Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Hodgson appointed as England new coach, calls for support

The Football Association on Tuesday confirmed Roy Hodgson as the new manager for England. The four-year deal signed by the 64-year-old will see him take England till the end of UEFA EURO 2016.
Hodgson will remain in charge of West Bromwich Albion for their remaining two Premier League matches of the season, against Bolton and Arsenal, although he will be released for England duties as required.
A statement by the Football association said;
“The Football Association is delighted to announce the appointment of Roy Hodgson as England Manager.
“Joining from West Bromwich Albion, Hodgson has agreed a four-year deal to become the full time manager of the Three Lions.
Hodgson who was appointed as Fabio Capello’s successor admits that he is prepared for criticism, but asks for the support of everyone. Speaking in a report he said;
“The scrutiny will be big. I understand that. Inter Milan wasn’t exactly too easy though when I was there. We all know the England’s manager’s job is a pinnacle of success for every England manager, but it brings scrutiny and criticism, so I have prepared for that.
"It's always a big job to win people over. I'm prepared for criticism. The fact is I took it at Liverpool and I'll take it here. It's important the players buy into what we do, and that the country buy into what we're trying to do. I'm expecting a lot of support from everybody.
"I'm hoping everyone in England gets behind their football team, because we want to give this country the successful football team we’ve been waiting for since 1966.”
Hodgson will now begin preparation with England for the Euro 2012 campaign.

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