Roy Hodgson on Ferguson, Moyes and England's World Cup hopes
England boss Roy Hodgson talks Ferguson, Moyes, Lampard and World Cup qualification on GoS.
Last Updated: 19/05/13 1:58pm
Sir Alex Ferguson will bring his trophy-laden stint as Manchester United boss to a conclusion at the end of the season and will be replaced at Old Trafford by long-time Everton chief David Moyes.
Hodgson told Ben Shephard and Chris Kamara what made the outgoing United manager so special and why the incoming one will flourish at the Theatre of Dreams when he officialy starts work on July 1.
The England coach also explained how Frank Lampard, now Chelsea's record goal scorer with 203 goals in all competitions, has been able to thrive in his mid-30s - and how confident he is that his charges will make the 2014 World Cup in Brazil...
SIR ALEX FERGUSON
"He is right at the top when it comes to managers. He has done a great job for such a long period of time and he has done it at the highest level; to be a manager for 26 years in itself is an achievement as to do it you have to survive a few crises but to do it at Manchester United, a club where there is no respite, is [excellent] and I think that is down to his human qualities. I was surprised he decided to retire because Alex's energy and enthusiasm, two of the most vital qualities to be a manager, are like they have always been and I accepted it at face value when he told me few weeks back he was looking forward to next season and leading his group of players. However, he fully deserves to enjoy his retirement and I'm sure he will find plenty of things to do without the day-to-day involvement with the players."
"David has done very well at Everton and Preston before that and he thoroughly deserves this opportunity. It is a massive step up because Manchester United is the biggest club in the world, but David is ready for it and should not be looking at the job as a hiding to nothing, even though I suppose the chances of failure are greater than the chance of success. He will be grateful and honoured to have been given the opportunity but he will realise that he can do the job. He may not have won a trophy but he has had over 500 games in the Premier League as manager of Everton and regularly taken them in and around the top six, and that is like winning a trophy for club that cannot compete financially with some of the others. I also think David is fortunate that Sir Alex is staying on as an ambassador and I'm sure Ferguson will be a very good sounding board."
"We were very unlucky to lose him just before Euro 2012 to injury, while there have been other times this season where injury has prevented us from selecting him. However, every time he has played he has done extremely well and is one of these people who makes the idea of age irrelevant; he is still as athletic as he was when he started off as a young player, as he doesn't thrive on pure athleticism but his ability to use his pace to get into good positions and not to go surging around the field."
ENGLAND'S WORLD CUP HOPES
"I have had great support from people at the FA, have a great staff and have enjoyed working with the players. We have had three draws in our six games and I think one of those should have been a victory which would have helped us up the table, but we are in a good position [two points behind Group H leaders Montenegro] and have three of our last four matches at home. The team is getting stronger and I am very confident that we can get the points we need in the remaining games, but, of course, you need a bit of luck, and to have the players you want available."