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West Bromwich Albion Appoint Roy Hodgson to Replace Roberto Di Matteo

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West Bromwich Albion have appointed manager Roy Hodgson to replace Roberto Di Matteo.

Caretaker manager Michael Appleton will remain in charge of the West Brom team in their match tomorrow against West Ham United.

Whether the appointment of Hodgson will be enough to keep West Brom in the Premier League by the end of the season, we’ll have to wait and see. But I see the appointment of Hodgson as a positive move. Hogdson has experience keeping a Premier League team in the club such as what he did when he walked into the Fulham job to keep the Craven Cottage team in the top flight.

For Hodgson, this is a chance to redeem himself with many critics, whether they be soccer fans or pundits. I still believe he’s an exceptional manager but he wasn’t able to make a positive change at Liverpool where the players seemed unwilling to play to their abilities. Hodgson also made mistakes which ended up seeing him sacked by Fenway Sports Group and replaced by Kenny Dalglish.

What are your thoughts about Roy Hodgson being appointed manager of West Brom? And do you think he and the team have what it takes to stay up this season?

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  1. Tommy Mac

    February 12, 2011 at 1:26 am

    You can’t say Hodgson is out of his depth at Liverpool, it just didnt work for him! same as benitez at inter, clough at leeds and scolari at chelsea. Hodgson has done a good job everywhere he has been, it was a tricky job to take at liverpool, and lets wait and see what dalglish is doing in 1 years time, hes only just started!

    I feel Hodgson will do well at West Brom, it suits there passing game, and he knows how to make teams organised. But to say he couldnt manage a big club is unfair

    • onions

      February 12, 2011 at 7:08 pm

      So, if you owned a big club, you would hire him? Good luck with that!!

    • James

      February 12, 2011 at 8:05 pm

      Two away win in league already under King Kenny and Roy was able to produce one away league win during his time at Liverpool.

  2. Jason

    February 11, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    At Liverpool he asked players to play out of position. Obviously they are going to struggle. That does not mean they didn’t try hard enough. It was mostly about his poor tactics, inability to motivate or get the best out of the squad. It is no accident that his sides have ALWAYS had a dismal away record. Look it up. Not only at Fulham but also Inter and Liverpool. Hodgson is not a bad manager but he is no way as good as many make him out to be. Again examine his record in full.

  3. robert

    February 11, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    liverpool has a butt squad comprised of a lot of decent individuals who can’t play well together.


    roy’s the man.

  4. brn442

    February 11, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Hodgson came in at the wrong time to Liverpool. For many to say that he’s out of his depth managing so called big clubs is a bit harsh. Roy has his system that takes a while for players to get used to, something that may not be ideal for a club that’s worried about relegation.

  5. dominjon

    February 11, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Hey FC Asheville? Are you in Asheville NC? If so, Holla, or whatever those young kids say…

  6. dominjon

    February 11, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Dear god, is it ever going to be Roy’s fault? I mean it was the players, or the supporters, or the previous manager or the fact Kenny was in the background or a voodoo curse, anything, but anything, but Roy.
    People need to actually look at his record, and look at his teams, instead of clinging desperately to the media version of Roy Hodgson.
    When he started his career, unlike others of his era he was educated. Instead of starting at Grimsby or somewhere of the ilk, he headed out into mainland Europe. And he deserves priase for that. He learned languages, and he took what were at that point, 35 years ago, modern tactics and he did very well. Why? Because his rigid 4-4-2 was better than the sweeper systems still in play in Scandanavia.
    So he got some success. So he took that style and system with him as he traveled around Europe, at club and international level. It is a style that helps limited players by giving them a structure to work within, but holds back creative talented players. It is not pretty, it rarely creates good football, and it has been suplanted multiple times by better ways of playing. It is essentially the Commodore 64 of styles. Sure it was great 25 years ago, but today it is not that hard to out-do.
    He has failed when he has managed mid sized or bigger clubs in major leagues. At Liverpool he thrashes around so badly in his attempts to not ever accept the blame, he derided the quality of the players, who ‘nobody could do a better job with’ *cough Kenny has more points with them in his time in charge than any other prem club cough*, he blamed the media (who got him the job and never stopped trying to reassign blame), he blamed Rafa, he famously turned on the fans. Even now I read media stories that talk about him needing more time. More time to do what? Had he been given the time and money, and things had gone his way, the best we could have expected was a rigid, unadventurous 4-4-2, with skillful players replaced with physical ones. We would have won games at home by an odd goal and drawn some away, lost some, and very rarely won. We would have been horrible to watch, and at best been pushing for a Europa spot.
    West Brom and avoiding relegation certainly seem a better fit for him, but as a rule he needs time to ‘get the players used to his methods’, no instant fix merchant is Roy, as such I would be amazed if West Brom weren’t stuck in a relegation dog fight up until the end of the season, and I would say the odds are not good on them staying up.

  7. Harry

    February 11, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    “I still believe he’s an exceptional manager but he wasn’t able to make a positive change at Liverpool where the players seemed unwilling to play to their abilities.”

    You’ve got to be kidding. Hodgson was a disaster at Liverpool because he was out of his depth managing a club like Liverpool. He may have managed Inter Milan eons ago but recently he was only successful at a club like Fulham. A full examination of his credentials show him to be an average manager at best.

    At Liverpool, it wasn’t the players that were unwilling to play to their abilities but his unwillingness to play players in their natural position and his poor tactics. One of the roles of a manager is to motivate his squad which Hodgson couldn’t do but Daglish has been able to do.

    That said I think Hodgson stands a better chance of being successful at West Bromwich Albion because it is a club that, like when he took over at Fulham, is trying to avoid relegation. He is good at managing a mid-table to bottom-of-the-table club. Good luck to him.

