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The wrong approach

Kammy would get behind Roy - but still feels Harry was the man

Chris Kamara - Chris Kamara Posted 30th April 2012 view comments

I was with Roy Hodgson on Saturday and I can't believe he didn't tell me he was going to be interviewed for the England job!

Seriously though, he would be a safe pair of hands for the FA. He's a good manager, he's an elder statesman of the game and he knows this sport inside out. He might not be as charismatic as somebody like Harry Redknapp, but you can't argue with his CV.

Hodgson: has been approached by the FA, but Kammy wonders what's happened with Redknapp

Hodgson: has been approached by the FA, but Kammy wonders what's happened with Redknapp

He's done a fantastic job at West Brom and I find it very surprising that Jeremy Peace didn't knock his door down in January to get him signed up to keep the Baggies in the Premier League for years to come.

People probably underestimate the job he's done at the Hawthorns. A lot of players have grown in stature under him: Chris Brunt has become a central midfield player with authority; Jerome Thomas was considered a Championship player but is now a Premier League regular; and Peter Odemwingie has developed into a striker who is attracting attention from a lot of clubs.

Something has definitely gone wrong there. Maybe they couldn't agree the compensation to get him out of Tottenham? Officially the FA are saying they have only approached Hodgson, but we all know how this works. Everybody in football knows how it works.

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However, his forte is probably the defence and the way he organises the backline. West Brom don't give many goals away but at this moment, if the England team is organised and hard to beat, then that's all we can probably ask for.

He's a great manager and I don't want to diminish that, but I was firmly in the Harry Redknapp camp. I strongly believed he was going to be the manager and I still believe he's the right man.

Something has definitely gone wrong there. Maybe they couldn't agree the compensation to get him out of Tottenham? Officially the FA are saying they have only approached Hodgson, but we all know how this works. Everybody in football knows how it works.

The FA is doing what the FA does best. There was a man they surely wanted, but as soon as the door was half-blocked they have jumped away to move for somebody else without letting the public know what was going on.

I bet they wish they'd gone public at the start of it all when Fabio Capello went. If they'd made a decision straight away they wouldn't have been blamed for Tottenham's dip in form.

They probably thought Tottenham's results would go swimmingly, but they have been on a bad run and a lot of people have blamed it on the speculation over Redknapp's future. In the end maybe the FA didn't want to get involved and have decided to go down a different avenue.

That's no slight on Hodgson. I'm behind him all the way, but a lot of people, like myself, believe it would have been right for Harry.

The team would have been flamboyant under Harry and his forte is working with and reviving senior players. He can get a bit more out of players that others believe have had their day.

That's not Roy's way, but let's give him a chance. He might be great and we're all hoping he will be.

We all know what football's like. It doesn't matter what people think of you, if you get the results then people will get behind you. Look at Alan Pardew as an example; nobody wanted him at Newcastle, but the Geordies absolutely love him now. He's a hero.

If things don't work out well then people will be quick to say "I told you so", but I hope that's not the case.

The rest of the weekend's talking points

Newcastle's defeat to Wigan was a real surprise

Three weeks ago the flavour of the weekend in newspapers was Swansea - and they promptly got battered on the Saturday. Two weeks ago it was Wigan - and they lost at Fulham. This weekend it was Newcastle - and they promptly got battered. Nobody will want any good headlines next weekend!

I watched Newcastle against Stoke last week and they were sensational, so I'd never have foreseen a 4-0 defeat at Wigan. It shows how brilliant Wigan were, they got the first goal and then Newcastle went on to have one of those days that clubs have from time to time where nothing went right for them. The players that have been performing brilliantly didn't perform, but you can't take anything away from Wigan. They were exceptional.

Blackburn Rovers didn't offer a thing against Tottenham

Since the start of the season, Rovers fans have been telling us that the club wasn't right and that they were going to go down. Every week on Goals on Sunday I've been giving them a chance, but that game on Sunday must have been their worst performance of the season. They went down without a fight and that told its own story. Steve Kean didn't want it to happen, but the players made it happen - and to find a way back from that will be very difficult.

Once again, Spurs were brilliant and the race for the third and fourth spot now looks fantastic. Arsenal, Chelsea, Newcastle and Spurs are in there and it will be a great battle until the end of the season.

Roberto Di Matteo has shown he can get the best out of Fernando Torres

I think that's one of the things Di Matteo has done since he's been in charge. He hasn't started Torres in every game, but he's let him take part in almost every game - even in the Nou Camp when he put him on to play on the left wing and asked him to help out with the defending! In the end that scenario worked out perfectly and that restored his confidence to go and score three goals against Queens Park Rangers.

The battle to beat the drop took a few more twists

I think Blackburn are odds-on for relegation now, but football's a funny game. Maybe they'll turn it around against Wigan next week, but on the evidence of what we saw on Sunday it would take an almighty turn around for that to happen.

For me it still goes up to Aston Villa. I think they're in a race with Wigan, Bolton and QPR to avoid that third relegation spot. It was a very damaging defeat for QPR at Chelsea, though.

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Tony Dexter (Arsenal fan) says...

For once a pragmatic, experienced, respected coach. Its true what the say" A king is never valued in his hometown". The media and its blind pessimistic narrow minded followership, once one journalist says its arry the rest follow like zombies. Look at both mens cv's, compare and contrast.

Posted 14:56 30th April 2012

Mikey Best (Atletico Madrid fan) says...

Great! More long ball, kick and rush football! The F.A. never fail to disappoint! The penny never seems to drop with these people does it! They should go one better and appoint Tony Pulis as his assistant! Seriously though, there was only one man for the job (Harry Redknapp): 1) He is English 2) His philosophy is similar to those that are actually successful in International football e.g. Spain, Holland and Germany. Hodgson fails on point number 2! Can't see us making it past the last 16 this summer if they appoint Hodgson, just my opinion!

Posted 14:11 30th April 2012

Michael Tafano (Wolverhampton Wanderers fan) says...

BILLY Joel taps his piano keys and delivers a ditty that goes something like this: ¿Honesty is such a lonely word... Everyone is so untrue.¿ What does that have to do with The Liberty? Kevin Doyle who was tripped when clean through at 2-4. Keeper Michel Vorm could have been red-carded but Doyle attempted to keep his feet. Unheard of in a game where cheats prosper. Arise, Sir Doyle, of Wolverhampton.

Posted 13:59 30th April 2012

Paul T (Fulham fan) says...

"The team would have been flamboyant under Harry and his forte is working with and reviving senior players. He can get a bit more out of players that others believe have had their day. That's not Roy's way" Sorry Kammy, bu I have to disagree with this. I think Roy's strength is getting the best or better out of players. Look what he did at Fulham with Danny Murphy, Damien Duff, Aaron Hughes etc. I think he is the perfect choice, his football and tactical knowledge is second to none in the game. I think he will make England tough to beat which is vital in knock out competitions. And for those who might say he isn't that exciting, how about Fulham's Europa League campaign, that was pretty exciting wasn't it!?

Posted 13:13 30th April 2012

Japan Godwin (Chelsea fan) says...

England should look for a better manager and not hogson and rednapp who have not won any trophy for their club sides. Rednapp and hogson are the last candidate england should think of. England should go for jose mourinho and not this two useless managers. Japan

Posted 12:35 30th April 2012

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