Roy Hodgson expected to be unveiled as new England manager after FA approach West Bromwich boss about role

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  • Fans’ favourite Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp snubbed
  • FA braced for backlash from fans over their decision to pursue Hodgson 
  • Tottenham manager concedes defeat in race for vacant post

By
David Gerges

21:31, 29 April 2012

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10:56, 30 April 2012

The Football Association are ready to hand Roy Hodgson the vacant England manager position because he is £13m cheaper than the fans’ favourite Harry Redknapp.

The move to secure Hodgson in time for this summer’s European
Championship will surprise many in the English game as Tottenham manager Redknapp had been tipped as top of the FA’s wish-list.

While Hodgson is expected to demand a £2m a year contract, a deal for Tottenham boss Redknapp could cost the FA in excess of £15m.

West Brom manager Roy Hodgson

Harry Redknapp arriving at the Tottenham Hotspur training ground

Next in line: West Brom boss Roy Hodgson, left, is expected to fill the vacant post ahead of Harry Redknapp, who was seen today, right, arriving at the Tottenham training ground

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has conceded defeat to Hodgson after being overlooked for the vacant managerial position.

I can’t see it (the England job) coming up for me now,’ Redknapp told The Times.

‘Good luck to Roy. Everyone else was saying I might get it but I never spoke to Daniel Levy (the Spurs chairman) about England.’

FA chairman David Bernstein revealed that talks with Hodgson are set to take place today: He said:

 

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‘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 Club England colleagues before any further
announcements can be made.’

The FA are bracing themselves for a backlash from fans following the refusal to pursue fans favourite Harry Redknapp.

Mark Perryman of England Supporters Club lead the way by calling on the FA to explain to fans why Redknapp appears to have been overlooked.

He said: ‘It’s almost inconceivable they haven’t approached Redknapp.

‘I think the fans and the broader sporting public have a right to know what the situation is with Redknapp.

‘It’s conceivable he has turned the job down but fans have the right to know.

Three Lions: Hodgson is set to take charge of Parker and Co this summer

Three Lions: Hodgson is set to take charge of Parker and Co this summer

In good company: Hodgson (left) is seen here pictured with Bernstein last month

In good company: Hodgson (left) is seen here pictured with Bernstein last month

Perryman added: ‘I am not saying Hodgson is the wrong
man but clearly there was a popular mood around Redknapp and in the
spirit of open governance, let’s be clear what the situation was there.’

‘I don’t think there will be a great
wave of excitement about Hodgson but given that (Jose) Mourinho or (Pep)
Guardiola are not likely to take the job.

‘I don’t think there is a great wave of enthusiasm about England in
general at the moment — there are only 5,000 going to the European
Championships which is one of the lowest travelling supports for a very
long time.’

The move marks the beginning of the
end of a tortuous process, which began on February 8, when Capello
confirmed his resignation in protest at John Terry being stripped of the
captaincy without having the opportunity to put any input into the
discussions.

ENGLAND EXPECTS: HOW ROY HODGSON AND HARRY REDKNAPP COMPARE




Winning the race: Hodgson looks set to land the job over favourite Redknapp

Winning the race: Hodgson looks set to land the job over favourite Redknapp

The move marks the beginning of the
end of a tortuous process, which began on February 8, when Capello
confirmed his resignation in protest at John Terry being stripped of the
captaincy without having the opportunity to put any input into the
discussions.

And, as his contract is due to expire
in June, Hodgson would command barely any compensation, another factor
which may just have helped the FA reach tonight’s decision.

‘The club are currently 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,’ said West Brom in a statement.

‘However, Roy has expressed a desire
to explore this opportunity and, accordingly, the club have granted him
permission to speak to the FA.’

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Friendly vs Belgium – June 2nd

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vs France – June 11th

vs Sweden – June 15th

vs Ukraine – June 19th

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 Barclays Premier League club.

‘Everyone here has an excellent working relationship with him and he is immensely popular with our supporters.’

Hodgson has built up an impressive CV,
which includes spells in the international game with Switzerland – whom
he guided to the 1994 World Cup and Euro 96, although he resigned
before the Finals themselves – Finland and the United Arab Emirates.

However, this is unlikely to win over those who feel Redknapp should have been asked first.

The Tottenham manager might be more
than a little angry himself as, whilst he has denied it, the speculation
surrounding his chances of getting the job seems to have damaged the
London outfit, who had won just one of nine Premier League games since
Capello’s departure until this afternoon’s 2-0 victory over Blackburn.

Chance gone: Redknapp saw his side beat Blackburn 2-0 at White Hart Lane on Sunday

Chance gone: Redknapp saw his side beat Blackburn 2-0 at White Hart Lane on Sunday

Earning their Spurs: Tottenham are back in the top four after their defeat of Blackburn

Earning their Spurs: Tottenham are back in the top four after their defeat of Blackburn

Quit: Capello left the post in February after falling out with the FA

Quit: Capello left the post in February after falling out with the FA

Match Of The Day summariser Mark
Lawrenson last night told BBC News: ‘Harry is an excellent man-manager
and I believe that Hodgson is second choice, whatever the FA says.’

TalkSPORT
summariser Stan Collymore was quick to tweet his response to the
approach for Hodgson, saying ‘Would prefer HR (Harry Redknapp) because I
think he’d get more of a tune out of seniors,and ones coming through.
RG (Roy Hodgson) will need faster results than HR…’

Mark Bright, BBC’s Football League pundit, added on Twitter:

‘Is
it possible to keep an approach for an England manager quiet? Or have
they contacted Roy Hodson because WBA have nothing to play for?’

Ironically,
during his disappointing time as manager at Liverpool the first time
the Kop sang Hodgson’s name was on December 29, 2010 was after a 1-0
home defeat by Wolves when they chroused ‘Hodgson for England’.

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No DM. YOU wanted Harry Redknap to be the new manager! I couldn’t find one person that thought the same way when all this kicked off! I think Roy Hodgson is a fantastic choice, he comes across as very gentlemanly and soft spoken. All he’ll put up with far less rubbish from our crop of over-preened show-off’s we call footballers than Big Harry.

Who says Redknopp is gthe fan’s choice, I wouldn’t trust him with whelk stall. Perhaps the best thing the new person could do is to restrict selection of players to the Championship, and maybe lower divisions, where you at least see some honest endeavour from players.

are they different people…..?

I think Harry’s attempt fell apart when, from force of habit, he applied for the England manager’s job in the name of his dog.

Oh Harry, i think you thought it was all but signed for … BUT .. If you really want to PROVE YOURSELF .. get back to Portsmouth … Show everyone we can be back on top. ((*_*))

I think Roy would be a good England Manager. Harry carries a lot of baggage and what exactly as he ever won.

Harry has been offerd the Job, the FA could put Rosie on the payroll, and the fact that he cant write, did not go in his Favour. Come on Roy.

Good luck to him, now all he needs is a TEAM OF FOOTBALLERS, not overpaid prima donnas.

HARRY HAS PLAYED HARD TO GET ANY WAY WHAT HAS HE DONE BETTER THAN ROY, DALGLIESH HAS DONE BETTER HAVING SPENT A LOT OF MONEY BUT NOT GOT LITTLE FROM IT MAY BE TWO CUPS
HARRY HAS BEEN A ONE SEASON WONDER AND COULD OF BEEN SO MUCH BETTER
HE TOOK HIS EYES OF THE JOB IN HAND AND FAILED, ???????????
JOHN BONN WAS RIGHY TO

Does the fabulously beautiful,talented Nancy come with the job?

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