    • The Gaffer

      February 11, 2011 at 2:50 pm

      Harry, the Liverpool players didn’t try hard enough under him. It was almost as if he had lost the dressing room and the players wanted to play poor in hopes he would get the sack. If the Liverpool players had tried harder, they would have made Hodgson’s job easier.

      The Gaffer

      • Red20

        February 11, 2011 at 7:28 pm

        So Kenny just brought in a bottle of try hard juice and now the team is magically fixed? It might have something to do with professionals wanting to play the way they know and are capable of, and not being happy with playing like lesser players.

        His system, tactics, and lack of desire to go for the kill sapped the team of any energy and enthusiasm. Combine that with horrible results and you get a team that ‘isn’t trying hard’.

    • kevin

      February 11, 2011 at 3:23 pm

      The liverpool players tried to play poor under him so he would get the sack??? Come on that’s absolutely ridiculous. Obviously the team wanted to win and get back their place in the top four. Jamie and Stevie loved the guy for some freaking reason. And now that he’s gone the only player who has said anything bad about him was agger, who was constantly played out of position by him. And what is your opinion now, that they like Kenny so they play better? That’s absolute rubbish.

    • Matt

      February 12, 2011 at 10:08 am

      Old kebab face disgusts me for dodgy dealing in the transfer market (which he likely makes a decent amount of money from) and pseudo-genuine comments about other team’s players. He’s about as good as the cash he’s allowed to splash.

  8. Kevin

    February 11, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Roy will probably do good at WBA. It’s the kind of club where he can excel with his tactics. But how can you say they were unwilling to play their abilities Gaffer? Its only been a few games but there is a noticeable difference under Dalglish. I think Roy was trying to force his system onto liverpool. Just listen to Agger’s recent comments. Roy’s system didn’t work at Liverpool. And he says “no one could get anymore out of those players”. Nice guy. But I’m so glad he’s gone.

  9. FC Asheville

    February 11, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Just had to check….Uncle Woy has managed 17 clubs for an average of 52 games per club. The only thing exceptional about Roy is his passport!

  10. FC Asheville

    February 11, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Exceptional!? Ha! I still can’t get over how anyone thinks he’s anything more than mediocre and a long term caretaker. Please….anyone….share some evidence of the exceptional abilities. And before you start talking about the Fulham Europa run…just remember that team finished mid-table with ONE road win in the PL.

  11. Fernando

    February 11, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    The Liverpool team he took over wasn’t exceptional and it’s clear that Hodgson just didn’t fit in at Anfield.

    I just remember most Liverpool supporters approving his hiring b/c he was English and a fresh change. That gets you about a few months at Anfield.

    • James

      February 12, 2011 at 7:59 pm

      All British managers are crap and me and my fellow Liverpool fans hated his six months at Liverpool.

  12. Burt Reynolds

    February 11, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I was hoping for Hughton, but Roy Hodgson is a good choice for this club and Hughton will land a job somewhere soon enough. Yes, for Liverpool he was ok to mediocre, which just doesn’t cut it with a club like LIverpool. West Brom needs to focus on survival, and then build on from there. Just what Hodgson brought to Fulham when he arrived there, as the article pointed out. I think he can do it, personally.. it’s not too late.

  13. ThompsonLives

    February 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Good wuck to Woy at West Bwom.

  14. Red20

    February 11, 2011 at 11:54 am

    How can you say that he’s an ‘exceptional’ manager? You can’t just throw that word out willy nilly. He’s ok to mediocre.

    And the Liverpool players unwilling to play to their abilities? What do you think that was? They all got together and decided they didn’t like his hair so they stopped working hard? It’s probably because he made them sit back like a lower level side and gave them no attacking ideas or motivation. I understand if you think he’s pleasant or imagine that he’d hand you a Werther’s out of his pocket if you met him at the ASDA, but you’re just sorta throwing out claims here.

    • The Gaffer

      February 11, 2011 at 12:42 pm

      Red20, how can you say that Hodgson is an ‘ok to mediocre’ manager?

      Hodgson took Fulham to a Europa League final, managed Inter Milan and several clubs and countries throughout Europe. He was named LMA Manager of The Year for last season. Doesn’t sound ‘ok to mediocre’ to me. Exceptional, yes.

      The Gaffer

      • jbm

        February 11, 2011 at 1:15 pm

        He’s mediocre for large clubs. If he’s exceptional, will you mind him taking over for Man U or any other of the top teams?

        He’s good for smaller clubs who are fighting relegation or the lower table blues, as he’s shown in recent history.

        Still, good luck to the man, he wasn’t a good fit for Liverpool and it’s players, but hopefully for WBA.

      • Dave C

        February 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm

        He wasn’t particularly good at Inter, certainly not “exceptional” and didn’t last very long if I remember rightly. I remember he sold Roberto Carlos because he didn’t rate him. D’oh.

        He’s done well at getting the best out of underdog teams. I don’t think that qualifies him as “exceptional”.

      • Red20

        February 11, 2011 at 7:09 pm

        A single Europa League run =/= exceptional. It’s nice sure, but come on. Atletico won two games last year in their run to the final. Nothing about success in that tournament speaks to coaching greatness. Winning a Champions League or getting a team to the final usually props a coach to the elite level, but the same is not true of its step-brother tournament.

        He managed Inter and did? Won less than half of his games, which actually ended up being some of his best work. His most damaging statistic is his 16 wins in 82 away matches in the Premier League. There is nothing about that stat that suggests ‘exceptional’.

        He seems to have earned this reputation now as a great lower table manager who can get a team to grind out results or whatever. We’ll see just how true that is at WBA, but either way, you don’t labeled exceptional because you can throw 9 behind the ball and try to earn draws against United.

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