurs fan who doesn't want him to go, though I am and i don't. What I am saying as a Spurs fan is that this was handled all wrong (as usual). It derailed Spurs season, despite the FA's best intentions, and all under false assumptions. They should have gone and got their man quickly and not allowed the situation to cause instability and confusion both at Spurs and within the England team regulars and hopefuls.

    Having said that, should Spurs get champs league football and England get to, at least, the semis, I will forgive all. I am as fickle and hopeful a fan as the best of them :)

  • Comment number 22.

    what a terrible terrible decision by the F.A. hodgson? really! and dont give me this rubbish about switzerland and inter milan since when have switzerland even been inside the top 50 ranked teams in the world hardly a high pressure position.and inter milan?well he only managed them for about 40-45 games through both spells, got nowhere and left.now remember liverpool? listen liverpool arent even a top 4 side anymore and they wasnt when roy was in charge either yet he still failed miserably.yeah stick at ur west broms,stokes,bolton he will do ok because he is a small time manager.me i would of liked to see harry get it but to be honest i would rather psycho of taken the job on full time instead of roy! and as somebody stated earlier its mclaren all over again he hasnt got the support before he starts the job never mind when we bomb out of the euros in the 2nd round if were lucky.very very dissapointed tonite all i can say is i hope theres a massive u turn and somebody else gets it step forward terry venables!

  • Comment number 23.

    I don't believe Redknapp was the people's choice, more the media's choice. Most people will recognize Hodgson's credentials as a top class manager.

    In regards to his period at Liverpool, I have yet to see a lot of evidence this season to suggest Hodgson was doing such a bad job at Liverpool, as 'King Kenny' does not to a seem to have offered much of an improvement.

    I am delighted that Roy is going to get the opportunity and I hope the 'egos' in the squad give him his due respect.

  • Comment number 24.

    Whilst not a fan of the FA, they were put in am impossible position with the media demand that the next manager be English - not exactly a surfeit of options there.

    I hope he does well, as he's a decent manager and comes across as a decent person, but I doubt he's the long term solution.

    And really, doesn't matter who is manager - the players haven't performed for ages, and there's the John Terry issue. Not just the court case, but he seems to delight in undermining anyone he personally disapproves of.

    The England job is a poisoned chalice at the best of times, and I think anyone is a fool for wanting it.

  • Comment number 25.

    This is almost certainly the right choice. Being realistic, England have zero chance of winning the Euros, aside from Rooney and Cashley, we just don't have the players to challenge the likes of Spain, Holland and Germany.

    Redknapp would have been a disaster. In a 28 year career he has won one trophy, and at Spurs he has proved himself to be poor tactically. His success is based on wheeling and dealing on the transfer market. Paying a fortune to Spurs in compensation would have been a complete waste of money.

    To have success England needs to invest heavily in grass roots football - training more coaches and providing better facilities. Hopefully the days of spending a small fortune trying to get a big name manager in order to paper over the cracks are gone.

  • Comment number 26.

    The nomad as England manager. English managers have produced a dearth of trophies between them, but it seems patriotism/jingoism has overruled any objective and rational decision making.

  • Comment number 27.

    We need to understand the England are barely a top 10 team anymore. At the moment the quality of players do no match those of the Spanish, Germans, Dutch etc etc. Therefore we need a manager that will organise, be tactically astute, get the most out of the limited talent pool we have. 'Arry's performance as Spurs boss this season has been iffy. Players in the wrong position. He can play nice football but he struggles when things go wrong, injuries etc. I'm mildly confident that Roy can do the job, blend the youth and experience. If he can't, it's England and we're used to disappointment!!!

  • Comment number 28.

    I guess im the only one disappointed Capello left, but wish he was leading us into this tournament still. Simply put he had the best win% of any England manager. Anyone who wants to argue about that is either sulking still about the world cup or buys into the tabloid vilification of media-unfreindly managers

  • Comment number 29.

    I was going to comment, but lbh, it's just too mind-numbingly depressing...

  • Comment number 30.

    Is Roy Hodgson going to overcome all of the national teams problems? No. Will he revolutionise youth development, so that England start to produce players who can play in a number of different ways and not just in straight lines? No. Will Hodgson limit the amount of foreign players in the greedy pl, often at the cost of English players who are just as talented? No. Will Hodgson take on the greedy pl and put England's concerns first? No. Will Hodgson get his paymasters to actually test the national team by playing away against Brazil and Argentina? No. Will Hodgson get more England players to play in Spain, Italy and Germany? No.

    Good luck Roy Hodgson, you will need it. At least its not that over-hyped car dealer Redknapp, hes got the gift of the gab but poor old Portsmouth are in the third division partly due to his chq book management.

  • Comment number 31.

    23.
    At 23:21 29th Apr 2012, sbache wrote:

    I don't believe Redknapp was the people's choice, more the media's choice. Most people will recognize Hodgson's credentials as a top class manager.

    In regards to his period at Liverpool, I have yet to see a lot of evidence this season to suggest Hodgson was doing such a bad job at Liverpool, as 'King Kenny' does not to a seem to have offered much of an improvement.

