Profile: The management career of Roy Hodgson

20:31 29 April 2012

West Brom have allowed the FA to speak to Roy Hodgson

West Brom have allowed the FA to speak to Roy Hodgson

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Hodgson managerial career has included spells at Malmo, Switzerland, Inter Milan, Blackburn, Udinese, Fulham, Liverpool and West Brom

Roy Hodgson’s honours

Swedish League: 1976, 1979 (Halmstad); 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 (Malmo).

Swedish Cup: 1985-86, 1988-89 (Malmo).

Danish League: 2000-01 (FC Copenhagen).

Danish Cup: 2000-01 (FC Copenhagen).

UEFA Cup: runner-up 1996-97 (Inter Milan).

Europa League: runner-up 2009-10 (Fulham)

The FA have been given permission to speak to West Brom manager Roy Hodgson about becoming the next England manager.

The 64-year-old has been in management for 36 years in many different countries after spending much of his playing career in non league football.

His first job was with Swedish club Halmstad. Hodgson took charge in January 1976 and in a four year spell he won the Allsvenskan (Sweden’s top flight) in his first season in charge, after they were tipped for relegation that year before repeating the feat in 1979.

The manager then returned to England and took charge of Bristol City in 1982, although the Robins’ financial problems meant he was largely unsuccessful.

Hodgson moved back to Sweden to take charge of Oddevold in 1982 and Orebro in 1983 and then Malmo in 1985 where he won five consecutive league championships as well as knocking Inter Milan out of the European Cup.

Despite being offered a lifetime contract, he declined, moving to Swiss side Neuchatel Xamax in 1990.

During his time at the club he led Xamax to European victories over Celtic and Real Madrid, before he was appointed the national team boss.

Hodgson guided the country to their first World Cup since 1966 in 1994 Before they were knocked out by Spain in the last 16.

After guiding the Swiss to Euro 96, Hodgson left to join Inter Milan.

Inter had struggled in recent years and he guided the club to the Uefa Cup final, but lost on penalties to Hamburg. Hodgson left the following year with the side in third.

Hodgson moved to Blackburn Rovers in 1997 and guided the club to sixth in his first season but a poor start the following year led to his sacking.

In 2000, while he was at Swiss side Grasshopper, he was linked with the England job, but as he had accepted a job with FC Copenhagen he was obliged to refuse any offer.

With the Danish club, Hodgson guided them to their first Championship since 1993 in the 2001 season before moving back to Italy to take charge of Udinese.

His time in Italy did not work out and he was sacked with the club five points above the relegation zone.

Hodgson returned to international management with the United Arab Emirates in 2002 before moving to Norweigan club Viking, guiding them to fifth in the 2005 campaign before taking up the Finland job.

The Finns had never qualified for a major tournament but Hodgson came close, missing out on qualification to Euro 2008 by three points.

After 10 years away from his homeland, Hodgson returned to England in December 2007 to manager Fulham and kept them in the Premier League after picking up 12 points in the Whites’ last five games.

The following year Hodgson guided the club to seventh and a position in the Europa League.

Their time in Europe was a memorable one and he guided the Whites to the final, including stunning victories over Shakhtar, Juventus (coming back from 4-1 down to win 5-4) and Wolfsburg. But they lost in extra time to Atletico Madrid.

His work with Fulham led to Liverpool calling but after a poor six months he was replaced by Kenny Dalglish.

Hodgson was not out of work for long and he replaced Roberto Di Matteo at West Brom, keeping them safe and has guided them to 10th so far this campaign.


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