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A no-win situation

A no-win situation

Paul Merson feels sorry for Roy Hodgson as the FA have 'failed to make the choice England wanted'.

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Comments (100)

Reece Kerridge-mccoll (Portsmouth fan) says...

I disagree merse... You were my hero at fratton park but I fear you have misunderstood the media's wrong perception of some of the public. Redknapp was an obvious choice because the media pushed for it an try to shove it in everyone's face while trying to cancel everyone elses chance out by immediately writing them off. Hodgson's international experience does make him more wanted then redknapp because he has proven that he can succeed internationally and with a country like Switzerland so who knows where he can take us.. I personally fell that the media and pundits like yourself should stop being so sceptical and back Roy, because if people are against him it only makes his job 10X harder to succeed because the players will fell that we don't back them... Also, although a good media relationship is good, I'd rather have good performances an results than bother about the media!

Posted 22:23 2nd May 2012

Adam Klein (Ipswich Town fan) says...

anyone actually think that harry WANTED the job in the first place? yes, he always said in interviews that it would be "the pride of any englishman to manage his country" but looking back, he also ducked every question thrown at him about the subject.) a more likely story is the f.a DID try to sign 'arry, but 'arry priced himself out, (either greed or didnt want it) becasue of every other club great (kegan, hoodle, venables erikson etc) who fell just short and didnt want to ruin his reputation. hodgson has plenty of top level experince (unlucky with liverpool) and also international experince and feel confident of a successfull run. (well better than africa anyways)

Posted 22:06 2nd May 2012

Dan Rivers (Tottenham Hotspur fan) says...

I'm a Spurs fan and was at first surprised when Roy Hodgson was given the job. But when you consider what vast experience he actually has, it does make a lot of sense. Harry Redknapp is undeniably an excellent man manager but Roy Hodgson outshines him in several ways, not least the fact he's led three nations before. Let's all get behind the decision and not fall into the trap of writing him off before he's even had a chance.

Posted 21:58 2nd May 2012

Simon Keaney (Manchester City fan) says...

The whole Country wanted Kevin Keegan and look what happened there! Redknapp is nothing more then a cheerleader. All he does is chuck his best players into a team and let them play dosen't care about future planning! With England he'd have no Bale, no Modric he'd have been stuck.

Posted 21:11 2nd May 2012

John Smith (Fulham fan) says...

Hodgson has not won ANYTHING of note, I mean anything. Yes he has years of experience but managing in lower level of football clubs and nations is not a genuine differential. Yes he managed in Italy but that was not a success on three occasions. Yes he has international exposure but Finland and UEA are in a different context, but he was not successful there either . Yes he took the Switzerland to the W/Cup but he took over an already evolved team however tournament experience is a clear delta. The FA have a proven track record of making massively wrong commercial decisions that subsequently paints them into corniers that prevents the 'right' decisions. Wembley and Capello. This married with the fact that Hodgson is a more of a 'corporate man' than Harry seals the deal.

Posted 19:42 2nd May 2012

Dan Brown (Liverpool fan) says...

Surely this is to do with the compensation due to Tottenham and the money they will have wanted should Harry have gone to England. It's not a head-scratcher. Roy was cheaper and will do as well.

Posted 19:41 2nd May 2012

Omar C (Arsenal fan) says...

What has Harry redknapp ever achieved apart from ONE fa cup win in 30 years?

Posted 19:30 2nd May 2012

Fraser Gillespie (Blackburn Rovers fan) says...

Roy is the stellar choice and by far the best choice. 'arry wheeler dealer redknapp, would be a great failure for England, as he simply cannot manage. Success he has achieved is all by spending money from offshore bank accounts and taking bungs, whereas Roy is a great professional. Good on you Roy.

Posted 18:33 2nd May 2012

Nader Rezaie (Tottenham Hotspur fan) says...

Well I'm a Spurs fan and I did want Harry to be England manager for very different reasons!! When the media and moronic ex-pro's like Merson sack Roy he's more than welcome to swap with Redknapp, Hodgson is full of class and intelligence with a truly intercontinental CV. Not a typical England fit come to think of it which is why you're so unhappy. Idiot.

Posted 18:32 2nd May 2012

John John (Liverpool fan) says...

paul merson is spot on with what he has said and no-one can put it any better and it doesnt matter how smart you try and make yourself sound we all know that redknapp was the man to lead us forward and that is no disrespect to hodgson as he is a decent manager and if it come down to qualifications we would be employing mclaren all over again as he is the only ENGLISH manager with an UEFA A coaching liscense and anyone who disagrees is entitled to there own opinion but sorry your wrong

Posted 17:55 2nd May 2012

Gavin Longe (Manchester United fan) says...

