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Last Updated: 03/01/10 2:20pm

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Hodgson's the choice

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The Sunday Supplement panel believe Fulham boss Roy Hodgson is the leading candidate to become the next England manager.

"I suppose if Capello did leave after the World Cup - which is a possibility - then Hodgson would be one of the people in the frame."
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Hodgson was offered an improved contract by Fulham last week and this Sunday's People newspaper claims he agreed to sign up to nothing longer than a one-year rolling contract because he's in the frame to take over from Fabio Capello after the World Cup.

The FA have released a statement insisting they expect Capello to be in charge of the national side for the European Championships in 2012 and while the England job is not currently available, the Supplement panel believe Hodgson would be a leading contender when the Italian eventually steps down.

And Oliver Holt of the Daily Mirror says nobody should be surprised that Hodgson is being talked about as a potential national team manager.

"I don't think it is that surprising," he said.

"We've all had to do our best things of the year recently and I think Hodgson has been the manager of the year so far. He's done an absolutely brilliant job at Fulham.

"He was being talked about as a future England manager when he moved to Blackburn and then it all went wrong and he dropped out of the limelight for a while.

"He's got a fantastic reputation, he's worked all over Europe and I agree he would be a good choice.

"Whether he's actually being lined up I don't know. I imagine it's not that big on the FA's wishlist at the moment, I think they've got other things to worry about.

"I don't think there's any particular thoughts about Capello leaving, but I suppose if Capello did leave after the World Cup - which is a possibility - then Hodgson would be one of the people in the frame."


Rob Draper of the Mail on Sunday is in no doubt that the FA should turn to Hodgson when Capello leaves the England job.

And he says the former Inter Milan and Blackburn boss, who has managed Switzerland, Finland and the United Arab Emirates at international level, should have been offered the job before.

"Hodgson should be top of that shortlist if Capello does decide he's had enough," Draper said.

"This is a man who was offered the Germany job; they actually offered it and then took it away because they decided they couldn't not give it to a German.

"This is the perverse thing about our country. Hodgson's reputation around the world is immense and the Germans were willing to consider him for their job - but we're not willing to consider him for the England job!

"There is an argument for saying he should have got it when Steve McClaren got it and he should have got it when Capello got it.

"The problem was he wasn't managing in the Premier League. Now he's come back and we're all noticing him and writing about him. His profile is higher and probably the fans would be a bit more accepting.

"He would be an exceptional appointment and for me he's the outstanding candidate."

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