No surprise for Hodgson
Roy Hodgson is not shocked Harry Redknapp is the front-runner to become the next England manager.
Last Updated: 10/02/12 5:50pm
Roy Hodgson is not shocked Harry Redknapp is the front-runner to become the next England manager given the job he has done at White Hart Lane.
Over the last three years, the Spurs boss has guided the club to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League and turned them into Premier League title challengers.
When Redknapp took charge of Tottenham, they were sat second-from-bottom of the Premier League and so the turnaround has been even more impressive.
It is therefore logical to Hodgson, who is thought to be among the contenders for the England job, that the former West Ham, Portsmouth and Southampton boss is the favourite.
"He's had a very good period of time now with Tottenham, he's got a lot of backing from a lot of people in the country so I'm not surprised at all," said the West Brom manager.
Hodgson was sorry to see Capello leave his post and the way it all unfolded, with the Italian having been left unhappy at the Football Association board's decision to strip John Terry of the captaincy while he fights a charge of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.
"I'm not pleased by the situation," he said.
"If anything, I'm saddened by it, for the simple reason that as a football coach and manager you have empathy with fellow football coaches and managers and it's a bit sad to see someone who's managed to qualify his team for a top competition not being there with the team to follow it through."