    I am delighted that Roy is going to get the opportunity and I hope the 'egos' in the squad give him his due respect.

    __________________________________________________________

    Roy Hodgson had Liverpool primed for a relegation battle.

    12th place and sinking, fast, when he was sacked. He should never have been appointed, and his awful tactics and the poor way he dealt with the fans and media shouldn't have been tolerated for as long as it was.

    Under Dalglish, however, despite the recent collapse in league form, Liverpool look like a team that can win trophies again, and how many sides can boast that in the last few years in English football? Not many.

    Plus, Dalglish has actually got experience of winning the league title, on multiple occasions, whereas Roy has never won anything in England.

    But there you go, ignorance will prevail.

  • Comment number 32.

    Still no goal-line technology, too many games in the season, Hodgson over Rednapp, it's almost as if the FA refuse to listen to the fans on purpose

  • Comment number 33.

    if the FA wanted Hodgson from the start, why have they waited till now to approach him? WBA have been safe for several weeks now, so they could have approached him some time ago without disrupting WBA's season.

    It smacks that their preferred choice(s) were either not interested, or not available.

  • Comment number 34.

    Can we just get the painful embarrassment of Euro 2012 out of the way and then move on to the Olympics where GB has a chance of winning things?

  • Comment number 35.

    I'll admit bias, as a fulham supporter. However this is a great appointment. Hodgson willl ensure England finally have a pattern of play. No more of this team of individuals.

    Whilst his teams can be defensive, this is usually the possesion way. Holding onto the ball constantly. When he was our manager Fulham attacked as a unit and played some great stuff, lots of interplay.

    And no more Glen Johnson, please. Defenders need to know how to defend.

  • Comment number 36.

    Hodgson is the obvious choice. The only other realistic option I think was Pardew - if you wanted a young manager with ability/experience. Hodgson will bring a calm, professional approach and a tactical now how from having worked across Europe. Importantly he has no skeletons in his cupboard and anyone who reads the tabloids knows full well that they will do their utmost to dig the dirt! Despite Harry's recent Not Guilty verdict; the media would soon try resurrecting stories about "Arry". Truth is that Redknapp for England was completely Media Driven based on 2 good seasons at Spurs. Lets get behind Roy - decent guy, respected and respectful; loads of football knowledge and will get England playing a more tactical game

  • Comment number 37.

    Terrible, terrible choice. Terminally average coach who has flunked the big tests - Inter Milan, Blackburn and Liverpool.

    A pessimist by nature, negative football and ultra-defensive. The players, the media and fans are going to hate him. I predict he won't last as long as the last imposter, McClaren.

  • Comment number 38.

    What's all this 'peoples choice' rubbish... many people I speak to think 'Harry' is no more qualified(and certainly less deserving) than Roy Hodgson to be England manager. Lets get one thing straight, to compare this to the FA not giving 'Cloughie' the job is more than a joke, its an insult...Harry is not(and never will be) in the same league as a 'Clough. Lets be real, by going 'English' the FA have limited the choice of appointing a top class coach/manager, but it could have been worse....Stuart Pearce could still be in charge. IMO Capello should still be the England manager, but they've probably got their ideal candidate....solid, politically correct, cheap, no baggage(or skeletons), and will do as he's told. But anyway, if we England fans are honest, we're not expecting England to get anywhere near winning anything anyway!! Good luck Roy

  • Comment number 39.

    I'm only afraid that now that the media's demand of their favourite man being given the job has been denied, they are going to target Hodgson at the first sign of trouble. Wouldn't surprise me if the journos soon started the usual hype to build up completely unrealistic expectations for the Euros and beyond, so that they can then crucify him for failing to meet them. The upcoming Euros should be nothing but experimentation and preparation for what's to come, give some young players a try, nothing to lose. Hodgson isn't going to bring the World Cup back, not sure if any manager could with the bunch of players, but he could actually build something and foundations for the future. If he is given the chance, that is.

  • Comment number 40.

    @31
    Fair enough.
    I am not suggesting that Hodgson was doing particularly well, but I am still not convinced Hodgson was given the time or support to deliver at Liverpool, but very few managers get time these days.

  • Comment number 41.

    Doesnt really matter anyway.. England dont have enough quality to win either these euros or next WC. Best chance was WC 2002..

  • Comment number 42.

    "struggling with the constant pressures and daily scrutiny of an unwieldy - and at times dysfunctional - footballing beast."

    I.e. I look forward to ripping him to shreds at every opportunity as he's an easy target. Unlike with "The People's Choice" (who puts quotation marks around a title they've devised?) 'Arry Redknapp.

    Think Hodgson is possibly marginally the better choice but neither are good enough. A manager with both their strengths may be up to the task of international management, but both of these fall short. Hodgson's CV is littered with an equal measure of great successes and spectacular failures, which have hardly taken place at the top tier of football in Europe. On the other hand, 'Arry has shown that he is tactically incapable.

