Will Roy repeat history We look back at the successes (and failures) of England managers in their opening games
14:43 GMT, 25 May 2012
As Roy Hodgson prepares to take charge of an England team for the first time against Norway on Saturday, Sportsmail looks back over the starts made by his predecessors in the role.
With Euro 2012 just around the corner, Hodgson needs to get off to a winning start. But not everyone who has come before him has been so lucky, and the former West Brom and Liverpool coach will be praying not to be the first manager to lose his opening game as manager since Alf Ramsey in 1963.
Ready Roy Hodgson (right) is gearing up for his first game in charge of England against Norway on Saturday
Beat Ireland 7-2, Windsor Park, September 28, 1946
Wilf Mannion's hat-trick helped England's first full-time manager launch his reign with a thumping win over a united Ireland team in the British Home Championship.
Tom Finney, Tommy Lawton, Raich Carter and Bobby Langton were also on the scoresheet as Norman Lockhart scored the home team's two goals.
Lost to France 5-2, Parc des Princes, February 27, 1963
Not the best of omen for Hodgson, as England are to face France in the groups stages next month.
England's future World Cup-winning coach took over after a 1-1 draw in the home leg of the European Nations Cup first qualifying round, but could not inspire second-leg success and, indeed, remains the only permanent England manager to lose his first game in charge.
Maryan Wisniewski and Lucien Cossou scored twice apiece and Yvon Douis also found the net, Bobby Tambling and Robert Smith replying for England.
Legend: Sir Bobby Robson has a successful tenure as England manager but only drew his first game
Beat Czechoslovakia 3-0, Wembley, October 30, 1974
In contrast to Ramsey, an ultimately unsuccessful reign was given a false dawn as three goals in the final 17 minutes sank a physical Czechoslovakia side in the opening game of the European Championship qualifying campaign.
Mick Channon's header set England on their way before Colin Bell struck twice.
Drew with Switzerland 0-0, September 7, 1977
Greenwood, hired as a steady hand to manage the fall-out of Revie's regime, opted to build his side around European champions Liverpool and selected six of their players for his first game at the helm – but they could not break down Switzerland in a lacklustre friendly stalemate.
Drew with Denmark 2-2, Copenhagen, September 22, 1982
Trevor Francis' double gave England an undeserved 2-1 lead with 10 minutes remaining in their European Championship qualifier, but a solo goal from Jesper Olsen earned the hosts a point. Robson himself labelled his side's share of the spoils a “travesty”.
Beat Hungary 1-0, Wembley, September 12, 1990
Gary Lineker began Taylor's reign in rather happier fashion than he ended it, his winner in a low-key friendly win standing in stark contrast to his substitution in favour of Alan Smith in Taylor's last game in charge against Sweden at Euro 92 while one short of Bobby Charlton's record goal tally for the national team.
Beat Denmark 1-0, Wembley, March 9 1994
Beaming: Terry Venables managed to scrape a victory in his first game in charge
With no competitive fixtures for two years as England prepared to host Euro 96, Venables was granted license to experiment and took on the Danes with his unconventional “Christmas tree” formation. David Platt scored the only goal as another manager began his reign with victory.
Beat Moldova 3-0, Chisinau, September 1, 1996
Hoddle's first game in charge was notable chiefly for the debut of future captain and 100-cap stalwart David Beckham as England made a winning start to qualification for the 1998 World Cup.
Nick Barmby and Paul Gascoigne put England in control by half-time and Alan Shearer made the game safe on the hour mark.
Beat Poland 3-1, Wembley, March 27, 1999
Listen up: Kevin Keegan also made a solid start to his time as England manager
A Paul Scholes hat-trick got Keegan off to a winning start, following Howard Wilkinson's one-match spell as caretaker.
The Manchester United star converted Shearer's knock-down and then Beckham's cross to put the hosts 2-0 up and, although Poland skipper Jerzy Brzeczek pulled a goal back, a second headed goal from the midfielder secured victory.
Beat Spain 3-0, Wembley, February 28, 2001
Repeat Hodgson will be hoping he can emulate Sven Goran Eriksson (left) by winning his first match
For the second time, Barmby popped up to score the first goal of an England manager's reign.
If that statistic seems incongruous, England's other scorers in a comfortable friendly win are perhaps more improbable still – Emile Heskey netting one of his seven goals in 62 caps before defender Ugo Ehiogu rounded off the scoring as England's first foreign manager made a winning start.
Beat Greece 4-0, Old Trafford, August 16, 2006
Off the mark: Steve McLaren managed to get a win in his first game in charge
McClaren made the bold call to axe former captain Beckham from his first squad and began his tenure with a comfortable 4-0 win over a team failing to live up to their status as reigning European champions.
New skipper John Terry, Frank Lampard and Peter Crouch (two) scored the goals but it soon turned sour for McClaren and Beckham had to be recalled before the end of a dismal failed qualifying campaign for Euro 2008.
Beat Switzerland 2-1, Wembley, February 6, 2008
Roy's predecessor: Fabio Capello left England in February after falling out with the FA
The FA once again looked overseas after axing McClaren, and Capello saw Jermaine Jenas and Shaun Wright-Phillips earn his new employers victory over the Swiss, for whom Eren Derdiyok was on target.
Capello led England to the 2010 World Cup and this summer's European Championship but a second-round exit to Germany crowned a miserable campaign in South Africa and he resigned before the journey to Poland and Ukraine.