Roy Hodgson was all set to be
named England manager on Tuesday after talks with the FA at
Wembley on succeeding Fabio Capello in the hot seat.
The West Bromwich Albion manager was the sole candidate
approached for the job and met a four-man Football Association
panel for around four hours on Monday for discussions that were
described as "very positive".
A news conference was called for Tuesday afternoon after
Hodgson had returned to Wembley.
Newspapers reported that the 64-year-old was likely to be
offered a contract taking him through to at least the 2014 World
Cup finals in Brazil and probably Euro 2016.
Hodgson's current contract with his mid-table Premier League
side expires at the end of June, meaning that the FA will not
have to pay any compensation.
Neither Hodgson nor the FA made any official comment,
although he was spotted leaving the Wembley headquarters on
Monday evening with a copy of England's draft itinerary for Euro
The tournament in Poland and Ukraine, which starts next
month, will be the new manager's first challenge.
The FA said on Sunday that West Brom had granted permission
for them to speak to Hodgson about a role that has been vacant
since Italian Capello quit in February.
Hodgson's impending appointment has divided opinion in
England, with fans pleased to have an Englishman back in charge
but Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp the more popular
choice with supporters and players.
Redknapp said on Monday that he bore no grudges at being
overlooked and wished the former Switzerland, Finland and United
Arab Emirates coach all the best.
"I like Roy, he's a top man and I'm sure he'll be a
success," Redknapp said.
Dubbed 'Mr Average' by sections of the media, Hodgson
commands respect for what he has achieved with less fashionable
clubs, as well as his international standing and command of
foreign languages, but no great measure of excitement.
He was sacked after 18 months as manager of Blackburn Rovers
and just six months after taking the helm at Liverpool.
Former England international defender Gary Neville said the
man who took Fulham to the Europa League final and also coached
Inter Milan in Italy, would face a big test in the next few
"All the experience in the world that he'll have won't
prepare him for this," he said of taking England to Euro 2012.
"The fans, the media, the players, the expectation of being
the England manager is huge."
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