    Don't know why there's such desperation to appoint an Englishman, people seem to forget that England's worst manager in recent times was an under-qualified Englishman thrust into the job because of his nationality (McLaren being the best of a bad bunch) and not Eriksson or Capello, but people want to do the same again even though most will acknowledge that their preferred candidate of the two is still far from capable? Strange.

  • Comment number 43.

    Even I believe that Redknapp was more the media's choice rather that a 'populist' one, and indeed it was extremely ironic that in January the same Spur's fans who didn't want Harry to leave for the England job, now after a dismal couple of months want him out. To be brutally honest, I don't see what manager can help England at the moment, as I just don't think they have the talent or the class to match the Spain's, Holland's, Germany's, Portugal's of this world. I agree @25, that England need a better grassroots football system, as with the current crop of players England have, they might as well forget about winning a major trophy in the upcoming years. I would be extremely surprised, if England even make it out of their group, and this is unfortunate, as I really want England to succeed, but I don't think that will take place in the near future.

  • Comment number 44.

    so negative is roys style of football i wouldnt be suprised in the least if we lined up without any forwards at all and played with 2 banks of 5 across the pitch

  • Comment number 45.

    It's a logical appointment in that he is the best English manager currently active - and that includes Harry Redknapp, whose CV isn't nearly as impressive.

    The media won't like it because he doesn't give them tedious interviews from his car on transfer deadline day.

  • Comment number 46.

    Pretty pleased if Roy does get it - I think he will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the post, both of which are crucial in tournament football (of which he has a good record). I also think the whole Burton situation makes him a better candidate than Harry and he's got the intelligence and vision to help put the blueprint together for England to succeed in the future.

    My only real reservation is that he's not much of a motivator and in the short term at least (i.e. the Euros) this is what we need the most - someone to come in and lift the players and provide that new manager "bounce" that requires real enthusiasm and positivity. That isn't Roy's style and as a result I think we might struggle to get out of the group considering the lack of preparation time he'll have, which ultimately means the players may immediately think he isn't up to it and thus the 2014 qualifying campaign could be fatally undermined before it even starts

  • Comment number 47.

    The best English manager is Alan Pardew. The league table doesn't lie.

  • Comment number 48.

    Remember the debacle of the last Fans and Media favourite as manager - Kevin Keegan.

    Roy is a good long term choice for looking at the structure of English Football and I can see him getting a position within the FA Technical team further down the line.

    Good Luck Roy

  • Comment number 49.

    @47. today, that would be Harry

  • Comment number 50.

    Hodgson is only the first candidate to be interviewed, unless I've missed something. Surely the FA will talk to others as well? It seems to me they're getting the ball rolling, and they're interviewing Hodgson now because the other likely candidates - Redknapp and Pardew - have got their hands full with their clubs' end-of-season run ins. Surely they're not going to limit themselves to just one interview for the most important job in the whole FA?

    I don't see why they need to make an appointment until after the Euros anyway. Pearce will do as good a job as anyone at this short notice, and the last thing a new long-term manager needs is a big failure in the first 2 months of the job - that is the risk if they make an appointment now.

    People have suggested that a lack of expectation will allow the players and manager more freedom to express themselves without the usual pressure, and therefore do well in the tournament. But that is a new expectation in itself and piles the pressure right back on the squad.

  • Comment number 51.

    I don't recall Harry Redknapp presiding over this wonderful free-flowing football some of you allude to when he was at Portsmouth.

    It's difficult to put out a boring team when you have players like Van der Vaart, Modric, Bale, Lennon and Adebayor. By that same token it's also rather difficult to get a collection of midtable journeymen to play like Barcelona.

    A good manager doesn't have a single footballing style which he tries to impose on players whose attributes clearly don't agree with it. But rather, he assesses both the players he has at his disposal, and the opposition which he will face on a given day, then choose a team and game-plan based on the above.

  • Comment number 52.

    The FA are a joke. Steve Mclaren was a disaster, Roy Hodgson is no better than Mclaren. Surely the FA looked at Hodgson's CV and noticed he was sacked by Inter Milan and Liverpool and hasn't won anything in the UK with any club. How inept do you have to be as a manager, maybe Mick Mcarthy deserves a shot or Alex Mcleish, or how about Roy Keane or Paul Ince, the UK is littered with failed managers.

  • Comment number 53.

    I find it hilarious each time the England manager topic comes up. I am Welsh but for the life of me can not understand the majority of English football fans.

    Firstly, you all rave about Redknapp. He is one of the most overated managers in history. Taken the best Spurs squad in years and wrecked it. Poor hindsight by selling many good strikers. At one point this season challenging for the title and now in battle just to get 4th. Would you really trust him in a World Cup semi-final? I may be wrong but didn't he contribute to several sides relegation. Spent millions for dud players at Pompey and look at them now.

    As for Hodgson. He was tucked up at Liverpool. The reality was Liverpool fans never wanted him due to their love of 'King' Kenny. Hodgson had a better win % than Kenny at Liverpool. If he was so poor at Liverpool why are they only 2 places higher than WBA yet spent £100 million. I noticed one said he did a poor job at Blackburn. He saved them from relegation one year and took them to top 6 finish. Did wonders with Fulham. Roy is the best candidate for the job.

