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Roy Hodgson ponders his route to the England job
I remember first hearing the name Roy Hodgson while watching the 1994 World Cup. The lamentable reign of Graham Taylor had ended when England failed to reach the finals, yet here was an Englishman managing a Swiss side and performing admirably.
"Who is this cosmopolitan tactical genius?" I thought to myself. Though compared to Taylor it was not difficult to look like Garry Kasparov, it was still refreshing to see an English manager making his reputation abroad.
In my ignorance I was unaware that Hodgson had been managing with some success across mainland Europe for 18 years before the World Cup, racking up honors on a dozen occasions.
After Switzerland, Hodgson briefly managed Inter Milan, taking them to a UEFA Cup final before winning two trophies in Denmark for Copenhagen.
Fulham was Hodgson's chance to return home and establish his reputation in England. Though never reaching the heights in the league (though that isn't surprising considering Fulham's resources) Hodgson led the London side to the Europa League final.
When Hodgson took over at Liverpool, he felt he had finally been given the big club in England that his long curriculum vitae deserved.
After the worst run in 56 years, Hodgson felt the Liverpool fans had hindered his ability to succeed at the club, particularly due to their devotion to Kenny Dalglish (who could still be seen at Anfield).
Hodgson came within a previous contractual obligation of becoming England manager instead of Sven Goran Eriksson.
Could this be Roy's time?
Boasting an incredible wealth of experience, Hodgson has worked across the world and has won 14 trophies.
He wants to be England manager. In fact, Hodgson was linking himself to the post very recently while in his current position as West Bromwich Albion manager, where last season he did a very good job to secure 11th place in the Premier League for the Black Country club.
As mentioned by others Hodgson is an anathema to Liverpool fans due to his boorish methods and distinctly unimaginative playing style.
I suspect Hodgson is a good manager with limited players whom he can mold with his emphasis on organization and hone into an efficient team.
Hodgson's career is defined by surprising success with untalented teams, which is not the ideal skill set of an England manager.
Thousands of Liverpool fans will tell you Hodgson would make a fantastic England manager—but every one of them would be Scottish.
Not as likely as before his Liverpool debacle, but terrifyingly possible. Hodgson is liked by the press and seen as an elder statesman of the game, something the FA laps up.
Hodgson's patience and self-appreciation were revealed in how phlegmatic he was in regards to the Anfield faithful.
God only knows how he would be as England manager when criticized.
I have no doubt he would be the second coming of Graham Taylor.