Many fans over the past few months were hoping Harry Redknapp was going to be named as the next England manager, it’s not surprising considering his record and his truly English characteristics. However after it was announced that Hodgson would be the man taking England to Euro 2012 many fans are already jumping into action questioning his ability and condemning him to fail.
Roy Hodgson has proven his ability over the last twenty-four years and aside from a couple of poor spells at a small number of clubs has been largely successful. Hodgson has in fact managed in Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Finland UAE, Denmark, Norway and of course England.
In 1976 and 1979 he won two Swedish championships with Halmstad in his first managerial job after a poor spell at Bristol City he returned to Sweden with Orebro and was successful despite not winning any silverware he then stepped up to Malmo were he won five consecutive Swedish championships and two Swedish league cups.
After Sweden Hodgson managed a Swiss club side before being appointed manager of Switzerland’s national side and taking them to third in Fifa’s rankings and to the quarter-final’s of the 1994 world cup in USA. Roy Hodgson was then appointed as manager of Inter Milan and took them to the UEFA Cup final only to lose on penalties.
In 1998 as manager of Blackburn Rover’s Hodgson secured European football for the club for the first time since they won the premiership title in 1995. Hodgson was then sacked the following season. Over the next few years Hodgson won the Danish Superliga with FC Copenhagen and had spells as manager of the UAE national team, Finland national team, Udinese and Viking FK in Norway.
In 2008 Hodgson won four of the last five games of the season in charge of Fulham to save them from relegation, the following season he took them to their highest ever finish, an impressive seventh in the English premier league, the following season he guided them to the Europa league final only to lose in extra time to Atletico Madrid despite knocking out Italian giants Juventus along the way.
Then followed Hodgson’s much scrutinised spell at Liverpool where he was sacked before taking the West Brom job. Not only pulling them from the brink of relegation but after an incredible run of results guided them to 11th in the league.
Hodgson may not be everybody’s cup of tea but he has proven himself before and has experience as a national team manager. My suggestion is for once England fans support their manager and see what he produces.