Done deal, Roy After four-hour interview for England job, Hodgson leaves Wembley with document of FA plans for future
18:59 GMT, 30 April 2012
Roy Hodgson was grilled at Wembley for four hours in his bid to prove he is the right man for the England job.
The West Bromwich Albion manager arrived in a silver Mercedes at around 2.45pm for his interview for the national job.
He did not leave until close to 7pm after lengthy discussions with the FA hierachy – and he had a copy of the FA's 'draft itinerary' by his side as the car sped off.
Although he has yet to be confirmed as the manager, that is yet more evidence that the FA believe they have found their man.
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All over: Roy Hodgson is driven away from his interview at Wembley
Big plans, Roy The proposed England boss left the FA headquarters with his 'draft itinerary'
WHAT THE PLAYERS HAVE SAID:
West Brom midfielder Keith Andrews: 'The gaffer is being linked with England for a reason — the reason is he’s very good. If you ask the players, or players who’ve worked under him at previous clubs, the feedback is positive.'
West Brom defender Steven Reid: 'Obviously those in the press who have hammered Hodgson have never met or worked with the man.'
Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic: 'Fair play to Roy Hodgson. Great manager and would be a great appointment for the FA! #classact'
It comes as Harry Redknapp says his hopes of becoming England manager are all but over after the FA moved to talk to Hodgson.
The Tottenham boss says he is not
expecting a call from the FA anytime soon and is already planning for
the future at White Hart Lane.
He insisted that he holds no grudges over his apparent snub, given that he was the overwhelming favorite for the job.
The FA confirmed on Sunday evening that Hodgson is the only man they have approached.
The move for Hodgson comes as a surprise
to many as Redknapp had been the overwhelming favourite for the
England post since Fabio Capello's resignation in February.
There have also been calls from supporters for the FA to provide clarity on the issue and explain why Redknapp has not been interviewed for the position.
David Davies, former chief executive
of the FA said: 'I think Harry will be upset about it. Certainly some of
those around him will be upset, because he’s a real footballing person.
'Having said that, that is not to in
any way to demean Roy Hodgson. Roy was considered on other occasions in
the past when I was more closely involved – Sven was chosen and before
that Kevin Keegan. Roy has gone on building up his CV.
Happy chappy: Hodgson looks delighted as he heads home from talks
Silver lining: Hodgson looks on from the back of the Mercedes at Wembley
'My understanding is there was a
shortlist this time as well, of more than two people. No there weren’t
other interviews, but there was lot of research and a lot of talking to
other people in the game.
'The FA believe, as I understand it,
that they have learnt the lessons of the past and they’ve carried out a
very discreet process with no beauty parades. No secret locations.'
Redknapp has insisted that he has never received any contact from the FA regarding the vacancy and does not anticipate a call now that Hodgson has been approached and said he has no bad feelings.
'I don't hold grudges, I don't feel like that,' said Redknapp, speaking at Tottenham's training ground on Monday morning.
Let's go: FA chairman David Bernstein waves to the photographers as he arrives at Wembley
'I'm very fortunate. I'm so lucky to be working here [at Spurs], working with fantastic players every day. It's dragged on but it's no problem and hopefully we've got a good end of the season to come.
'There's no problem. If Roy takes the job I wish him all the best. He's a great guy. I'm sure he'll be a big success.
'I still think England's got some great players, I really do. I think there's some fantastic players in this country, some young players coming through, some great experienced players.
'I'm looking forward to the European Championships, looking forward to watching it. Life couldn't be better, the sun's shining, my health is good, very lucky man.'
Redknapp added: 'I've woken up in a great mood today
(Monday) on the back of a great win yesterday. I will be
concentrating on Tottenham as I have done all along.
'I can't see it (the England job) coming up for me now,' Redknapp told The Times on Monday.
Back to work: Harry Redknapp
arriving at the Tottenham's Spurs Lodge training ground
No hard feelings: Redknapp wished Hodgson well with the England job
'Good luck to Roy. Everyone else was saying I might get it but I never spoke to Daniel Levy (the Spurs chairman) about England.'
