Roy Hodgson was appointed as England soccer manager six weeks before the team opens its European Championship campaign against France.
The 64-year-old Englishman was hired on a four-year contract following discussions with a Football Association panel that included chairman David Bernstein and general secretary Alex Horne. The former Switzerland national team manager replaces Fabio Capello, who quit after disagreeing with F.A.’s decision to remove the captaincy from John Terry in February.
Hodgson’s appointment, confirmed in an F.A. statement today, comes as U.K. newspapers including the Sun question the move after pushing for the appointment of Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, who was the favorite among bookmakers. The F.A. said Hodgson, who’s coached Inter Milan and Liverpool as well as the U.A.E. and Finland, was the only person approached.
West Bromwich Albion, Hodgson’s current Premier League club, gave him permission on April 29 to speak with the F.A. about the England job. Following four hours of talks yesterday Hodgson concluded discussions today.