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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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Steve Blackhead (Manchester United fan) says...

listening to their country, or to you and your pundit friends, who raved on about Harry...

Posted 22:44 1st May 2012

J Bangz (Rennes fan) says...

So popularity amongst the fans is ample justification for appointing a manager? Alf Ramsey was widely derided by the press upon appointment, and in truth, his impact on enlgish football was minimal, whilst Dalglish, who you cite as the Liverpool fan's choice is doing an astounding job, guiding Liverpool to an excellent eight position in the premier league. The popular voice is clearly not the right means of selection, Hodgson has far greater international experience, as well as the ability to get the best out of relatively mediocre players, rather than plundering the transfer markets. And It's true, the press won't give him time. You 'feel sorry for him' and 'hope he does well' yet perpetuate the problem by criticising his appointment before he's even picked his first squad. This kind of journalism is the biggest threat to a stable and prosperous England team, not the failure to appoint 'Arry and his media circus.

Posted 22:25 1st May 2012

Harry Gildersleve (Wycombe Wanderers fan) says...

"Hodgson has been an international manager before, but I don't see how that puts him ahead of Harry. He's been around for a hundred years working with international players. His son has played for England and he's been with top-class players all his career." Unlike Hodgson who worked with the following players at his time at Inter: Pagliuca, Panucci, Zanetti, Blanc, Paolo Sousa, Seedorf, Ronaldo, Baggio, Mutu, Zamorano, Recoba, Vieri, Roberto Carlos, Delvecchio, Marco Branca, Ganz, Ince, Berti, Kanu, Aron Winter, Sforza and Djorkjaeff I think Paul Merson needs to sit back and realise that just because he was the 'people's choice' doesn't mean he was the best choice.

Posted 22:17 1st May 2012

Ryan James (Liverpool fan) says...

This article just goes to show what ridiculous control the media have on peoples opinions. Firstly Harry Redknapp is a very good manager and did great jobs at West Ham, Portsmouth and now Spurs, there is no denying that. However, Hodgson has a very impressive CV and whatever you say about him, he has the pedigree and a far better CV than many previous England managers and indeed a far better CV than Harry Redknapp. Things didn't work out at Liverpool, I don't believe he was treated very well by us, the fans had already decided they wanted Dalglish and Hodgson was never going to be accepted. Lets hope he doesn't have the same thing as England manager as that would be very unfair. England fans need to wake up an accept that we are a long way behing the likes of Spain and Germany and not go into to tournaments with such ridiculous expectations.

Posted 21:52 1st May 2012

Robert Wilson (West Ham United fan) says...

I'm think you're wrong , the whole country didn't want Redknapp . Of the 40 guys who work with me only half wanted 'Arry ,10 Hodgson , 4 Pep , 2 Jose and four Villa fans said big Eck

Posted 21:50 1st May 2012

Martin Fletcher (Newcastle United fan) says...

You're wrong. Redknapp is a media choice...not everyone wants him...I certainly don't. Roy Hodgson has great form, and needs an opportunity. If fans chose managers and players (and owners!), where would Newcastle Utd be now? 'His son has played for England'...is the worst and most ludicrous possible reason or choosing him! The rest of your reasoning is also faulty. No matter who manages the expectations are unreasonable and that is the main problem....we think we are better than we are. What this actually is, and you're in danger of being a great example of it, is the Football Old Boys Club...a toxic mix of ex-players and hacks with poisonous opinions, only interested in a story that fits their view, pushed hard on TV and in papers, and which serves their interests. Roy Hodgson 's main challenge will be whether he can resist the temptation to please the media and the crowd by picking 'star'' players with terrible recent international form, rather than try to follow the German example and go for form, enthusiasm, and a willingness to be coached to success. I feel 'gutted' for Roy - having to put up with pointless articles like yours that do nothing constructive. Thanks.

Posted 21:45 1st May 2012

Tony Le pony (Evian TG fan) says...

The whole country - and I mean the whole country - wanted Harry Redknapp Wow.

Posted 21:15 1st May 2012

David K (Brighton and Hove Albion fan) says...

Insidious, biased nonsense. So we should hire Harry because his son played for England? Hodgson is the most qualified man for the job by far, stop trying to destroy him before he's even had a chance just because you're ol' mate 'Arry wasn't picked

Posted 20:52 1st May 2012

Liam Harrison (Arsenal fan) says...

