After a long and drawn out one man race to be England manager it seems that someone else got the job! But was Roy Hodgson the right choice? If we are to believe the FA then yes. However the press conference was, as Radio 5 put it, a sombre affair. For what it is worth I would like to throw my hat in the ring and give my five pounds worth…..or some other incorrect cliche!
Whilst some short sighted people may look at Hodgson’s short stint at Liverpool I feel the man deserves some more respect. Lets look at his achievements at Fulham and West Brom around a Liverpool job which was taken in a difficult financial situation for the scousers. It is clear that Hodgson can take teams that appear to be falling apart and make them decent, but can he do more than that? Can he become a real winner? No matter what people say about England we can win tournaments and we do have a team that should be knocking on the door. I see us as a sort of Tottenham of the international world, decent but just not good enough yet. We show potential and with players like Rooney, Walker, Lennon, Milner, Walcott, Cahill etc. etc. we should be doing far better than we are. And that is where my issue with Hodgson becomes clear. He has a large amount of experience and is well respect but does not seem to have that killer instinct.
Now is the point where I mention that other manager who did not get the job…..Redknapp. The difference in my opinion is that Redknapp is that archetypal British wheeler dealer. Maybe the FA could not relinquish the control that would be required to have Redknapp at the helm. However, I feel that Redknapp would have the backing of the country and the support of the players. Hodgson is the man that is respected around the world and potentially was the easy option. I see him as a very political appointment. The relationship with FIFA and the FA is strained and Hodgson has connections and respect within FIFA. He can smooth that relationship, but will he win England trophies? I’m not so sure. The fact the FA needed to state that they would need to convince England supporters it was the right decision speaks volumes. My personal opinion is that yet again they have made the wrong decision. If we want England to win we need the English man who will unit the country and that is clearly Redknapp. I also feel sorry for Tottenham who, if the saga is the reason they have had a dip in form, need to ask the FA serious questions. The FA say they handled it well but I’m not so sure.
I think the finally word is that, as an England fan, I will get behind Hodgson but that doesn’t mean that I think the appointment is right. I feel the only reason players are backing him is because they do not want to lose their places in the team. So all there is to say is ‘Hodgson prove me wrong!’