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Unusually for a British manager, Roy Hodgson has enjoyed a successful career managing teams abroad. He won silverware during stints in Sweden and Denmark, before an impressive period in charge of Fulham which culminated in a UEFA Europa League final appearance.
He started life at Halmstad where he took them from relegation candidates to two-time title-winners in what was a remarkable period in his career. The job he did at Halmstad is still remembered as one of the great managerial performances of all time in Sweden, and it saw him establish a reputation as an astute operator capable of bigger and better things.
After brief spells at Bristol City and IK Oddevold, he returned to Sweden and took over at Malmo. He led the club to five consecutive league championships and was offered a lifetime contract. His influence on Swedish football will be remembered for many years to come, with his tactical innovations seen as central to the style of football still seen there today.
Xamax in Switzerland was his next adventure, guiding them to third- and fifth-placed league finishes before taking charge of the Swiss national side. He took the Swiss team to the 1994 World Cup in the USA—their first qualification for a major tournament since 1966—where they lost to Spain in the last 16. He also led them to Euro 96, but they finished bottom of their group.
Italian giants Inter Milan persuaded him to take charge at the San Siro, and after a turbulent beginning he guided them to the UEFA Cup final in 1997. An uninspired spell at Blackburn Rovers followed, before a brief return to Inter and a season at Grasshoppers.
Eventually, he settled at FC Copenhagen where, in 2001, he guided them to their first league title since 1993, before leaving for Udinese in Italy.
Spells as national team manager of the UAE and Finland followed, before a successful few seasons at Fulham saw him improve his reputation with the English press, which had been harmed during his time at Blackburn. He saved Fulham from relegation initially, before cementing them as a comfortable Premier League side and taking them to their first ever major European final in their 130-year history.
However, a disastrous spell at Liverpool followed, before a move to West Brom saw him repair the damage done at Anfield. He was finally offered the England job after Fabio Capello's resignation in 2012.
He has built a reputation as a sound tactician, but his caution has attracted some critics. However, it's clear from his past that he is a manager capable of building successful teams and exceeding expectations—exactly what England need right now.