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Ben Walker, London24 Fulham blogger
Monday, April 30, 2012
“In his time in charge of Switzerland he guided them to World Cup and Euro qualification. They were third in the Fifa rankings at one point”
It is safe to say that last night’s news that Roy Hodgson has been approached by the FA has been met with a mixed reaction by England fans and media alike.
That ill-fated spell at Liverpool combined with a love of ‘Arry by certain fans and media commentators has meant that several people have questioned whether Roy is up to the task of the England job. According to this train of thought, he can do a decent job at smaller clubs such as Fulham and West Brom but was found wanting in the high-pressured Liverpool role. These people have installed Redknapp as the heir apparent for the past few months due to his success in getting Spurs into the top four.
All of this is nonsense.
For starters this idea of Roy as a small club man grates. He has managed Inter Milan for crying out loud, twice! He also has a far greater experience in European football then ‘Arry having twice guided teams to the Uefa Cup/Europa League Final and he has managed all over Europe with spells in Sweden, England, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, and Norway. Whilst Redknapp has recent European credit with Spurs he has only one major trophy to his name after nearly 30 years in management.
Hodgson also has far greater international management experience having managed Switzerland and Finland. In his time in charge of Switzerland he guided them to World Cup and Euro qualification. They were third in the Fifa rankings at one point.
I appreciate the Liverpool spell was not a success but many other managers would have struggled given the situation. No money to spend and “King Kenny” sitting waiting to take over does not make for a conductive working environment. Despite spending a small fortune since taking over it’s not as if Dalglish has turned Liverpool’s fortunes around either.
Hodgson has done great work with both Fulham and West Brom, making both teams well organised, work hard for each other and he gets the best out of the players at his disposal. All of these are qualities that England have certainly lacked in recent years. No Hodgson team would have been ripped apart on the break as England were against Germany at the last World Cup.
Roy is the best option for England right now and when it’s all said and done would you rather have a man who speaks five languages managing England or one who has the reading age of a two year old?