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Monday 30 April 2012

West Brom boss Hodgson set for England talks

Baggies give experienced manager permission to speak with the Football Association

Roy Hodgson has been in charge at the Hawthorns since February 2011

West Bromwich Albion have given the Football Association permission to speak to Roy Hodgson about the vacant England manager’s position.

This follows an approach the FA made to West Brom club chairman Jeremy Peace on Sunday.

Hodgson is now poised to open talks with the FA this week although the Baggies have stated that they want him to stay at the Hawthorns.

"We have emphasised to Roy how much we would like him to remain as our Head Coach"
- West Brom's Jeremy Peace

"Roy has done a fantastic job over the past 15 months and the fact The FA want to discuss the England role with him is testament to that," Peace told the club's official website.

"Roy is a proud Englishman and we can understand why he wants to speak to The FA about this highly-prestigious managerial position.

"However, we have emphasised to Roy how much we would like him to remain as our Head Coach and continue his major contribution to our project at The Hawthorns as we look to establish ourselves as a Barclays Premier League club."

The 64-year-old has extensive international and club experience, having managed the likes of Switzerland, Finland, Inter Milan and Blackburn Rovers before joining Fulham in December 2007.

In 2008/09, Hodgson led the Cottagers to a seventh-place finish in the Barclays Premier League as well as the UEFA Europa League final in 2010.

He moved to Liverpool soon after that final defeat to Atletico Madrid and following a disappointing six-month spell at Anfield, Hodgson joined West Brom in February 2011.

"Roy is the only manager we have approached"
- FA Chairman David Bernstein

The Baggies have enjoyed a successful Barclays Premier League season and are on course for a top 10 finish after a campaign which has included a 5-1 win at Wolves and a 4-0 demolition of in-form Sunderland.

The FA confirmed that Hodgson, whose West Brom contract expires at the end of June, is the only candidate they have approached in their search for Fabio Capello's successor.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp had been strongly linked with the England role since Capello resigned in February.

"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," FA Chairman David Bernstein told thefa.com.

"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."

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Key Points

  • West Brom give Roy Hodgson permission to speak to the FA
  • FA approach Baggies as they search for new England manager
  • Hodgson is the only candidate the FA has approached