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Roy Hodgson commands our respect and support

Roy Hodgson will be a success for England – if given a chance.

At Anfield, he walked alone. Blamed for Liverpool’s shortcomings, Hodgson was made a scapegoat and sent packing, despite moving to Merseyside as one of England’s most decorated coaches.

He has since rebuilt his already sterling reputation with West Brom, and lifted the Baggies from relegation fodder to an established Premier League side.

Hodgson has the experience at club, European and international level to be a success for England, but you’d never know it.

Footballers took to Twitter to express their support for Harry Redknapp when Fabio Capello quit.

Tweet FA has been said since Hodgson’s name was thrust into the spotlight.

Hodgson’s record is impeccable and, while in charge of the Swiss national team, guided them to third in the Fifa rankings.

For the record, England have never been higher than fourth.

Hodgson is not an exciting personality, but neither was Sir Alf Ramsey and he won the World Cup.

I’m far from suggesting that England will reach those heights again, but what he lacks in outward enthusiasm he makes up for in results.

Fulham 4 Juventus 1, Manchester City 2 Fulham 3 (after being two down and relegated), Fulham 3 Manchester Utd 0 to name just a few standout moments.

Some quarters have painted the decision to overlook Redknapp as the FA’s “Brian Clough moment”.

In the interest of accuracy, Redknapp is no Clough.

Clough: Two league titles, two European Cups, four League Cups.

Redknapp: One FA Cup.

End of discussion.

In relative terms, Hodgson’s record is equally, if not more impressive than Redknapp’s, and he deserves the backing of the fans, players, and media.

FROM Batman to John McEnroe, the giant chicken and a big red crayon, Workington’s loyal army of fans looked incredible and sounded even better at Worcester.

The euphoric scenes as the final whistle sounded will live long in the memory of everyone connected with the club.

The fancy dress-clad supporters mobbed Workington’s shattered stars following a superb final-day win, and seeing a club united in relief was something special.

To those who made the 475 mile round trip, I salute you. You are a credit to Workington Reds.

The noise you generated, the colour you added and the overall atmosphere you created made the win at Worcester a remarkable occasion.

SEEING Fabrice Muamba’s return to football brought a lump to my throat.

You have to be a hard person not to get embroiled in the emotion of the occasion as Muambe wiped away tears and took in the standing ovation.

NEWCASTLE’S Cisse was taking the proverbial Papiss when he let fly in injury time against Chelsea.

His stunning strike is easily the best goal scored in the Premier League this season.

By John Fuller
Published: May 4, 2012


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I fully agree with the article by john fuller Roy Hodgson is not only a great manager,He is also a real gentleman,who has the players believing in themselves,and they will strive to succeed for the good of English football.

Posted by Rocky Brown on 22 August 2012 at 15:26

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