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Roy Hodgson England latest: West Brom players back England appointment

West Brom players back England approach for Hodgson and believe he'll be a success

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UPDATED:

08:53 GMT, 30 April 2012

West Brom midfielder Keith Andrews has backed Roy Hodgson to be a success with England.

And Liverpool fan Andrews insists his Anfield nightmare should not stand in his way.

The Irishman said: 'The gaffer is being linked with England for a reason — the reason is he’s very good.

Backed: Roy Hodgson has the support of his West Brom players to take the England job

Backed: Roy Hodgson has the support of his West Brom players to take the England job

'If you ask the players, or players who’ve worked under him at previous clubs, the feedback is positive.

'I’m a Liverpool fan but I thought the timing wasn’t great when he went there.

'Only the FA will know how much that altered their view. But he’s rebuilt himself here.'

Saturday’s draw with Villa guarantees Hodgson’s Baggies will finish as top Midlands club for the first time in 33 years.

Support: Keith Andrews

Support: Steven Reid

Support: Both Keith Andrews and Steven Reid have backed Roy Hodgson to be a success with England

Another West Brom player has also learned his support to Hodgson.

Steven Reid said on Sunday night: 'Be very hard to turn down England managers job!'

And following the negative feeling in the press towards Hodgson, Reid took to Twitter on Monday morning, saying: 'Obviously those in the press who have hammered Hodgson have never met or worked with the man.'

Martin O"Neill told to finance Sunderland summer signings with sales

O'Neill told to sell before he buys as Black Cats boss targets Moses and Fletcher

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UPDATED:

05:28 GMT, 23 April 2012

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has been told he will have to sell players in order to fund any summer transfers.

Owner Ellis Short has told the Black Cats boss there will not be an extensive transfer budget for new players.

It means that targets such as Wigan’s Victor Moses and Wolves’ Steven
Fletcher will have to be financed by sales, with Stephane Sessegnon
attracting considerable interest.

Summer target: Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is keen on Wigan's Victor Moses

Summer target: Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is keen on Wigan's Victor Moses

O’Neill is paying the price for the lavish spending of predecessors Steve Bruce and Roy Keane, with Short insisting the books now have to be balanced.

It’s not exactly the policy O’Neill wanted to hear, especially with his American chairman aiming for a top six finish next season after the impact he has had since replacing Bruce.

Nick Harris: Stale Solbakken had heart attack like Fabrice Muamba

I had a heart attack like Fabrice and it doesn't mean your career's over

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UPDATED:

22:14 GMT, 14 April 2012

Recovery zone: Stale Solbakken before parting company with Cologne last week

Recovery zone: Stale Solbakken before
parting company with Cologne last week

As Fabrice Muamba is released from
the London Chest Hospital to be closer to home while he continues his
recovery from a cardiac arrest, another midfielder who 'died' while
playing has sent a message of encouragement to the Bolton star to
reassure him that 'there is life after death in football'.

Former Norway international Stle
Solbakken had a 12-year playing career with five clubs in three
countries, including Wimbledon in the 1997-98 season, and was capped 58
times, playing at the 1998 World Cup and at Euro 2000.

But in 2001, despite being
apparently fit and healthy and showing no signs of illness, he suffered a
heart attack caused by a previously undetected cardiac defect.

Solbakken was with FC Copenhagen at
the time, then managed by West Bromwich's Roy Hodgson, and was
pronounced clinically dead after collapsing during training.

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'I was just like Fabrice, in a very similar situation,' Solbakken told me.

'I had a cardiac arrest and there was no pulse and my heart stopped beating. I was technically dead for seven minutes.

'They were taking me away in the
ambulance when I finally responded and my heart began again. I was in a
coma for almost 30 hours and in hospital for 14 days.'

He eventually recovered, returned to full training and was given the option of playing on.

He ultimately decided against it, moving into coaching and winning multiple titles in Denmark with Copenhagen.

'I was 33 when it happened to me, so a bit older than Fabrice, although I felt I still had two or three years of playing at a decent level left,' said Solbakken.

'After many weeks of rest, it took time to get back to fitness but I got there, doing four full training sessions per week, as normal. I had a pacemaker fitted and I was physically in good condition. I had tests and my heart was strong again. I could have played but there was a theoretical risk, not red but maybe amber. And with kids and a family, I decided not to play on.'

Message of hope: Fabrice Muamba continuing his recovery

Message of hope: Fabrice Muamba continuing his recovery

His management success led to a job in the Bundesliga with Cologne, and although he parted company with them on Thursday, he still found time to speak about his own experience and share some hope with Muamba.

'My message to Fabrice is that there is life after death,' said Solbakken.

'But there is more to life than playing football and your decisions on what happens next should be all about life.'

Muamba, 24, suffered a cardiac arrest at White Hart Lane on March 17 and has been in intensive care in London ever since.

But his transfer to the Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle, close to his home, marks the next stage in an extraordinary recovery after Muamba was said to have 'died' for 78 minutes.

'If I had been a younger man, closer to Muamba's age, maybe I would've made a different decision, taken the risk,' said Solbakken.

'Nobody but Fabrice and his doctors can know what's best for him.'