I am a big Mancchester United fan here in South Africa. I am also a Harry Redknap but in all honesty his CV does not mact Roy Hodgson's. I am not suggesting that Harry would not have done a good job, but rather that Roy is probably the most qualified for the job! Gee guys give him a chance. If he fails then all hell will break out, BUT if Harry was appointed and then failed, you guys in the UK wouldall have said he was the wrong man as well! Coaches in England stand no chance with the supporters and the media. I feel for them.

Posted 17:53 2nd May 2012

Dean Evans (Manchester United fan) says...

Well said Ethan. I think the heart says Redknapp but the head says Hodgson. We don't daily weekly motivation, we need weekly tactics and that for me makes Hodgson the best choice. At the end of the day it does come down to the players and if I was lucky enough to play for my country I would not need someone to gee me up. I'd want to know how to beat the opposition I'm facing, which Roy is known for being skilled. Good luck to him and the team, at least now we won't arrive on a band of media and Redknapp hype expecting to win it with ease like we always do!

Posted 17:27 2nd May 2012

Alan Henwood (Tottenham Hotspur fan) says...

Every opinion will always get a response not matter how trivia it is. However international football does not have the same draw as our beloved premier league. In saying that the England managers job is a very difficult one and not one I could appoint, and all these opinions are just that opinions. Let's get behind Roy and see how far we can get. On the choice, I believe that Harry would have been a great man manager and that's how premiership players respond, they like being loved and being told how good they are. Roy will take a defensive approach and play 'boring' football, but 'Arry' would have been more expansive and we would have requested the players to play some good football. That is the contrast, I guess we really need someone in between :). Anyways, let's just get behind England, cause you nor I have any say in who becomes the manager, but we can show our support.... COME ON ENGLAND....

Posted 17:25 2nd May 2012

Joshua Washington (Manchester United fan) says...

Paul is 100000000000% right I CANNOT believe they picked Hodgson over Redknapp. He's already proven he can't work under pressure at Liverpool. Not only is Harry an absolutely GREAT manager, he is such a likeable character. He wa perfect for the job. This all comes down to MONEY!!

Posted 17:12 2nd May 2012

Jack Bexton (Manchester United fan) says...

it doesn't matter who is in charge of England, as soon as results start to go against them and a couple of poor performances the media will be slating the manager anyway, regardless if its 'arry or Roy. Impossible job to take on because of ridiculous expectations from the majority of england fans.

Posted 17:10 2nd May 2012

Tim Caulfield (Manchester United fan) says...

Reality check for you Mr Merson, Kevin Keegan was the "People's Choice" but I am afraid he achieved absolutely nothing except leaving England in a worse state than he joined it. Harry Redknapp seems a great guy but he has baggage & that along with Spurs Compensation probably added up to a NO. As For Roy he has history at tournaments without the expectation so maybe he can go that bit better than he did with Switzerland now he has a "Big" (not in my opinion) footballing nation to manage! Best Wishes Roy

Posted 17:04 2nd May 2012

Mark Booth (Liverpool fan) says...

I don't agree with the overall tone of this article however, it is an unfortunate fact that our man Hodgson does not have the backing of the press in the main. Now if many of the opinions on this board are representative of the general view of England fans then the nation is willing to give Roy a chance. Nice, but we all know is results are poor it wont take long for the papers view to influence old Joe public I for one think we could do without yet ANOTHER media crucifixion of an England manager. Its isn't dignified and reflects poorly on everyone. I wish Mr H all the best but just think he's up against it if he cant win over the new paper boys!

Posted 16:49 2nd May 2012

Ped Pearl (Everton fan) says...

Finally the FA get it right! You must be on another planet to think that Harry was the right man for the job... he has proven he is not up for the task with the way his team have performed when it mattered. I also hope that his tax evasion charges came into the thinking of the FA, along with the HUGE fee to release him from his Spurs contract. YES, these things matter! Good luck to Roy... a fine gentleman... and a fine manager.

Posted 16:48 2nd May 2012

Aaron H (Plymouth Argyle fan) says...

Agree with you mers 100% hodgson was the cheap choice, back to boring negative football we go

Posted 16:29 2nd May 2012

Jason Herrera (Manchester United fan) says...

Roy is a great choice. Liverpool wanted Kenny, and got an even worse season than with Roy. Roy again got Switzerland far in the USA and England was back home watching on the tele. You can't go with most popular, you must go with proven track records, experience, and accomplishments.

Posted 16:21 2nd May 2012

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