When Fabio Capello stepped down as England manager in February, many expected Tottenham’s Harry Redknapp to be swiftly appointed as Capello’s successor. But as the weeks went by it soon became apparent that the FA had other ideas and earlier in the week controversially appointed Roy Hodgson with the prestigious job much to the surprise of the nation.
Ever since the position became vacant Harry Redknapp has always been the bookmakers favourite to guide England into the Euros, but the FA’s decision not to appoint the nations favourite manager could be a stroke of magic. Despite having the backing of the nation, Harry Redknapp does not possess the experience needed to guide a national team in to a competition in less than 40 days. Having managed three international teams already in Switzerland, UAE and Finland Hodgson knows how to adapt his managing style.
There is no denying Redknapp is a good manager, but if we are to compare the two on paper Hodgson is a clear winner! Hodgson has won more domestic trophies, guided Switzerland to third in the World Rankings and was just three points away from qualifying for Euro 2008 with Finland, a fantastic achievement considering the country have never qualified for a major tournament before.
Hodgson has a wealth of experience not only in England but across the seas Hodgson has made a name for himself managing Udinese, FC Copenhagen, Grasshoppers and Inter Milan just to name a few. The Croydon born manager has been on the losing side of a Europa League and UEFA Cup final, showing he has the calibre to guide one of the most underachieving countries in the world.
England have constantly failed to deliver at major tournaments, therefore the appointment of Hodgson is less of risky than it would have been if Redknapp was appointed, as the Spurs manager does not have the experience which Hodgson brings to the table. And for that reason I believe the FA have eventually made a correct logical decision in appointing Hodgson.
If England fail to perform at the Euros, like usual, there is no point in pointing the finger at Hodgson, the FA have had more than enough time to appoint a manager but failed to act quickly therefore leaving Hodgson with a small amount of time to solve a number of problems:
- The England captaincy; will he stick by Scott Parker give it to Frank Lampard or reward Steven Gerrard with the armband?
- Will he take Rooney to the Euros despite the United striker being suspended for the first two group games? If so who will play instead of him, Wellbeck? Bent? Defoe? Zamora?
- Will Ferdinand and Terry play together, if not who does he select? Jagielka? Jones? Smalling? Cahill?
- The 23 man squad
Whatever Roy decides I am sure there will be a large section of the English faithful calling for him to be sacked, presumably those who read the Sun. Personally I feel he may surprise a few people at the tournament, but I do not think we have enough to win it. I’ll settle for the Semi Finals.