Muamba has been fitted with a defribillator implant and Solbakken said: 'My pacemaker has twice started my heart in the past 11 years. When it happens it's not pain exactly, it's about a second of heartbeat irregularity, then like someone's kicking you in the chest, and that's it,' he said.

'When I heard about what happened to Fabrice, my thoughts were immediately with him and the hope that he'd make a recovery. But he should know that he can remain in football in some capacity whatever happens.

'Having something as big as your career taken from you is a big deal. He should know it's not a weakness to accept any help, including psychological help, to cope.'

West Brom to bid for Steven Naismith of Rangers

West Brom preparing to make second bid for Rangers forward Naismith

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UPDATED:

08:03 GMT, 10 April 2012

West Brom are set to step up their interest in Rangers forward Steven Naismith with an improved offer of 2.5million.

The Baggies had a 2m bid rejected earlier this month but have not given up hope of landing the Scotland international.

Manager Roy Hodgson is confident his new offer will be enough to land the 25-year-old.

On the way out Steven Naismith could be set for a move to West Brom

On the way out Steven Naismith could be set for a move to West Brom

Naismith is available on the cheap after Rangers were plunged into administration and a deal could be tied up within 48 hours, according to the Sun.

The former Kilmarnock man has been out of action with knee ligament damage since October but will be fit for the new season.

Until suffering his injury, Naismith had scored 10 goals in the opening months of the season after notching 16 last term.

Roy Hodgson apologises after throwing armband in memory of Ray Barlow

Hodgson apologises after throwing away armband worn in memory of Baggies legend

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13:50 GMT, 26 March 2012

West Brom manager Roy Hodgson has apologised after he threw away an armband worn in memory of late Albion legend Ray Barlow during Sunday's 3-1 defeat to Newcastle.

Hodgson was seen to tear off the armband and throw it to the ground after the Magpies scored their third goal at the Hawthorns.

Furious: Hodgson was forced to apologise after tearing off the armband and throwing it to the ground

Furious: Hodgson was forced to apologise after tearing off the armband and throwing it to the ground

Furious: Hodgson was forced to apologise after tearing off the armband and throwing it to the ground

Furious: Hodgson was forced to apologise after tearing off the armband and throwing it to the ground

Hodgson said: 'It is something I did without thinking out of pure frustration at conceding the third goal.

'I meant no disrespect by it to such a great player, nor his family, and offer my sincere apologies if it has caused offence.'

A minute's applause was held before Sunday's game in honour of Barlow, who made 482 appearances for Albion between 1944 and 1960 and passed away earlier this month at the age of 85.

Roy Hodgson claims England job is not impossible

Impossible job No chance! Hodgson 'flattered' to be linked to England post

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UPDATED:

12:34 GMT, 11 March 2012

West Brom boss Roy Hodgson insists managing England is not an 'impossible' job.

The veteran coach has emerged as a contender to succeed the recently-departed Fabio Capello, although Tottenham counterpart Harry Redknapp remains favourite for the post.

The role is seen as one of the hardest in football but Hodgson sees no reason why it cannot bring success.

Candidate: Roy Hodgson could be the next England manager

Candidate: Roy Hodgson could be the next England manager

'I don't think any job is impossible,' said the former Switzerland coach.

'England have won a major tournament – only one, but they've still won one – and we are working in a league where football of a very high quality is played and we are producing players who most people would regard as top European standard.

'So, impossible, no.'

Asked about being linked to the job, Hodgson added: 'I am flattered to be considered.'

How footballers and fans plan to spend Valentine"s Day

Love match: Romantic Valentine’s Day trip to St Andrew's… with sausage roll thrown in

Jinnarat Gregory is a lucky woman. Her husband, Roy, works in the Ukraine as a property consultant for up to four days a week and he likes to treat her when he’s back home in Alcester, near Stratford-upon-Avon. For Valentine’s Day, she’s landed a trip to watch Birmingham City play Hull.

‘I mentioned it ages ago and I don’t think she cottoned on about the dates,’ he says.

‘I’ll get her a sausage roll and I’m sure that’ll make things right.’

Romantic setting: Jinnarat Gregory and husband Roy will spend Valentines Day at St Andrew's

Romantic setting: Jinnarat Gregory and husband Roy will spend Valentine's Day at St Andrew's

Roy will be 70 this year and goes to most Birmingham matches. He has done since he was six when his dad, Harold, a former youth teamer at City in the 30s, first took him to St Andrew’s. ‘It was snowing and I got the bug,’ he says.

It has stayed with him through almost seven decades, including 17 years from the early 90s when he was working full-time in the Ukraine. He even set up a supporters’ club there. ‘There were five of us and my Dalmatian, Ari. Then Ari died. Ari loved watching the Blues.’

Naturally, his life-time best memory is Birmingham winning the League Cup at Villa Park in 1963. ‘I’ve been married four times but that was a really, really good day,’ he says. ‘Hull at home will be a good one. We’re both doing well in the league. Should be a good Valentine’s Day.’

