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For everyone who keeps mentioning Roy's time at Inter they seem to forget that he actually did very little with them. Finishing 6th and 13th. Yes i agree he is a decent manager, but is decent good enough. Arry on the other hand i think is a better man manager and gets more out of his players when everyone thinks they are finished. People keep saying that he has won nothing but seem to forget that when he took over tottenham they BOTTOM of the league. Since he has been there they have been consistenctly challeging for champions league places. He's bought well and improved players. In my opinion he was by far the better choice. Even Roy has "experience" it is managing in Switzerland, Denmark and UAE. Nowhere near the expectation placed on the shoulders of the England Manager. Every team he has managed have performed at a mid table level. Do we really need England to be a mid table team?
Posted 15:39 2nd May 2012
We don't know exactly what happened with Redknapp... maybe he had a quiet word and said 'don't approach me - i don't want it' you never know. As for Roy, he's class. I'm not at all disappointed. He's left liverpool (where he was never given a chance), moved to West Brom and done brilliantly! He just gets on with the job. Im still not expecting miracles from this current squad and i think any realistic England fan would have to admit we are in a transition period right now. This tournament is massive with respect to the older players teaching the youngsters how to act and play at international senior standard. This tournament is preparation for 2014 and I hope that other England fans support Roy and give him a chance... unlike Liverpool! I wish him all the best! Good luck Roy!!!
Posted 14:21 2nd May 2012
I'm so delighted that all of the other posts on here are pretty much saying exactly what I was thinking when I read this. Paul, you're (usually) a great pundit and I fully respect your views but you couldn't be more wrong and the posts below go some way to proving it. I actually think the media wanted 'arry more than the fans did! I think he was the 'obvious' choice rather than necessarily the right one! Personally, I think Roy has the pedigree and the ability to be a much better England manager whether 'the country' recognise it or not. The most popular doesn't always equal the best! I'm sure the F.A. have made a decision based on set criteria, to question whether 'they only care about themselves' is not only nonsensical but just plain ridiculous! I don't think England fans will put any more pressure on England to win under Roy than they would've done under Harry - if anything it 's only the media (like you) that will!
Posted 13:34 2nd May 2012
Couldnt of put it any better merson, hogdson might be a good manager but if the players, fans anyone connected to England is telling you to pick Harry why didnt they, the FA wouldnt of had to make any exscuses if they appointed Harry and it went wrong because the public wanted Harry to be appointed and its on are heads not theres. They bring un-needed pressure onto them constantly they need to get it sorted!
Posted 13:28 2nd May 2012
Well done the FA! I think response to this article proves Harry wasn't the whole country's choice at all and those who keep beating that drum are doing so in delusion! England wants an Englishman, no english manager is littered with trophies and medals as a manager, so the FA have picked the one with the most varied and applicable experience, simple. If cost was ever a consideration then I'm very happy that the cheaper alternative was the chosen route; why we as a country should pay twice the rates (and more) of other countries beggars belief, someone tell me what it achieves! Put the savings into grass routes or put the savings into the FA Cup prize fund (make the trophy an attractive proposition in a time when money talks), don't give an individual money on the hip (oh unless he has the ability to unleash mysterious footballing powers on his players, ideally originating in Spain)!
Posted 13:26 2nd May 2012
First and foremost - congrats to Roy - you deserve the England Job - no - i didnt want 'arry - never in a million years - no tactical understanding whatsoever, one FA Cup - whoopie!! - crooked as a hill billies smile - springs to mind paul, im a londoner, a gooner for 20 years, asked all my friends here in ireland who they think should be boss - 2 said 'arry the rest said wenger, hodgson and moyes. honestly i always thought we got the "wrong" italian - we should of gone for trappatoni my first choice was David Moyes - for england and arsenal - roy hodgson is a solid appointment - been there done that at international level and your sniping and detrimental attitude and condescending article just goes to show the WORLD over that the english press knows nothing. as they used to say "put a sock in it" - roy IS the right man - were not brazil/spain/holland - we should be more like ireland and italy - hard to beat - strong defensively, physical, tiring out the opposition - because thats how to beat teams like brazil/germany/spain/holland - if your mate got the job we would get hammered by the above. grow up. get behind roy and the team. and keep your poisonous thoughts in private. again good luck roy and congrats. Richard
Posted 13:18 2nd May 2012
How can some of you say that Harry is tatically inept? I'm pretty sure the season he moved from Portsmouth to Spurs, Portsmouth were relegated and Spurs went from relegation zone to Top 6 team?!?!? Ok, if he has "no plab b" then his plan a is pretty damn good as spurs have been great all season. Despite being a Liverpool fan I like Roy and feel he came to us at the wrong time (previous owners...) but I feel now that he is gonna be another Steve McClaren and lead us nowhere...