The former Portsmouth manager is now turning his attention to his job at White Hart Lane and is waiting to learn whether he will be offered a new contract.
He added: 'I've got a great job at Spurs and I'd like to continue that for as long as I can. It's up to Daniel whether I get a new contract but I'd like to stay on.
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'We've had a few difficult weeks but it's been a great four years. I will plan the future here.'
But the appointment of Hodgson may not be as straight forward as the FA hope as he is understood to be expressing concern that he is not the popular choice.
Earlier this season the 64-year-old insisted he did not want a repeat of his Liverpool experience. He said: ‘I don’t think the Liverpool people thought I was a particularly bad manager, they just wanted somebody else. So having taken on a job in the face of public opinion, I suppose I wouldn’t want to do it again.
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'I would rather hope that, if I was ever going to be offered the England job, it would be with the backing of the important people. And that would of course be the people like yourselves, who represent the fans, and the fans themselves of course. Otherwise, it’s going to be a very difficult job for anyone who takes it.
'Because even if you’ve got the competence, even if you are the right person, you need to be perceived as the right person. And the perception of my Liverpool appointment was not right and as a result, of course, you end up paying for it.’
The FA remain confident that Hodgson would accept the job despite the fact that Redknapp has received the public support of senior England players as well as members of the FA board.
Redknapp's plight has been compared to Brian Clough by some observers.
Clough did not get the England job either when he was overlooked in favour of Ron Greenwood, which in retrospect looks like a huge mistake.
However, England fans' spokesman Mark Perryman does not believe the comparison is valid.
The FA's man: Chairman David Bernstein says Roy Hodgson is the only man they have approached
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HODGSON'S INTERNATIONAL RECORD
Hodgson took his first international post after impressing in the country's domestic competition with Neuchatel Xamax.
He succeeded in winning qualification to the 1994 World Cup, progressing from a tough group that included Italy and Portugal. His side took four points off the Azzurri, who went on to reach the final.
Hodgson next led the team to qualification for Euro '96 but left before the tournament to take charge at Inter Milan. His final game was a 3-1 friendly defeat to England.
At their peak, FIFA ranked Hodgson's Switzerland No 3 in the world.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (2002-2004)
Hodgson returned to the global stage at the unlikely outpost of the UAE, where he took over responsibility for both the national and Olympic sides.
He remained for 20 months, taking the side to one tournament – finishing fifth in the Gulf Cup.
He later said of the experience: 'That was a period where I didn't know where my career was going. But all these experiences enrich you and it was good to know I could get my message to players who many say are uncoachable.'
Hodgson took on the task of leading Finland to their first major international tournament and was close to achieving that unlikely feat in qualification for Euro 2008.
He won just six of his matches in charge of the side, but all of those victories came in competitive fixtures.
Notable results included a 3-1 victory at eventual group winners Poland and a 1-1 draw with Portugal.
Finland finished just three points away from qualification but Hodgson opted not to sign a new deal, instead resurfacing at Fulham.
'It is a ridiculous comparison,' said Perryman
'Harry Redknapp has been a manager for 30 years and won one FA Cup.
'Brian Clough won two European Cups and lots of other trophies besides.
'To link the two doesn't stand up at all. Clough was the greatest manager never to manage England. Harry is the populist choice, but so was Kevin Keegan and what an unmitigated disaster that turned out to be.
'Roy Hodgson will be a steady hand on the tiller.
'He took Fulham to the Europa League final, which was a magnificent achievement and on the basis that the best three managers around just now, Marcelo Bielsa, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, wouldn't want the job, Hodgson is a good choice.'
FA Chairman David Bernstein said: ‘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.’
The news came out in what amounted to an amazing development, FA chairman Bernstein contacted West Brom chief Jeremy Peace asking for permission to speak to the former Switzerland and Finland coach.
Sportsmail understands Bernstein and his three Club England colleagues — director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking, FA general secretary Alex Horne and Club England managing director Adrian Bevington — only informed the FA board on Sunday night.
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Thumbs up from me: Owen Coyle has backed the decision to talk to Roy Hodgson
Hodgson, however, will cost nothing and is out of contract this summer.
