Roy Hodsgon – manager of the year

by James Daly

Friday, April 9th, 2010

It seems a bit unfair that speculation is already mounting as to who will be Fabio Capello’s successor as England boss? Especially as the doughy-faced Italian hasn’t had the chance to lead the Three Lions through a proper competition yet, and has a record so far most managers would kill for.

But the pressures of the England job – and when I say pressures I mean the unwarranted press attention, the hyperbolic predicitions before each tournament, and the contradictory analysis of every little aspect of the job – make it a less-than-envious role.

And one that has forced a handful of big names to walk away with their reputations in tatters. Far from saying this will happen to Fabio, who has impressed so far, the Engish press will always be looking forward to the next step.

As usual a combination of Englishmen with limited success and big name foreigners get banded around but one name definitely deserves serious consideration – Roy Hodsgon.

He fulfills most elements – he’s England, and not in the limp Steve McClaren sort of way, but the trustworthy, could-be-your-uncle, south London boy-done-good sort of way that we all love.

But he’s spent a large portion of his career abroad – managing in Denmark, Italy, Sweden -, has an extensive knowledge of football on the continent and speaks a variety of languages.

Plus he has managed to negotiate a route to the Europa League semi-finals with a relatively average Fulham side, cannily beating holders Shaktar Donetsk and Italian giants Juventus.

The man has tactical knowledge to rival the best in Italy, and is a man manager of the highest order – rediscovering form in failed players like Damien Duff and Bobby Zamora.

Plus the man – who for some reason bears an uncanny resemblance to the late Sir Bobby Robson – and like Bob, is respected throughout the game from most quarters.

So, when Fabio does have enough of the England job, Uncle Roy should be the man to fill his shoes.

Be Sociable, Share!
  • Dave

    he should be manager of the year but as usual it will got to the title winning manager.

  • Mike Somerville

    Absolutely gets my vote. To lead such a small squad of players to the semi finals of European Competition and to safety in the Premier League with six odd games remaining is brilliant. Beating Man Utd, Liverpool, Everton and Juventus at home hasn’t harmed his chances either!

  • dexylongshot

    In rwoy we trust, he will deffo be in with a shout if Fab does a bunk before 2012.

  • W.A.

    Juventus might be after Roy this summer, but the England job might be there waiting for him in 2012.

    This is going off at a bit of a tangent, but does anyone remember Soccer AM’s Roy Hodgson sound effect? It used to say “It’s a disgwace!” at odd points during the show. I’m going back a few years here, maybe to RH’s Blackburn days.

  • Stevie

    It’s a disgwace!, I remember that!

Previous post:

Next post: