Tuesday, May 01, 2012

ROY HODGSON TO TO TAKE OVER AS ENGLISH COACH AND TO OVERSEER WEST BROM TWO LAST GAMES


Roy Hodgson will perform a dual role until the end of the season, planning for England’s European Championship campaign while overseeing West  Bromwich Albion’s final two Premier League games.

Amicable negotiations between the Football Association and West Bromwich mean 

Stuart Pearce, the GB Olympics team coach and  England Under 21 manager, will not have to name the 23-man squad for Euro 2012 as well.

Instead Hodgson will combine his West Bromwich duties with getting to work on selecting the players he wants to take to Krakow on  June 6.

Hodgson’s appointment as Fabio Capello’s successor was all but  rubber-stamped in a four-hour meeting at Wembley yesterday, and last night he was ironing out the details of his FA contract with his agent, Leon Angel.


Negotiations, described by the FA as ‘positive and on track’, were expected to be wrapped up this morning with the governing body hoping to hold a press conference at Wembley on Tuesday.


They have even agreed timings for interviews with Hodgson and Sir Trevor Brooking for their in-house TV channel, due to be broadcast at 2pm.


Hodgson’s contract is expected to be worth around £3million a year plus bonuses — around half the  salary Capello received but a significant increase on what Hodgson was earning at the Hawthorns.

Meanwhile, Birmingham manager Chris Hughton was thought to be the preferred successor to Hodgson at the Hawthorns.





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