News of Roy Hodgson as England manager a month too late

Roy Hodgson Courtesy Wikipedia

When I read about Roy Hodgson’s appointment as the new England manager I was hoping my calendar said April 1st not May 1st. This news would have been ideal on April Fool’s Day. Now, I have nothing against senior citizens. I believe they’re a major reason why Britain is prefixed by the word Great. But I don’t really feel one of them should be managing the nation’s football team, regardless of how 70-year-old Alex Ferguson does with Manchester United.

Football is basically a young-man’s game these days and the times have changed greatly since Hodgson played and last won anything. He couldn’t handle the big egos at Liverpool and failed miserably and he’s going to have his hands full with even bigger egos with England. You can argue this point by saying Kenny Dalglish has failed on Merseyside too, and he has. He’s another manager who has seemingly failed to keep up with the times.

Hodgson’s never done anything in the last decade to impress me. Sure, he had a decent run in the Europa Cup one year, but that’s it. He might have done well many moons ago while overseas, but has been a big bust in England. His winning percentage with Blackburn was 34.6 per cent, at Fulham it was 34 and with Liverpool it was 35. He brought it up a notch at West Brom and has managed to win 37.5 per cent of games managed there.

Needless to say, all of the English teams he’s managed allowed more goals per game on average than they scored. His teams have never scored at a higher rate than 1.37 goals per game, which Blackburn managed to achieve, but they also let in the most at 1.42. I’ve heard many people complain that Hodgson’s too defensive, and it’s true, but he’s still not successful at it.

West Brom sits a mediocre 10th place in the league this season with 46 points from 13 wins, seven draws, and 16 losses. I don’t know of any league in the world where this could be considered a success. Winning 13 out of 36 games so far just doesn’t cut it; neither does attaining 46 points out of a possible 108. That means 62 points have been dropped along the way. In total, he’s won 119 out of 308 matches with West Brom, Fulham, Blackburn, and Liverpool, for a winning percentage of 38.64 per cent.

Technically, West Brom could still move up a couple of positions in the remaining two games of the season, but they could also drop by as many as four spots. They’ve managed no wins against the Premier League’s top four clubs this season, but managed to edge fifth-place Newcastle away 3-2 just before Christmas and pulled off a 1-0 win in early March at home against Chelsea.

Other fans have claimed the FA simply chose Hodgson because he’s out of contract with West Brom in a few weeks and no compensation will be needed to be paid to them. But even if you are going to sign this guy, why on earth would you commit to a four-year contract? This means he’s in charge for Euro 2012, the 2014 World Cup, and Euro 2016. There’s no need to sign anybody, let alone Hodgson, to anything longer than a two-year deal.

If he fails it’s going to cost millions of pounds just to get rid of him. There’s no doubt Hodgson has a fine resume on the continent, but he’s going to be dealing strictly with English players from now on. And even though there’s been a huge influx of foreign players in the EPL over the past decade, he simply hasn’t had any success managing English-based teams.

But even overseas he lasted just five months with Italian side Udinese in 2001 and was sacked by the United Arab Emirates after a fifth-place finish in the Gulf Cup. Hodgson’s best days were clearly 30 years ago and he’s done nothing to prove otherwise to me since then. He’s managed 18 teams over the 36 years he’s been managing, which shows me he’s either in it just for the money or simply isn’t good enough and that’s why he’s constantly let go by his bosses.

While I have the right to criticize Hodgson for his recent performance I can’t criticize him for taking the job or for anything beyond. I do criticize the FA for hiring him though, especially to the four-year contract. If he gets results and does well in the first two years, fine, then give him a two-year extension. But looking at his winning percentage in England, and his overall performance over the past 12 years I don’t really understand what the FA based their decision on.

I suppose we’ll have to wait and see how he does and what his team selections will be and more importantly how he utilizes the players he chooses. It’ll be interesting to see if any of the Gunners’ trio of Theo Walcott, Kieran Gibbs, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fit into his plans and what becomes of Jack Wilshere once he’s healthy.

The only statistic that matters in any sport is the standings and we’ll see where England finishes up in Euro 2012 and World Cup qualifying. I hope I’m dead wrong here and Hodgson turns out to be the best manager England’s ever had. But I just don’t see it unless the players finally live up to all their hype and potential….and what are the odds of that?