    His problem is going to be dealing with the overated superstars such as Lampard, Ferdinand, Terry, Gerrard, who should be out of the squad. He must get rid of 'club england'.

    Anyhow I just wish fans could just see and admitt that Harry is no great manager and whenever he is losing in a match, sits there looking on doing nothing to change things.

  • Comment number 54.

    Id rather have Stuart Pearce than this boring failure.

    Either Harry Redknapp ot Stuart Pearce, but as usual the FA will do it their way.

    Lets not forget they chose Steve McClaren over Martin O Neill, based on an interview, lol

  • Comment number 55.

    Although I think it is a sensible decision for the FA to choose Roy, I can't see it working out. The press will already be sharpening their knives as their media 'darling' redknapp has seemingly failed to land the job. I literally cannot believe how redknapp has created this mythical reputation on the basis of one domestic cup. Ah well, at least Harry can focus on leading Spurs into financial ruin, just like he has done at every other club he has managed.

  • Comment number 56.

    @22 "...since when have switzerland even been inside the top 50 ranked teams in the world?"
    Err... when Hodgson was in charge. They were ranked as high as THIRD!

  • Comment number 57.

    People keep bringing up how badly Hodgson did at Liverpool but it has to be remembered that Dalglish hasn't really done much better with Liverpool than Hodgson did, perhaps worse. I know they have the possibility of two cups, but I'm guessing most Liverpool fans would still be extremely disappointed with a season where they'll finish 7th or 8th, maybe below Everton.

  • Comment number 58.

    I think this is a good choice. Safe but sensible.

    I'm fed up of managers with big transfer pots being lauded as potential international managers. I want a guy who can't buy his way out of trouble, who can work with the players he is given. That is exactly the situation the England manager finds himself in and exactly the situations Hodgson has performed in.

    His only 'failure' was Liverpool. The England job will be nothing like Liverpool, except for the obligatory hate from a fickle press pack of course.

    Redknapp is a great wheeler-dealer but no chance of that on the international stage. Hodgson or Pearce is the way and Hodgson is a fair choice. Pearce will hopefully stay in the setup to continue with the longevity of the FA's project.

    Please, please lets not expect too much this summer!

  • Comment number 59.

    The last wheeler dealer we got via spurs didn't exactly set the world alight and I doubt the current incumbent at spurs would do either.

    At least in Roy we have a decent man who could lie in bed straight

  • Comment number 60.

    The FA cannot appoint someone with a CV full of league titles and European successes. There aren't any such candidates available. Who are they going to ask, Sir Alex? Mourinho? Guardiola? Even Wenger is out of their reach.

    They've tried bringing in outsiders with success abroad and both Capello and Eriksson have failed to deliver. It needs to be someone who knows the English game, and it needs to be somebody who actually WANTS the job.

    This limits the choice to somebody without much silverware in their career history.

  • Comment number 61.

    The whole 'Redknapp for England' bandwagon was started and ran by the media. Now their beloved 'Arry' has missed out, I expect that more than ever before they will pile the pressure, hype and expectation onto Roy, and everything will collapse as usual.

  • Comment number 62.

    Hodgson has done a good job at West Brom and Fulham, but when it comes to managing at the highest level, he has been found wanting, as illustrated in his time with Liverpool and Inter Milan.

    The F.A were more bothered about protecting their reputation over the Terry incident, leading to the manager leaving just 4 months before a major tournament.

    And they've now approached Hodgson, which isn't a surprise to me, as he's someone who won't offend or question their authority.

    I just think the F.A are an absolute disgrace, as they always put themselves first, before the good of the game.

  • Comment number 63.

    thanks to the English fa,the whole world is laughing at the way they conduct business.the english fa should be put in the tower along with seb coe and the likes and throw away the keys

  • Comment number 64.

    And the hits just keep coming.... :-(

    Gutted tbh. Not Roy, please, not Roy.

  • Comment number 65.

    The FA has made to correct decision by choosing Roy Hodgson instead of Harry Redknapp. Redknapp hasn't had an experience as a manager at international level whereas Hodgson has had experience as manager at international level with Switzerland, UAE and Finland.

  • Comment number 66.

    Why oh why oh why are they making the same old mistake again and offering a four year contract to the next England manager.

    The contract should be until the end of the World Cup in 2014 and if he isn't successful (they need to define what is and isn't successful) he should be replaced immediately in preparation for the Euro 2016 campaign.

    Have the FA not learnt anything?

  • Comment number 67.

    Two words: Martin O'Neil

  • Comment number 68.

    I'm a great fan of Roy Hodgson as a manager of teams, international or domestice, where the expectations are low, and the players malleable to his tactics etc. That doesn't sound much like England to me.

  • Comment number 69.

    Dear, Oh Dear, Oh Dear.
    What is wrong with the FA?
    Why do they continue to make the same OLD MISTAKES?
    Hodgson will not move a mediocre bunch of players forward.
    Why not give him a probationary period of say 1 year and then
    make the decision on his continued appointment?
    It is the same old story. Get rid of this bunch of FA clowns.

