EXCLUSIVE: Roy for England! Hodgson to land England job as favourite Harry snubbed
19:08 GMT, 29 April 2012
Roy Hodgson is set to take charge of England's assault on the European Championships after it was revealed the West Brom manager is in talks with the Football Association.
The 64-year-old is the only candidate to have been interviewed for the role, despite many tipping Harry Redknapp to succeed Fabio Capello, after the Italian quit the post in February.
But the FA have not approached the Tottenham boss, who watched his side keep their Champions League aspirations alive with a 2-0 win over Blackburn earlier on Sunday.
Thumbs up: Hodgson is in talks with England over the vacant managerial position
Snub: Redknapp had been the favourite to take over from Capello who quit the post in February
West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace today granted permission for the FA to hold talks with their 64-year-old manager, and Hodgson has already had a conversation with FA chief David Bernstein.
A statement from
Bernstein read: '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
In good company: Hodgson (left) is seen here pictured with Bernstein last month
'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.'
West Brom want Hodgson to extend his contract which expires on June 30.
But chairman Peace confirmed the former Liverpool and Fulham manager is in discussions with the FA.
Peace said: '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.'
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