18 Comments on "News of Roy Hodgson as England manager a month too late"

  1. Tottenham in disguise?

  2. Harry should be England manager, Spurs is the bigger then Arsenal, Spurs will get Hazard, Spurs ……………..

  3. Goodluck to Roy and personally he is the right choice. A lot of people or is it the media all wanted Harry but truth is International football is a different ball game. Not many excellent club managers have managed it, why? Its having experience in tournament football. Look at the big names in football management who have faltered at international level yet the unknown and unfancied do well. Its not only just about the manager, you do mention egos, well if the players want to win or do well at that level they must learn to be humble snd realise there much better players than them individually and collectively and play to their strengths rather than question a manager’s decision. Remember unfancied Greece in the Euros? Ghana in the WC? Where were the Messis and Lampards? Sitting at home complaining about ideal conditions. We did the same to Sir Bobby when he took charge because Clough was the peoples choice, oh how we wish Sir Bobby stayed on after italia ’90. Respect and support is what they need not being the right choice or not

  4. Leeharveyrowell | 02/05/2012 at 07:28 |

    You should learn a little history about why Britain is called “great”     that lack of knowledge was just the tip of the ice berg regarding this article.

    You offer no alternative.   None.    just negative whinging.   Similar to what this site regualy prints regarding Arsenal.

    Cappello &  Sven  had the best track records in the whole of Europe before taking the job.  Yet what did they achieve?       Will it be Roy’s fault if he fails?    or the players that let him down and the in team fighting?

    The plan is to employ a manager to manage the youth programme and the development of the next generation (your failure to reasearch this before spouting negative tripe continues) is part of the reason he was chosen over a ‘buy success manager’

    Is there a manager in the world that could turn the current team into a group of players that would all of a sudden become better than Spain, Germany, Holland and France? 

    This site and the kids that try and write is now on the BLOCKED list on NEWS NOW.   no one minds an opinion,  but just complaining and whinging and never offering an alternative is childish.   Anyone can moan.

  5. Roy Hodgson wass probably chosen over Harry Redknapp because of his experience of International Football when managing the national teams of Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Finland.

  6. thrilled for Roy, pissed off we still have barrow boy Redknapp, but it was a no brainer any man who has managed Inter Milan can handle this national job, when people realise that 70% of the country couldn’t give a shit about England and mainly focus on club football then we will accept our top 8 status, anyway who wants to see Rooney, Cole, Terry , Lampard, win anything with England, (C*nts all of them) ….so I now hope Levy recognises that judas c*nt was all but preparing to jump ship and sacks him for his pathetic 13 pt throw away with the squad he has, it doesn’t take a genius to work out Fergie would sign Modric, Bale and Walker tomorrow so Redknapp is indeed a cock, but then if you guys are honest you know i have slagged twicthy all season, and now I hope you continue to wobble as the last game Roy is in charge at West Brom could be your champ lge downfall, although i still can’t see chelsea beating Bayern Munich..good luck Roy but i don’t give a fuck how you get on in truth.

  7. John_in_Norfolk | 02/05/2012 at 10:27 |

    Quote “football is basically a young mans game” What utter tosh! Football is a game played by younger men. God forbid that it is ever run by the assortment of drunks, rapists, cheating, diving, spitting, swearing, self-publishing, over-paid, over-rated, greedy, mercenary social miss-fits who fill the squads of football clubs all over the world. The day that the players take over the running of the “Beautiful Game” will be the day that the lunatics really do take over the asylum.

    One more thing, Ian Palmer, who is this young manager you want the FA to appoint? No!, No!, I don’t expect an answer. You have never yet responded to any criticism or comment to any of your posts since you first started writing on Arsenalinsider.

    • for once i agree with JIN !

    • Ian Stewart Palmer | 02/05/2012 at 18:46 |

      If you don’t believe these drunks, rapists, cheating,
      diving, spitting, swearing, self-publishing, over-paid, over-rated,
      greedy, mercenary social misfits are already running the sport, you’re quite delusional my friend

    • Ian Stewart Palmer | 02/05/2012 at 18:52 |

      If you’re looking for an Englishman I’d go with Alan Pardew or even Harry Redknapp before Hodgson. If you’re not bothered where the guy’s from we’ve got Brendan Rogers, Guardiola, Mourinho.. and endless others. As I said, I hope he does well. There’s nothing I’d like to see more than England do well, but the recent numbers and statistics don’t look too promising do they.

  8. Dominic Cassidy | 02/05/2012 at 11:44 |

    Yea right football is a young man’s game. Look at how Manchester United have fallen apart as Fergie has grown older. What age is he now in his 70’s?
    As for judging Hodgson on his performance at this year’s tournament why no reference to the over-hyped, over-paid players who failed to perform in tournament after tournament?
    As Graham Souness said when doing analysis for RTE, “This was supposed to be the Golden Generation”. Yet when it came to the crunch they flopped and the media couldn’t face the reality that the players weren’t good enough.
    I nearly wet myself at the last World Cup when a pundit claimed that at least 6 of the English  team would walk onto any World Select team.

  9. Great thoughts, I couldn’t have said it better myself. I don’t think Hodgson’s the man for the job, but always hope England succeeds. 

  10. DANTHEHOTSPURMAN | 03/05/2012 at 11:25 |


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