  • Comment number 70.

    I will be searching ancestry.com for Irish relatives. I'm pretty sure that I have a second cousin who once sniffed a pint of Guinness which obviously makes me as Irish as Andy Townsend.

    Anyone who thinks that Paul Konchesky is worthy of playing for LFC should be managing a Sunday league team!

    Sláinte

  • Comment number 71.

    Good luck to Roy - I think he'll do as well as Harry. He has much more international experience, and allowing for the relative strength of their squads, has probably done as well this year with Wes Brom as Harry has done with Spurs (and as a Saints fan, certainly wouldn't regard Harry as a universal success, since we were relegated with him).

    Anyway, it doesn't matter much since we don't have any good players. Ferdinand, Gerrard, Cole, Lampard, Scholes I think were all international class, but their days are coming to an end. We have Rooney and maybe Joe Hart at that level, but no-one else (except possibly the injured Wilshire). Sadly, I think it's the most barren crop of English players for many years.

    So maybe Roy's strengths of organisation, etc are what we need, but that takes time and people used to playing with one another - which is never going to happen in just the next few weeks ....

  • Comment number 72.

    The job has always been a poison chalice.
    If it is Roy then it is a good choice as he has the experience on the international stage were as Harry doesn't and this is international football after all. Would have quite liked Harry but hey who ever takes over has a tough job, not just managing the team but the press and the fans expectations.
    PS Phil why the cheap shots at Roy "most notably - and most miserably - Liverpool" just because its the team you support, be objective in your writing don't be a hack. Managing LFC while in decline and transition is a tough job just as Kenny is finding out now. Will the King last the summer if Everton finish higher and when LFC finish 40 points behind the champs?

  • Comment number 73.

    Roy's a decent manager. The way that Liverpool fans treated him was nothing short of disgraceful, yet they unquestioningly back Kennysaurus Rex. :rollseyes:

    In the end, though, it doesn't really matter who's the manager, because England are just so terrible.

    I doubt that even Siddhartha Gautama Buddha could turn the utter dross of the Three Lions into anything more than a pub team.

  • Comment number 74.

    ok who is the best man for the job?
    redknapp? whats he won/achieved?
    roy never stood a chance at liverpool - they wanted dalglish....
    and to be honest, who would want the job?
    fergie? wenger? o'neill? mourhino?
    they would never take it on!
    good luck roy!

  • Comment number 75.

    Lets be honest if we really wanted to move england forward we would appoint Guardiola to oversee the youth develpment. An english version of La Masia would be very nice indeed. As for Hodgson, im willing to give him a chance, played good football at Fulham and wasnt really given a chance at Liverpool with what was quite frankly a shocking squad.
    Also in article i notice it refers to Gerrard as a key england midfielder....
    When will people learn that Terry, Gerrard, Lampard, Cole shouldnt be playing for england anymore.

  • Comment number 76.

    I'm sick of the gutter press and clueless journo's thinking they should have influence over the FA's decision. Well done the FA for sticking to your guns. The media obsession over redknapp has been laughable considering this is a man that has won 1 lucky FA cup in 30 years of management.
    England stand zero chance in the euro's though as the media will do nothing but undermine Roy's position from day one as he is not 'their choice'.

  • Comment number 77.

    The only possible way that England could ''do a Greece'' (eg. fluking a thoroughly unmerited European Championship title) is if they appointed Pep Guardiola - who is widely acknowledged as the G.O.A.T, in terms of football management.

    The sizzling Spanish studmuffin would even achieve success with the utter dross in the England team.

  • Comment number 78.

    77.
    At 01:02 30th Apr 2012, The_soul_patch_of_David_Villa wrote:


    The only possible way that England could ''do a Greece'' (eg. fluking a thoroughly unmerited European Championship title) is if they appointed Pep Guardiola - who is widely acknowledged as the G.O.A.T, in terms of football management.

    The sizzling Spanish studmuffin would even achieve success with the utter dross in the England team.
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    Oh dear, I do hope you're not going to start making expert predictions again...we know where that leads...rollseyes

  • Comment number 79.

    77. At 01:02 30th Apr 2012, The_soul_patch_of_David_Villa wrote:
    _____________________________________

    Guardiola's guile and grace certainly alluded him on Tuesday when was outwitted and outclassed by the domineering and decisive Di Matteo.

  • Comment number 80.

    I don't even think England should aspire to "doing a Greece". Winning tournaments is not within our reach. All I want to see is an England team that gives a decent account of themselves, and plays the type of football that represents our national league.

    I'd just like to able to enjoy watching them play for change.

  • Comment number 81.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 82.

    Anybody but Redknapp. He looks half asleep most of the time and just look how the Spurs have fallen apart lately. No Redknapp would never have made it. And Hodgson isn't the answer either, quite frankly with england it would take a miracle maker to get anything out of the players available today.

  • Comment number 83.

    This is what concerns me:

    "What cannot be disguised, however, was how quickly Hodgson found himself out of his depth at Liverpool, struggling with the constant pressures and daily scrutiny of an unwieldy - and at times dysfunctional - footballing beast.

