Roy Hodgson set for England job after lengthy talks with FA
May 1, 2012 · 0 Comments
Roy Hodgson is being tipped to be named the next England manager on Tuesday after the West Brom manager held talks with the Football Association on Monday.
The 64-year-old met with a panel consisting of four FA officials on Tuesday to discuss his managerial future. He was authorized by West Brom to make contract discussions regarding taking the vacant England managerial position.
An FA spokesman has confirmed that the association have only approached Hodgson regarding the job ahead of June’s Euro 2012 tournament.
The job was being heavily linked with Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, who has played down rumours that he’ll be leading his country into next month’s European championship.
The FA have revealed that Hodgson is the only candidate it has approached regarding the job ahead of the European Championships in June.
Hodgson’s contract with West Brom comes to an end on the June 30, and a deal with England is expected to keep him with the international side until at least Euro 2016.
Hodgson talked to BBC Radio 5 Live regarding the vacant managerial position: “It’s news to me.” he stated. ”I shall just watch like everyone else interested in football to see who the next England manager will be.
“I don’t know what the plans are of the FA, as I’ve said all along. They’ve got a job to do. I’m sure they have looked into the sort of candidates that they consider potentially right for the job.
“No doubt, if you say next week, we’ll find out which candidate they have plumped for.”
England have only two fixtures before their first game of the Euro 2012 tournament, friendly fixtures with Norway and Belgium will take place on May 26 and June 2 respectively.
The English national team are favorites to dominate Group D along with France, although Sweden and Ukraine should not be underestimated, especially as the latter will be playing on home turf. The tournament gets underway on the 9th of June.
By Sion Cleaver