2nd of May 2012 Author: Glo Wood
Roy Hodgson, West Brom's current manager, was officially appointed as the new head coach of the English national soccer team. FA chairman David Bernstein revealed the selection committee made the decision to contact the West Brom boss a month ago but only announced their formal approach on Sunday.
Surprisingly, Tottenham manager Redknapp was not contacted about the job. The formalities were completed on Hodgson's four-year contract at Wembley on Tuesday, with the 64-year-old manager insisting his track record entitles him to take the job.
Speaking about that track record, let's see whether it really is that glorious. Here are the honours that Hodgson managed to clinch during his long managerial career:
Swedish League: 1985,1986,1987,1988,1989
UEFA CupRunner-Up: 1997
Danish League: 2000-01
Danish Super Cup: 2001
UEFA Europa League Runner-Up: 2010
So, the man has experience, no doubt about that. But, after looking at his trophy cabinet, one has to admit that there are no major achievements in there. Moreover, he has never achieved success at a big club, even though he had the opportunity to take over big names like Inter Milan or Liverpool.
England will start the European Championship with a tough test against France on June 11th before taking on Sweden on June 15th and Ukraine, one of the two host nations, on June 19th.
Roy Hodgson admits that the group is tough, maybe preparing the fans for a disappointment: "It's one of the hardest groups. The European Championships are tough, though, and there are no easy groups.When the Football Association asked me to be England manager no-one said it would be an easy job and I would be able to look forward to some sunny, pleasant days ahead. I have got 40 days and 40 nights before the start of Euro 2012 and I'm going to be working long hours', Hodgson said.
England is the fourth favourite to win the Euro 2012 according to William Hill, the odds are 8/1. Spain, the defending champion, is the favourite with odds of 9/4, followed by Germany (3/1) and Holland (7/1).
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