Roy Hodgson has been offered the England in what will be seen as a massive snub to previous favorite Harry Redknapp.
The FA opened talks with the 64 year-old having been given permission by West Brom to do so.
The former Blackburn, Inter Milan and Liverpool manager has previous international experience having led Switzerland to the 1994 World Cup as well as taking charge of the Finnish and United Arab Emirates national teams.
In his periods of managing those national teams; Hodgson lost just four out of 30 competitive games – a more than stellar record for nations far from the top rung of international football.
The England job appears now to be “Hodgson’s to lose” – if Hodgson presents the FA with a suitable ‘master plan,’ the job will be his. One hopes that the FA are not going for the ‘cheap’ option, given that Hodgson only has a few months to run on his current contract with West Brom, so the FA won’t have to pay out a huge figure to the club to buy out the remainder of his contract.
Hodgson, who had been in talks with West Brom, where his contract is set to expire at the end of June, has had his head turned by the FA and is currently in talks with the Association.
FA Chairman David Bernstein said in a statement: “Roy is the only manager we have approached and we remain on course to make an appointment within the timescale we set-out soon after Fabio Capello’s departure.”
Ironically, that news broke just hours after Tottenham regained their winning habit by beating Blackburn 2-0 at White Hart Lane having won just four from 14 games since Capello’s departure from the England job.
Speaking earlier this month on whether he would be interested in managing England at Euro 2012, Hodgson said: “It’s such a hypothetical question that there really is no point in answering. If the time came that I was approached then I would certainly discuss the matter however.”