Hodgson could insist on new West Brom deal having England get-out clause
10:57 GMT, 8 April 2012
Roy Hodgson could insist on his new West Brom contract having a get-out clause allowing him to become the next England manager.
The Baggies boss expects to start talks over a new deal after a 3-0 home win over Blackburn virtually guaranteed
Barclays Premier League survival.
And Hodgson denied that doing so would stop him taking the England job which, as Sportsmail revealed last week, he is under consideration for.
Plenty to ponder: Roy Hodgson is under consideration for the England job
I sign a contract here before the England situation is sorted Why not.
It wouldn't matter. You could quite easily sign contracts and have
clauses put in if someone else wants you, or you can have compensation
terms agreed. You don't have to wait and not do something until another
situation is settled. There is no reason for me to do that.
very comfortable with the situation. It's not a problem for me if it
takes until the end of season or is sorted out before then.
'The vacancy with England, as far as I'm concerned, has
nothing to do with me basically. I'm obliged to answer questions
occasionally like any other Englishman who happens to be working in
football, but it has got nothing to do with me as far as I know.'
Pure delight: Liam Ridgewell celebrates scoring against Blackburn Rovers
Albion are 11 points
clear of the bottom three after a Martin Olsson own goal and second-half
efforts from Marc-Antoine Fortune and Liam Ridgewell sealed victory.
whose current deal runs out this summer, said: 'Now things are safer I
dare say Dan Ashworth (Albion technical director) will make contact with
the man I use as an advisor. I dare say he will start discussing what
potentially will happen with regards to myself.'
admitted the win over Rovers was crucial after Albion had collected
only a single point from their last four games. And he felt a double
save from Ben Foster to deny Ayegbeni Yakubu and Bradley Orr, when
Albion were winning 1-0, was vital.
Main man: Marc-Antoine Fortune scores West Brom's second against Blackburn
He said: 'It was a
nervous occasion because after a bad March we've seen that security
margin slip away. The Foster double save was the game changer. After a
good start we started to play nervously and they played with great
confidence. The 3-0 scoreline makes the game look more comfortable than
Blackburn boss Steve Kean is refusing to give up hope of
staying up despite a third successive defeat. Kean also confirmed Rovers
will appeal against substitute Anthony Modeste's red card for violent
conduct after he had kicked out at Albion defender Billy Jones.
said: 'I've always said there will be lots of twists and turns in the
battle to stay up, but we've got to look at ourselves in the first half
of this game. We were slow, had no intensity or momentum in the game.
The second half was much better for 25 minutes and then we finished the