Ferguson surprised at Hodgson appointment

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson thinks the FA has bucked a trend by appointing Roy Hodgson as England manager over favourite Harry Redknapp.


The Old Trafford boss also backed Hodgson to be a success with the national and praised his track record.


Ferguson admitted surprise at the fact that English football’s governing body went against the preferred choice for much of the press and public.


“The surprise for me was for the first time I can remember the FA didn’t bend to the press,” he said on the Red Devils’ official website.


“The press had their own view of Harry and I think we all supported that and normally the FA bend to the press but they didn’t do it this time. That was surprising”


Despite Hodgson not being the favourite for the role departed by Fabio Capello at the beginning of February, Ferguson feels the FA made a good choice and lauded the current West Brom manager’s track record.


The Scot believes that Hodgson fits the bill for the all-round attributes needed to manage England, but warned the need for fortune when dealing with England’s media.


“Roy has fantastic experience, he’s a good man and he has the right profile in every respect for the job,” he continued.


“I’ve always said that to manage England you need to be in your 60s, without doubt. You need to be going into that job with all the experience behind you of club football.


“I hope he does well. He’ll need luck in terms of dealing with the press because that is really important in the job.”


Hodgson’s first game in charge ahead of Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine is against Norway later this month.


The England squad will have been announced by then and Ferguson believes two of his young defensive stars, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, should be among those going to the tournament.


“I think Jones and Smalling should go but they haven’t played a lot of football for us this season at centre-back,” he added.

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