Hodgson named England boss in ‘next 48 hours’

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Roy Hodgson is set to be named England boss within the next 48 hours according to reports, after the FA confirmed they will hold talks with the West Brom manager this week.


Hodgson is expected to agree terms with the FA to take up the managerial role left vacant by Fabio Capello in February after the governing body revealed the 64-year-old is the only man they approached for the role.


The 64-year-old has arrived at Wembley to discuss becoming the new Three Lions boss, with an announcement expected before the week is out.

A four-man panel will interview Hodgson in the coming days with Hodgson having already discussed the position with FA chairman David Bernstein.


In a statement on their website the FA confirmed their approach for Hodgson, while also revealing he was the only man they had spoken to about the job.


“West Bromwich Albion have today granted permission for The FA to speak with Roy Hodgson regarding the position of England Manager,” the statement read.


“This follows an approach from FA Chairman David Bernstein to West Bromwich Albion Chairman Jeremy Peace.”


David Bernstein said: "I'm grateful to Jeremy and all at West Bromwich Albion for their co-operation in allowing us to approach Roy, who I have since spoken with.


"Roy is the only manager we have approached and we remain on course to make an appointment within the timescale we set-out soon after Fabio Capello's departure.


"Further conversations will now take place with Roy and my Club England colleagues before any further announcements can be made."


The news of the approach for the former Fulham manager comes as something of a surprise given Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp’s position as front-runner for the job.


Phil Gartside, Bolton chairman and FA board member, previously spoke out in favour of Redknapp being named the new England boss while the England Supporters Club have demanded clarity over the lack of an approach for the 65-year-old.


'”I think first of all, the FA needs to be open in terms of the situation,” Mark Perryman, a prominent member of the group, said.


'It's almost inconceivable they haven't approached Redknapp. I think the fans and the broader sporting public have a right to know what the situation is with Redknapp.

'It's quite conceivable he has turned the job down but fans have the right to know.


'I am not saying Hodgson is the wrong man but clearly there was a popular mood around Redknapp and in the spirit of open governance, let's be clear what the situation was there.'


Tottenham’s recent slump in form, which seemed to coincide with Capello’s departure and Redknapp’s emergence as the favourite for the job appears to have worked against the former West Ham boss, who conceded he may now never get the chance to manage England again.


"I can't see it (the England job) coming up for me now," Redknapp told The Times last night.


“Good luck to Roy. Everyone else was saying I might get it but I never spoke to Daniel Levy (the Spurs chairman) about England.


"I've got a great job at Spurs and I'd like to continue that for as long as I can. It's up to Daniel whether I get a new contract but I'd like to stay on. We've had a few difficult weeks but it's been a great four years. I will plan the future here."


Hodgson looks set to guide West Brom to their first ever top ten finish in the Premier League having taken over at the Hawthorns 15 months ago following a disastrous six-month spell at Liverpool.


The former Switzerland manager, who has also had spells with Inter Milan, Blackburn and Malmo was sacked from his role at Anfield having overseen Liverpool’s worst start to a league campaign since 1953.

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