The important things in life: Roy Gregory will hope Chris Hughton's Birmingham can take all three points at home to Hull

The important things in life: Roy Gregory will hope Chris Hughton's Birmingham can take all three points at home to Hull

There will be similar stories up and down and across the country, with 35 Football League matches being played on Tuesday night from the Championship to League Two.

Nineteen of those will feature romantic promotions of varying descriptions, from flower-laced hospitality packages at seven Championship games, to the sale of heart-shaped cupcakes at Bury and free tickets for women at Aldershot’s match against Hereford.

Early indications also suggest there will be two proposals on the pitch at half-time at Birmingham and one each at Portsmouth and Oldham.

Under the thumb: Blackpool's Gary Taylor-Fletcher is loved up with his wife Viv, according to team-mates

Under the thumb: Blackpool's Gary Taylor-Fletcher is loved up with his wife Viv, according to team-mates

As John Nagle, a spokesman for the Football League, put it: ‘What could be more romantic for people in this country than a trip to see your football team play on Valentine’s Day’

One of the longer trips will be the 115 miles undertaken by Blackpool fans to get to Doncaster. There are suspicions among one or two at Bloomfield Road that midfielder Gary Taylor-Fletcher might not be there when they arrive.

Love is in the air: West Ham fans will celebrate Valentine's Day with a home game against second place Southampton

Love is in the air: West Ham fans will celebrate Valentine's Day with a home game against second place Southampton

‘He’s the worst of our lot,’ says Ian Evett, the Blackpool centre-half. ‘He is pretty under the thumb. We all love our wives, but he is extremely loved up with Viv. No-one is quite like him, but we have a few romantics at Blackpool.’

One of them will be sat at the front of the bus. ‘Ian Holloway is a massive romantic,’ Evatt says.

‘It can be tough in football. You spend a lot of time away, especially at weekends, and a lot of the time we live away from where we were brought up so you and your wife might not have that much of a network around you. She can be left at home, which if you have young kids or babies is not ideal.

‘For an away game we will normally train on Friday, travel after training and stay over and then get back late on Saturday. That can mean a bit of time away. But, like I say, we’re lucky at Blackpool because the manager is a massive romantic.

‘If one of the boys has a problem at home he will give them time off. He is a real family man – his family is everything to him.

Family man: Blackpool manager Ian Holloway is a romantic at heart

Family man: Blackpool manager Ian Holloway is a romantic at heart

‘He takes his wife, Kim, on the bus on some away games and I’m sure there’ll be some romance on the bus to Doncaster, but hopefully not too much.’

Taylor-Fletcher, however, is apparently at a different level altogether. ‘It will be interesting to see if any of the players mysteriously don’t appear,’ Evatt adds. ‘Fletch might not be allowed to play by his wife. His house number on his phone is under the name Love Nest.

‘Who knows what Valentine’s Day will be like with them

Not a big deal: Reading skipper Jobi McAnuff says won't celebrate Valentine's Day with wife-to-be Jolene

Not a big deal: Reading skipper Jobi McAnuff says won't celebrate Valentine's Day with wife-to-be Jolene

‘For me, I normally cook my wife, Danielle, a nice meal on Valentine’s Day but this year I’ll probably do something on the Monday night. On the Tuesday morning I’ll make her breakfast in bed before going to the game.’

So romance isn’t dead. Except maybe at Bournemouth.

‘I’ve never had a player ask for time off on Valentine’s Day – never heard that anywhere to be honest,’ says manager Lee Bradbury. ‘What would I do I’m not sure I’d be happy about it!’

Unromantic: Andy Griffin is not a player who will be doing anything for Valentine's Day, according to McAnuff

Unromantic: Andy Griffin is not a player who will be doing anything for Valentine's Day, according to McAnuff

And the love won’t really be felt at Reading’s game with Derby, either.

‘Romance Not much here,’ says midfielder Jobi McAnuff. He will marry Jolene, his girlfriend, in the summer, but February 14 holds no special significance for him. ‘Her maybe,’ he says. ‘But I won’t fall for that.

‘I’m not a great one for Valentine’s Day. I don’t think footballers in general are the most romantic of men out there. I think Valentine’s Day is something a woman invented one year and the others are happy to go along with it.

‘Our team don’t have many great romantics. Andy Griffin, Adam Federici and Kaspars Gorkss are possibly the least romantic people to have lived.

‘Ian Harte is a bit of a romantic. And Mathieu Manset – he is French so it goes with the territory.

King of Harte: Ian Harte is a romantic

King of Harte: Ian Harte is a romantic

‘But Valentine’s Day doesn’t really bother me. I think a lot of guys use it as a day to get themselves out of jail by giving the woman in their life a treat.’

Lucky Jinnarat.

West Brom target Emir Bajrami

West Brom target Swedish winger Bajrami after Huszti move collapses

West Brom have made an enquiry for FC Twente's Swedish winger Emir Bajrami. The 23-year-old has become a key player for the Dutch side this season, notching up 21 appearances and scoring four goals.

Roy Hodgson's interest in Bajrami comes after a move for Zenit St Petersburg winger Szabolcs Huszti fell through.

Wide man: FC Twente's Emir Bajrami

Wide man: FC Twente's Emir Bajrami