    It was a surprise to see a man of such experiences seemingly unable to grasp the meaning of the giant club to their supporters. It is this that those who worry about Hodgson's choice will point towards."

    And then from the horse's mouth (on referring to his other big job at Inter):

    "There were autopsies after every game," he said. "They went through judicial processes all week, tearing apart every single aspect of the game and every single aspect of the performance - something I had been spared all of my life and I wouldn't mind being spared from it for the rest of my life, if I'm truthful."

    .....

    If big pressure and expectation makes him uncomfortable he is not the man to manage England. You could also argue that he has failed to deal not just with the pressure/expectation, but with the ego's of big players.

    Don't get me wrong, i think he's a decent coach. He is good when in the right role (i.e under the radar), but history tells us this isn't for him. An underwhelming appointment that will lead to an underwhelming Euro i'm afraid.

  • Comment number 84.

    Everyone who is cautiously optimistic about this news clearly didn't watch a Liverpool match for the 10 mins he was in charge last year. After having watched Fulham bore their way through the Europa League, and having watched West Brom achieve mid-table respectability since he took over, I can confidently conclude that Hodgson makes below average players average, as well as above average players. Take a close look at West Brom this year...that's exactly how he was trying (unsuccessfully) to get Liverpool to play, and that's how he will try to get the national side to play: everyone stick to your role/flank and try to pass it directly through the middle with no trickery for Odemwingie, I mean Rooney, to put in. Could not fathom a worse choice if I tried.

  • Comment number 85.

    53.
    At 23:57 29th Apr 2012, da82 wrote:

    As for Hodgson. He was tucked up at Liverpool. The reality was Liverpool fans never wanted him due to their love of 'King' Kenny. Hodgson had a better win % than Kenny at Liverpool. If he was so poor at Liverpool why are they only 2 places higher than WBA yet spent £100 million. I noticed one said he did a poor job at Blackburn. He saved them from relegation one year and took them to top 6 finish. Did wonders with Fulham. Roy is the best candidate for the job.
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    Just gotta correct you there. Roy did not and has not got a better win % than Dalglish. Unless 48.52% is in fact a lower amount than 41.94%

    Also where were Liverpool when Roy left? 5 points from the drop zone around 15th as I recall. The lowest they've been this season? 8th.

    Roy managed 1 away win in all competitions during his time in charge. Basically 1st half of the season. Dalglish in the other half? 4

    Yep poor in the league this season but unless my memory has gone I do recall they already have a cup in the bag and entrance into Europe next season regardless of the league position.

    Plus they have an FA cup Final this Saturday. I think most clubs would be more than a little content with that to put it mildly. Regardless of £100m spent

    After all you don't get trophy for finishing 2nd, 3rd 4th, 5th, 6th 7th etc do you? Nope

    It is all about wining trophies isn't it not just making pots of cash from playing in the champions league without actually wining nowt.

    Or maybe I'm wrong and IT IS purely all about making money??

  • Comment number 86.

    @82 the reason Spurs have fallen apart lately is because of the speculation that he was going to be the next England boss! Since then, they've been lacking penetration up front, toothless in midfield and disorganised at the back.

    Sounds like the ideal person for England.

  • Comment number 87.

    "When will people learn that Terry, Gerrard, Lampard, Cole shouldnt be playing for england anymore."

    Absolutely. Why pick a group of immensely experienced players who've not just won but lead their teams to the Premiership, FA cup, Carling Cup and Champions League multiple times between them? Particularly when you could pick the likes of, oh i don't know...

    no

    seriously

    i don't know?

    The fact of the matter is we don't have anyone good enough to replace them. That's why they're still being picked by people who actually know football. They may never win us the Euro's or a World Cup but they're still the best we have. Replacing them with players half their calibur won't improve us. People should just accept that sometimes the best you have isn't good enough.

    There are a dozen other countries in the world that have serious ambitions of winning the same title with every tournament that comes by. We aren't the worst of the bunch but there are certainly better. We don't have a divine right to win it just because the media tells us we do.

  • Comment number 88.

    So, Liverpool was "...arguably the biggest, most-pressurised, job he ever had..."? More so than Inter Milan? Of where Roy Hodgson himself told the BBC "There were autopsies after every game. They went through judicial processes all week, tearing apart every single aspect of the game and every single aspect of the performance..."

    Roy Hodgson's career has consisted of much more than just Fulham and Liverpool and should certainly be judged on more than his brief time at those two clubs.

  • Comment number 89.

    before Liverpool we all wanted Hodgson
    the media wanted Hodgson
    at the same point in the season where Hodgson got fired, Liverpool had 1 more point under Kenny
    Basically, Hodgson could do a good job. The 'backlash' is exactly the same now as the Scousers reaction when he got their job and to be honest its disgusting. Lets get behind him, see how he goes and judge him on results and I am not talking about Euro 2012 cause whoever got that job at such short notice was never gonna have a chance.
    As for he only knows how to play defensive football. I seem to remember his Fulham side destroying Juventus, not by 1 goal either.
    Give me a break, fickle football fans make me sick and I am a Villa fan so unfortunately I have to put up with way too much of it.
    Everyone has forgotten what support means, i suggest you look it up

  • Comment number 90.

