Roy Hodgson Named England Manager: A Victory For Common Sense

The FA has unveiled Roy Hodgson as the new manager of the England national team today.

It’s expected that Hodgson will complete the remaining two fixtures in charge of West Bromwich Albion before turning his attention to focus on England. As part of a four-year contract, Hodgson’s first game in charge of England will be the May 26 friendly against Norway.

If The FA wanted to hire an English manager to lead the England national team, Roy Hodgson is the perfect choice. The 64-year-old manager has an established career as a manager of several national sides and several continental football clubs. As manager at Fulham, he took the Cottagers to an UEFA Cup Final. Plus, at the international level, he has managed Switzerland and Finland.

While he’s not the public’s favorite choice (nor the choice of the press on Fleet Street), the man deserves all of the support from the public and media in giving him the confidence to do the best he can at this summer’s Euro 2012 tournament. Appointing Hodgson is a common sense decision by the English FA. Players will respect him. And I’m sure he’ll do the best he can as manager of his national side.

Best of luck Roy Hodgson!

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