I think by writing this kind of article you're not giving him a chance. The Liverpool fans were not estatic to have Hodgson but he was ultimately judged on results. Similarly, Pardew was by no means welcomed with open arms at the Sports Direct Arena (I think it was called something else at the time), but ask any Toon fan if he was the wrong decision. Yes, Hodgson is going to be closely scrutinised, but talking about feeling sorry for him because you don't think he'll get a chance implies you don't have any faith in him in the first place. I'm an Arsenal fan who wanted Harry, but I say give Roy a chance, and judge him on football results, not his relationship with journalists.

Posted 20:44 1st May 2012

Jeff G (Newcastle United fan) says...

This is a woeful piece Paul. "Hodgson has been an international manager before, but I don't see how that puts him ahead of Harry. He's been around for a hundred years working with international players. His son has played for England and he's been with top-class players all his career." So let's ignore the fact that Roy has managed internationally and at major tournaments, that's no reason to give him the job, but his son played for England so Harry should get it?

Posted 20:31 1st May 2012

Moo Cow (Manchester United fan) says...

Didn't want Harry at all, so you're not speaking about everyone.

Posted 20:27 1st May 2012

Peter Smith (Newcastle United fan) says...

Paul, when you say 'the whole country' wanted Redknapp as manager, don't you just mean London? I genuinely do not know one person who wanted Redknapp to be the manager. The guy's won one trophy in his managerial career and he's being lauded as some sort of genius. Hodgson has been brave enough to work abroad, learn new languages and manage internationally. He has earned this chance to manage his country. Spurs' recent form has shown Redknapp's tactical naivety, and tactics are everything in international football. Just because he's a funny guy and might come out with a few one-liners in press conferences doesn't mean he's the right man for the job. If that was the case, Paulo Di Canio would be managing Italy right now and we'd probably have Peter Kay as manager. Seriously though, why is Redknapp the right man for the job? Everyone has assumed it but never explained it. The only ones I'm sorry for in this whole situation is Spurs, because that compensation must have looked extremely attractive to Levy. Now they're stuck with Redknapp. Hodgson deserves to be given a real chance as England manager and it is disrespectful people like you are STILL going on about good old 'Arry. It's time to wake up and smell the coffee. Harry is not the messiah.

Posted 20:25 1st May 2012

Ben Gill (Arsenal fan) says...

"The whole country - and I mean the whole country - wanted Harry Redknapp. I'm even talking about Arsenal fans who don't normally have anything nice to say about a Tottenham manager" Sorry, what? Thats a bit of a spurious mass generalisation and also not true!!! Quite happy with Roy

Posted 20:18 1st May 2012

Simon Brown (Arsenal fan) says...

The whole country wanted Redknapp? Seriously, the whole country Merson? I haven't read beyond that because it's nonsense. Thank goodness we've got Roy Hodgson not 'Arry.

Posted 20:14 1st May 2012

Joe Roberts (Aston Villa fan) says...

as a Villa fan I fully agree with Merson's comments, it reminds me of when Villa appointed McCleish. It wasn't a popular choice and the relationship continues to deteriorate between the fans, and the board who appointed him...so I can see similar things happening with Hodgson. Having said that I admire Hodgson because of the shape he brings to team play, congrats anyway

Posted 20:11 1st May 2012

Steve Fletcher (Manchester City fan) says...

Paul Merson spokesman for everyone and i mean everyone. Sorry outside London I didn't want Redknapp and I know quite a few others who didn't want him . At the very top if you havn't got the best players it's all about tactics and Harry hasn't a clue

Posted 20:06 1st May 2012

Scott Bollu (Newcastle United fan) says...

Could be the shortest reign of any English manager. I don't see us making it out of the group stages, not with Hodgson as the manager. Hopefully (and no offence to him) after a terrible euros, he will leave and we can get a better manager in. With Jose and Pepe jobless soon, surely one of those should be the future, Roy and Harry are good managers, but like England what have they ever won?

Posted 19:53 1st May 2012

Ian Metcalfe (Newcastle United fan) says...

I think they have made the correct choice, why was Harry the right one? What has he won, what experience has he got - in a word NONE. I for one hope Hodgson is a success and that Harry never gets his chance, just look at his former clubs - nothing to be proud of

Posted 19:35 1st May 2012

John Black (Newcastle United fan) says...

"The whole country - and I mean the whole country - wanted Harry Redknapp." i did not want harry redknapp.

Posted 19:28 1st May 2012

Tony Kibble (Aston Villa fan) says...

Actually really pleased with this appointment. Really fed up with the media telling us that we all want Harry!!! Now if only Randy stopped listening to them telling everyone what a good manager Eck is!!!

Posted 19:19 1st May 2012

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