Tuesday 01 May 2012
West Bromwich Albion boss Roy Hodgson has been named as the new England manager.
The 64-year-old has signed a four-year contract after talks with the Football Association over the last two days.
He will remain in charge of the Baggies for their last two matches of the season, against Bolton Wanderers and Arsenal, and will officially become England manager on May 14th.
"I'm a very happy man to be offered the chance to manage my country"
- Roy Hodgson
"It is a very proud day for me, I'm a very happy man to be offered the chance to manage my country," said Hodgson.
"I'm looking forward to the task ahead. Everyone knows it is not an easy one but I'm hoping that everyone, fans and supporters will get behind the team.
"It's the team that counts, they go out and win football matches.
"What I'll do is try to make sure the team is well prepared for the challenge ahead."
Hodgson's contract with West Brom ends on June 30th but the club have said they are prepared to let him leave after the Arsenal fixture "to allow him to prepare in earnest for Euro 2012".
"Roy's appointment as England manager is obviously disappointing news for the club as we would have liked him to sign a new contract, which was in the process of negotiation, and remain as our head coach," West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace told the club's official website.
"But we understand Roy's desire to take the England job and he will leave us after the Arsenal game on May 13th with our best wishes.
"It's the first time the FA has appointed an English manager with international experience"
- FA Chairman David Bernstein
"Of course, with Euro 2012 around the corner, we appreciate that some of Roy's focus over the next 12 days will be on England matters. But we are delighted he will be seeing the season out with us.
"With the help of the coaching staff, he will prepare the team in his usual, meticulous manner as we finish what has already been a successful season."
Hodgson has plenty of 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 before taking them to 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.
After keeping the Baggies in the Barclays Premier League they have enjoyed another successful season this time around 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 Sunderland.
"Over a period of time, Roy emerged as stand-out candidate," said FA Chairman David Bernstein.
"Everyone here would like to wish Roy, The FA and England all the best for Euro 2012 and beyond"
- West Brom's Jeremy Peace
"We canvassed opinions across a large part of the game. We did not approach West Brom until last week.
"We met at Wembley on Monday and quickly decided Roy was the right man to guide us through the European championships.
"The board was unanimous in choosing Roy. It's the first time the FA has appointed an English manager with international experience."
West Brom gave permission for the FA to speak to Hodgson at the weekend, although they had expressed their wish for the manager to remain at the Hawthorns.
"The board will now concentrate on the important task of appointing a new head coach to continue our project as we prepare for a third successive season in the Barclays Premier League," added Peace.
"We did not want Roy to leave and he will be a tough act to follow. But I want to reassure our supporters that we will do everything possible to identify and appoint the right head coach for this football club.
"I would also like to thank the FA Chairman, David Bernstein, for the sensitive and professional manner in which he has liaised with me in bringing about Roy's appointment.
"Everyone here would like to wish Roy, the FA and England all the best for Euro 2012 and beyond."
Hodgson succeeds Italian Fabio Capello, who resigned in February, and his first match in charge will be the friendly against Norway in Oslo on May 26th.
England's first match of Euro 2012 is against France on June 11th.