Posted 13:12 2nd May 2012
I can't believe how this article has attracted criticism from readers. These people are missing the point, Paul is not in any way saying that Hodgson is not up to the task, of course he could do a good job. He's experienced and has an impressive CV. But this decision has put the pressure straight on England, from being in a position where the was little pressure (compared to previous competitions). If anything goes wrong, the press and the public will point the finger straight at Roy, whereas if it was Harry the public pressure wouldn't have built up in the same way until the next tournament (unless it was a complete disaster. This is the first time that the public, press and players has been almost unanimous in its opinions of the next England manager and the FA have decided to ignore this and put huge pressure straight on Roy, the team and the FA. I think Paul has got it absolutely spot on
Posted 13:09 2nd May 2012
I cant understand people in this country!! Just because every England fan wanted Harry Redknapp as the next England manager doesnt mean the FA should bow down to that & spend 10 million on a manager just to buy out his contract. If the FA were to do that & Harry had a shocker as England manager, as per it would of been the FA that get it in the neck not the players which it should be! I think Hodgson is as good as Redknapp if not better & has International experience, everyone is going off the back of Hodgson time at Liverpool which was unsuccessful but King Kenny isnt doing much better in the league and has had a much better backing in the finacial department. It is stupid that Hodgson has not even had is first game as England boss & England fans are already saying its a bad appointment, give the bloke a chance before you critcise. Plus if we all appranlty know so much about Football why arent these people involved in Football professionally? For once I think the FA have made a quality Football decision, might not of been what the people wanted or expected but what ever people say isnt going to change thier decsion. So lets get behind the manager & the players and maybe one day this nation might actually win something again!!!
Posted 13:07 2nd May 2012
You make the point that all the Liverpool fans wanted Dalglish not Hodgson, well eventually Liverpool got the man the fans wanted and how has that worked out for them? 8th in the League and won 5 home games this season.
Posted 12:57 2nd May 2012
I don't see what the problem is. Roy has been making average teams over succeed for over 30 years, so maybe he can do the same with England. When its all said in done, the whole country didn't want Redknapp, thats the media again telling us what we should think. If we wanted the best man for the job, we wouldn't be looking at Redknapp. If it was the best English manager, then when you throw the CV of Roy and that of Harry, Roy wins hands down. So whats the big deal, give the man a chance. Whats the worst that can happen? We fail to perform in a big tourament just like the last 40-50 years then. No biggie!
Posted 12:53 2nd May 2012
As a tottenham fan, I am pleased. And before you assume that is because I didn't want our manager to leave, you are wrong! Tottenham fans love harry for what he has done for us but they also realise that tactically, redknapp can be poor, as he has often proved. We aren't blind! Roy, is a much better candidate for this job, simple as that. Just because fans and pundits backed Harry and Liverpool fans (blindly) think Roy is a bad manager is not a reason to not give the best candidate the job. In recent months, spurs fans would not have been overly upset to see harry go, but we are pleased to see him stay at the same time. Liverpool fans need to stop giving roy grief because lets look at the home form this year. I haven't got stats to back this up so feel free to tell me the stats, but is Dalglish really doing any better than roy in the league? It is clearly something else at Liverpool that led to roy's downfall there. Lets just stop talking about it. The FA made their decision and for once appear to have stuck to their guns, so lets just get behind Roy and the boys and see what tey can do before we write them off!! Come on England
Posted 12:47 2nd May 2012
The Harry Redknapp thing isn't a north south thing, it is a media thing....my office is 3-1 in favour of Roy and we are southerners. The media wanted Harry as they would have unprecedented access to the England team through him. He writes for the sun, he visits skysports news studios. How could we have an England manager that cannot read, write, do arithmetic or use technology, harry's his honesty un court may have been his undoing!!! As a spurs fan i was torn between wanting England to take him & pay us £10 million and thinking Roy is the best candidate who should get the job... Lets just get behind RH
Posted 12:44 2nd May 2012
The F.A are a joke. This appointment shows that they are completely clueless. To say that Roy Hodgson is the best man for the job is just complete rubbish. Just becuase he is English and has international experience does not qualify you to become a national team manager of one of the biggest football nations who want to win something. So if a manager has international experience but loses every game, does that make him a candidate? Of course it doesn't. Roy's managerial record is not that good. At international level the best he has done is take Switzerland to the last 16 of the World Cup. As Finland manager he won only 27% of his games which is the worst record of any Finland manager since 2000. He done even worse at his other international jobs. Apart from winning league titles in Sweden in the 70's and 80's in a tinpot league he hasn't been successful or done well at any big team. Surely the criteria for becoming England manager is to have done well at a big team or if not then overachieved at a small team. Roy doesn't come into either category. The only two big teams he has managed are Liverpool and Inter Milan and he was sacked from both teams because he wasn't good enough. At Inter Milan he finished 7th in the league and was sacked the following season after losing nearly every game. At Liverpool he took a good team into a relegation scrap. At all the small teams he has been at in the Premier League he has languished in the bottom half of the table just battling to fend off relegation. Even when he got Fulham to the Europa League final his team had a poor season in the league in mid table mediocrity. To add to this poor record his teams play the dullest brand of football, don't score many goals and hardly ever win any away games. Any successful team wins over 60% of their games. Roy Hodgson averages 43.3% win rate overall, only 31.5% in England, only 43% in Italy and 2 of his internationa
Posted 12:30 2nd May 2012
I cannot disagree more with Mers, everybody I have spoken to, myself included, really didn't mind who became the England manager, we were spoon fed Redknapp by the media, who are now chastising a man who hasn't even had one game in charge, the Suns front page today is some of the worst Journalism I have ever read. I for one am more than happy to give Roy Hodgson my full support, I don't see what more HArry has done than Roy, in fact Hodgson has a far greater knopwledge of international football and has also coached abroad, if anything, his credentials far outway MR Redknapps. Good luck to him I say, & for goodness sake, let's get behind him
Posted 12:23 2nd May 2012
Very off topic here, but why does everyone think Harry has spent a ton of money? 102 Mill in 4 seasons with over 67 Mill coming back in from players sold? I'm sure allot of clubs have spent more the last 4 seasons. Kenny spent 107 Mill since he been back. With regards to England, don't think Roy is right, not sure Harry would have been either. Would have liked to have seen El Tel have another go :-) O'Neill, Pearce, Moyes, Pardew for me all a better choice than Roy......but he's the man, so backing him all the way and wish him all the best
Posted 12:17 2nd May 2012
Hodgson is a good appointment. Typical english football fans instantly looking for a way to criticise the team and moan about our national side and it's manager. Give the guy a break. He's a top bloke who cares about english football, has bags of experience and has shown with West Brom and Fulham that he can work with underdogs and get them playing good football. How's about for once, as hodgson said in his press conference, we all actually get behind both team and manager? As usual great negativity surrounds the england team, people need to stop just jumping on the bandwaggon and get behind the team for the Euros.
Posted 12:14 2nd May 2012
Woy manages a very mediocre team after failing at Liverpool, he's old and about to retire, he's past it, he's out of ideas...he's perfect for the job. This will finish him off.
Posted 12:03 2nd May 2012
Hodgson has proven himself time and time again with relatively mediocre squads (particularly in recent times) and, let's face it, England have a been a mediocre side for a long time now. He isn't a 'media darling' which, in my eyes, makes him a perfect candidate for the job - we scrutinise our managers' every move like a pack of vultures who are just waiting for the kill. Let him do the job the way he sees fit; let the country whoop itself up into a frenzy as always and, only then, can we really see whether he was the right choice. Not everybody wanted Harry - and why would they with his track record? Hodgson is the right man because those in charge say he is - get off his back and give him the opportunity to succeed or we will continue to be a nation of moaners who always blame somebody else instead of looking at the squad we have and recognising that the big names don't always make for big results.
Posted 11:49 2nd May 2012
I think Roy has experience and pedigree beyond Harry, he is experienced in international tournament football and managed in an array of countries. The average public laughed when he came back to England not knowing who he is, then they were surprised when he started to turn things around for clubs. Granted Liverpool did not work out well but the only reason why Kenny still has his job for finishing where they will is because he is a Liverpool icon and given more of a chance. I think if want someone to provide a solid base to build a football team and remain cool under pressure you cannot go far wronger than Roy. Good luck to the man and I hope England flourishes under his guidance.
Posted 11:48 2nd May 2012