    This will be a fantastic appointment. Harry Redknapp would have taken all his Tottenham boys, the likes of Lennon, Huddlestone, King etc. Im glad we will have a superb gentleman such as Roy Hodgson leading this beautiful country of ours. He has experience, and commands respect. I can see us being very difficult to beat. I think this may also lead to a comeback for Bobby Zamora. It would be quite fantastic if Roy chooses to build a team around Big Bad Bob. A nice solid approach from a man capable of achieving with a group of underdogs. We love you Roy! From Jasdeep Raja.

  • Comment number 91.

    I'd like to see an X-Factor style competition tasked with appointing the next England Manager, complete with phone-in votes and grillings from in-house experts McClaren, Hoddle, and Hoddle's faith healer. Perhaps the public could even select the team too, after all, the whimsical or popular choice might at least generate some excitement on match day, unlike the same jaded and apathetic relics trotted out by Club England -every-single-time-.

    On the off chance that the FA sees the above proposal as unacceptable, I might settle for a manager with some charisma. Perhaps somone who can inspire the fans with a little bravado and adventurous play, regardless of the results (lets face it, it's not like we're going to win anything). Maybe he might even get the players to look like they are trying.

    I dream that one day the FA will turn off Sky Sports News, straighten it's back, wax it's handlebar moustache one last time, and try to surprise us with some dangerous, unpredictable and exciting. Not Roy Hodgson.

  • Comment number 92.

    Cannot understand any of the anti-Hodgson mess the media has come up with. Labeling him as second choice even before hes appointed shows a lack of class from the BBC.

    I really can't see why the FA should love Harry as much as the media seem to. People seem to praise his man-management and motivational skills when Tottenham are winning, but its when they lose we see how good a motivator they are. Look at how SAF can persuade Berbatov to stay happy sitting on the bench. Tottenham's decision to sell during january (Corluka, Piennar etc) maybe shows an inability to motivate players; look at piennar's criticisim of squad rotation. Its easy to motivate those you keep in the starting XI, but keeping everyone happy is where you earn your managerial pedigree. Tottenham went from having one of the best benches in the Premier League, to a poor won over January. I think that was a bigger factor than the nonsense about the england job being a distraction which much of the media claim. Tactically Redknapp is occasionally defensively naive, which no one can criticize Hodgson for.

    Its better to have a defensive approach at international level anyway. If we want England to progress we have to be realistic and realize we're going to be facing teams with better quality than us, so i'd rather see a small-club mentality; accept your going to be outplayed for much of the game, but keep discipline defensively and counter attack

  • Comment number 93.

    @89. Your emotional diatribe about the cynical modern football fan was touching, though completely misplaced here. Hodgson at big clubs (Inter x 2 & Liverpool) averages somewhere under 30 matches before the boos rain down, Hodgson begins to berate and make personal attacks on journalists and is subsequently relieved of his post. This is contra the representation of some (here) that he is both a gentleman and possessing some great tactical nous to steady the ship and lead the team (any team) forward.

    He has never demonstrated that he can coach players of the highest calibre and when, for example, he tells the back four that they are not to cross the halfway line (as he did at Liverpool) international players themselves balk, then reject him and his pedantic, ultra defensive tactics. People that have seen Hodgen's handiwork are fearful and upset with this news, not because they are cynical or negative, but precisely because they are convinced that attractive, cohesive football is possible at the national level.

  • Comment number 94.

    OMG! probably the worst choice ever! - How can you be apointed England manager if you have won absolutely nothing in your managerial career? (Scandavian League titles dont count for me!) - Steve McClaren has won more than this man in leagues more prestigious! - and as for the Liverpool thing -

    A. Slating his players in the public? - i still remember the interview where he was asked about Paul Konchesky's bad form and is he a bad signing and he responded with something like "if Paul Konchesky is bad what about Glenn Johnson?" hahaha -

    B. his transfer policy - unable to keep superstars: (Macherano) and sign players nowhere near good enough for Liverpool in Poulsen, Konchesky, et all -

    C. another transfer point: One of his claims at Liverpool was he was given no money or time to bring in his own players - HE WAS GIVEN 25million and he brought in 7 players!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    D. The tactics he was playing: Ultra defensive, play on the counter with no speed? - in otherwords - defend, hope and pray for a goal from a lucky ricochet or set piece - Liverpool fans wasn't happy when they won let alone when they lost - it was the worst brand of football from any Liverpool side ever - worse than Graeme Souness! (at least he tried to play football) -

