Roy Hodgson will reportedly be announced as the new manager of the English national team today, according to Goal.com. The West Bromwich Albion boss will inherit an England side that has underperformed at major competitions in recent years.
Breaking News - 4pm Press Conference called at Wembley to introduce Roy Hodgson as England manager.— Goal UK (@GoalUK) May 1, 2012
Update: Tuesday, May 1 at 10:20 a.m. ET
The hiring of Hodgson has become official, according to ESPN.
BREAKING: Roy Hodgson appointed England manager.— ESPN Soccernet (@ESPNSoccernet) May 1, 2012
The longtime manager started his career as a player back in 1965 before getting his first coaching job with Halmstad. He's made many stops since then, including stints leading the national teams of Switzerland and Finland.
Hodgson had a record of 27-21-15 with those two squads, neither of which had the depth or skill level of the talent base he'll inherit with England. Getting those players to play together to form a feared team isn't an easy task, though.
The 64-year-old Englishman takes over for Stuart Pearce, who was holding the job on an interim basis after the resignation of Fabio Capello earlier in the year. He won't have any time to settle in with Euro 2012 starting in just over a month.
England aren't being given much of a chance in the marquee tournament due to the presence of powerhouse teams from Spain and Germany, but the Three Lions have more than enough firepower to surprise people.
It will be up to Hodgson to work some magic. He'll likely employ different tactics than those Capello used during his four-year run, so the players will need to adapt to the new coach in short order. A change of pace should actually have a positive impact, however.
All told, the FA made a quick decision knowing it didn't have much time and now Hodgson must prove he deserved the job.