And Bolton manager Owen Coyle has backed the FA's decision to speak to Hodgson, he said: 'It didn't surprise me,
'I always felt it was between the two of them. There was the clamour for Harry and we all understand why.
'But it didn't surprise me that they then tried to approach Roy.
'I am absolutely thrilled. If Roy decides to take the job, there is no doubt he ticks every box in terms of what England are looking for.
'He has a proven track record and international experience. Obviously people made a lot of Harry being the favourite, and I think you have two outstanding candidates there. If it is an English manager you are looking for, then those are the two you certainly would have been looking to choose between.
'Harry was always going to be a difficult one because of the compensation involved, but Roy is a terrific manager, someone I have a lot of time for, and I have no doubts he can bring real success to the England national team.'
Roy for England: An in-depth look at the man set to take charge of the Three Lions
1947: Born on August 9 in Croydon.
1965-75: Player with Crystal Palace, Gravesend and Northfleet, Maidstone and South African side Berea Park.
1976: Starts managerial career with Halmstad in Sweden, winning two championships.
1980: Joins Bristol City as assistant manager.
1982: Appointed manager at Ashton Gate but dismissed within four months after poor run of results when club is taken over by new owners. Returns to Sweden, where he manages Orebro and then Malmo, who won five consecutive championships and two Swedish Cups under him.
1990: Leaves Sweden for Switzerland, taking over at Neuchatel Xamax.
1992: Becomes manager of Switzerland, whom he takes to the 1994 World Cup finals in the United States. Also in charge when they qualified for Euro 96.
1995: Appointed manager of Inter Milan.
1997: Agrees to become Blackburn manager (left) in the summer. While still at Inter, his side lose to German club Schalke in the UEFA Cup final on penalties.
1998: May: Takes Blackburn into European competition for the first time since 1995 but Rovers win only two of their final 11 Premier League matches to fail in chase for title.
November: Sacked by Blackburn with the club bottom of the Premier League, having taken just nine points from 14 games.
1999: Shortlisted for Austria job. Returns to Inter on April 27 as technical director until the end of the season.
Joins Swiss side Grasshopper.
2000: Appointed coach of Danish side FC Copenhagen. Linked with England job after resignation of Kevin Keegan.
2001: May – Takes Copenhagen to the Superliga title.
August: Takes over as coach of Serie A club Udinese.
December 10 – Udinese and Hodgson part company.
2002: April – Appointed manager of the United Arab Emirates.
2004: January – Sacked after leading side to fifth place at the Gulf Cup.
May – Joins Norwegian side Viking FK.
2005: August – Agrees to take over as boss of Finland national team.
2007: November 30 – Quits after failing to secure qualification for Euro 2008.
December 30 – Appointed Fulham manager.
2008: Fulham win four of their last five Premier League games of the season to stave off relegation.
2009: Guides the Cottagers to their highest ever top-flight finish, seventh, and ensures Europa League qualification.
2010: March 18 – Oversees a stunning second-leg comeback against Juventus in the Europa League quarter-final as a 4-1 win takes Fulham into the quarter-finals 5-4 on aggregate.
May 12 – Hodgson's side go down 2-1 to Atletico Madrid in extra-time in the Europa League final in Hamburg.
July 1 – Announced as new manager of Liverpool on a three-year contract.
September 23 – Dumped out of the League Cup on penalties at Anfield by League Two side Northampton.
October 3 – Poor form continues with a 2-1 defeat to newly-promoted Blackpool – again at Anfield.
October 15 – US company New England Sports Ventures, owner of the Boston Red Sox, complete their takeover of Liverpool.
December 29 – Criticises Reds fans after another home defeat – this time 1-0 to Wolves.
2011: January 8 – Liverpool announce Hodgson has left the club.
February 11 – Takes over as West Brom coach after the Baggies part company with Roberto Di Matteo.
May – Takes West Brom to 11th in the table after a strong end-of-season run.
2012: April 22 – Leads his side to a 1-0 win over Liverpool on his first return to Anfield.
April 29 – West Brom grant the Football Association permission to speak to Hodgson about the vacant manager's position.