    E. This whole "liverpool fans didn't give me time, they always wanted Kenny Daghlish" - I suppose that explains why Gerrard Houllier and Rafa Benitez was given 5 years of great support where their names were sang every week then doesn't it Roy? it's not like Kenny Daghlish was even competing with him for his post! - this all became an excuse when Kenny expressed his desire to mnager Liverpool again knowing he'd have a chance at doing so with Liverpool deep in a relegation battle and playing the worst brand of football ever (in otherwords, knowing Roy was going to lose his job if he continued going this way) - lose the Excuses Roy - you failed miserably -

    and as for his managerial career - what exactly has he done? the only people who will like him are lower sides where he has taken them to a midtable position - (i.e. Fulham/West Brom) - no one else will! His biggest achievement in management is getting Fulham to a european final - but unfortunately as superb as that is, it's still not a medal and it's still not good enough to manage ENgland (i repeat Steve Mcclaren got Middlesborough to domestic cup finals, in a European final also - he's also won the dutch league - and not with PSV, Ajax or Feyenoord) -

    Roys big jobs: Blackburn: Started well, got them out of a relegation scrap, only to leave them all but down before the left a few years later -

    Inter Milan: he was chucked out as their fans didn't like the ultra defensive tactics he used - and we're talking ITALY here - a country renound for tactically defensive football - they hated how pessamistic he was - he also complained he was given no money (where have we heard this before) - yet the man who took over from him, would win the league adding no further players the year later - HA!

    I dread to think what his England team could be like, but i'll hazard a guess - GK: Ben Foster, RB: Danny Simpson LB: Paul Konchesky CB: Anton Ferdinand and John Terry RM: Pennant LM: Brunt CM: Whitehead and David Dunn - Strike force: Heskey and Kevin Davies -

    "Paul Konchesky pack your bags son!! you're going to the EUro's!" -

  • Comment number 95.

    Hmmmmm imagine the fanfare if Guardiola became the England manager.........

  • Comment number 96.

    The choice always rested between Redknapp and Hodgson and the decision could easily have been made within five minutes of Capello's resignation. But no. The FA had to spend a quarter of a year pretending to take the decision seriously whilst cruelly stringing Harry Redknapp along to the obvious detriment of Tottenham's season. What a bunch of jokers they are! On the other hand this is possibly the first appointment since Tery Venables that doesn't make you throw your hands up in despair, even if the traditional slow, self-important, unprofessional manner in which it was made does. It would have been nice to find out if Redknapp could inspire the England team to greatness but it seems that now, as with Brian Clough, we'll never know. Still, Hodgson is an excellent manager and is English, which does matter because this is representative football not club football. At least the FA have realised that trying to buy success at international level doesn't work even if it hasn't yet dawned on them that it is dishonourable. They also appear to have realised that if you do pick an Englishman, you don't have to pick someone who is obviously unsuited to the job and Hodgson is not obviously unsuited to the job. So, although the FA have behaved disgracefully, they have not been quite as stupid as usual, and for the first time in over a decade it is possible to sound a note of cautious optimism.

  • Comment number 97.

    Still waiting for the 'roots and branch investigation' after we failed to qualify for the last Euro's under Steve Mclaren. No point in trying to find the right man to manage England until the F.A sort out Youth Development. Why arn't we following the example of France and Spain who have both managed to turn things around and produce World and European cup winning sides. England on the other hand continues to flounder and look for the quick fix solution by jumping from manager to manager and blaming each one for the lack of success of the national team.........

    Once again we have been drawn into the pointless debate of who can lead England to glory. We are being asked the wrong question and the F.A are avoiding asking it

  • Comment number 98.

    Although anything related to the England national team might seem like a 'poisoned chalice' or 'pissing in the wind', I would personally have tried (everything) to attract Martin O'Neill to the job. He is untried at this level, but in some respects, he is an heir to the legacy of Brian Clough (should have been tried but regrettably wasn't!). I believe in the long term he would produce results, given a level playing field and time and consideration (from all parties) given to the task in hand ie. more flexibility from clubs and so on. He is British and understands the culture of our game at the highest level, he is a shrewd media operator who would not be compromised by the Murdoch press etc, and of course, he has an impeccable, incrementally traceable, successful club record which could easily transfer across to the international arena. This particularly at a time when expectation is low. To me, Redknapp is a competent club manager with a passion for the game, but I feel he would go the same way as Graham Taylor: dismissed in a flurry of confusion and East-End colloquialisms as results go 'pear-shaped'. Hodgson is more urbane and with more proven experience, so he would be a marginally better option, but as others have said, it all seems a little too safe, too late. We shall see.

  • Comment number 99.

    anyone, but that vile, insensitive ablist Hoddle. people have short memories.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sport/football/269523.stm "90% of those who had responded to our poll were calling for the controversial England coach to go." AND STAY OUT.

  • Comment number 100.

    "My beliefs have evolved in the last eight or nine years, that the spirit has to come back again, that is nothing new, that has been around for thousands of years. You have to come back to learn and face some of the things you have done, good and bad. There are too many injustices around."

    "You and I have been physically given two hands and two legs and half-decent brains. Some people have not been born like that for a reason. The karma is working from another lifetime. I have nothing to hide about that. It is not only people with disabilities. What you sow, you have to reap."

    "You have to look at things that happened in your life and ask why. It comes around." - Glenn Hoddle. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/article2312694.ece

 

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