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Roy Hodgson, West Brom Manager, Set For Talks With FA Over Vacant England Coach's Job

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Hodgson would appear to be the FA's number one choice
Hodgson would appear to be the FA's number one choice

The Football Association confirmed on Sunday evening they have been granted permission by West Bromwich Albion to speak to Roy Hodgson about the vacant England managerial role.

FA chairman David Bernstein revealed he had approached West Brom chairman ahead of speaking to Hodgson on the organisation's website.

Bernstein said: "I'm grateful to Jeremy Peace and all at West Bromwich Albion for their co-operation in allowing us to approach Roy, who I have since spoken with.

"Roy is the only manager we have approached and we remain on course to make an appointment within the timescale we set-out soon after Fabio Capello's departure.

"Further conversations will now take place with Roy and my Club England colleagues before any further announcements can be made."

Former England manager Fabio Capello resigned from the role on 8 February following the FA's decision to strip John Terry of the captaincy, after his court trial for allegedly racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand was delayed until 9 July.

Stuart Pearce was appointed interim coach and presided over the 3-2 friendly defeat to Holland later that month, as a whole host of names have since been linked to the role until it was confirmed this weekend that Hodgson was the FA's first choice.

HuffPost UK Sport can reveal that despite Harry Redknapp being made favourite for the role, he garnered support from just one of the FA's four-man panel charged with selecting the coach. RedIssue fanzine stated that General Secretary Alex Horne was the only figure in favour of appointing the Tottenham boss.

Redknapp's history with Sir Trevor Brooking, Director of Football Development, over him succeeding Billy Bonds as West Ham manager in 1994 is said to have counted against him.

Hodgson, 64, began his career in management in 1976, when he coached Swedish side Halmstad. His CV includes two managerial stints at Italian giants Internazionale, whom he took to the 1997 Uefa Cup final and guiding Switzerland to, and managing them at, the 1994 World Cup in the USA.

After presiding over the Finnish national side between 2006-07, he took over the reins at Fulham, whom he helped avoid relegation on the final day of the 2007/08 Premier League season.

A successful two-and-a-half seasons with the Cottager saw them finish seventh in his first full season and reach the Europa League final the following campaign in 2010.

He was appointed Liverpool manager in the summer, but endured a miserable spell on Merseyside and was sacked in January 2011, with the Reds lying 12th in the table.

On 11 February he was appointed West Brom manager, where he succeeded the sacked Roberto di Matteo.

Languishing in 17th with just 26 points when he arrived, the Baggies finished in 11th with 47 points, as Hodgson's arrival was heralded as the catalyst for their comfortable survival.

Hodgson signed a contract until 30 June 2012 when he arrived at the Hawthorns, but that could end early should the FA wish to appoint the Croydon-born manager in time for the 2012 European Championship.

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