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Hodgson appointment a surprise to many

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Historians will tell you - the whole point of history is to learn from our experiences and particularly our mistakes.

The announcement that Roy Hodgson will be the next England manager, whilst not a shock, flies in the face of history and has alarming similarities with the decision to appoint Ron Greenwood in 1977 ahead of the then fans favourite Brian Clough.

Clough said at the time 35 years ago -

'I'm sure the England selectors thought if they took me on and gave me the job, I'd want to run the show. They were shrewd, because that's exactly what I would have done."

The fact that Clough went onto become one of the greatest domestic managers - the first to win back to back European Cups and so on and England won nothing under Greenwood compounded the feeling in later years that the FA got it wrong.

Hindsight is an exact science, but have the FA fallen into the same trap again? From the outside they have gone with a 'safer' pair of hands.

Redknapp is more flamboyant and arguably more successful having lifted the FA Cup with Portsmouth and helped various clubs to promotion over the years.

His style as a wheeler dealer is something that may have counted against him. As might his direct style with the media - there are no punches pulled in a Redknapp interview.

But cynics might also point to the fact that the FA having had to pay Capello so much, and with the financial burden of the new Burton development a multi-million pound compensation package for Tottenham was a big hurdle. Hodgson is a free-agent at the end of June.

The fact that the FA says the West Brom manager, 64, is the only person it has approached about succeeding Fabio Capello suggests Redknapp was rejected on several counts not one. 

It appears that Hodgson has already spoken with FA chairman David Bernstein and will meet with the four-man panel.

He said he would "be delighted" to manage England, in a BBC Sport interview before the FA's approach.

Hodgson has extensive international experience, having managed Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Finland, and domestic teams in Sweden, Italy and England.

Bernstein said: "Roy is the only manager we have approached and we remain on course to make an appointment within the timescale we set out."

The four-man panel which will decide who takes over from Capello are Bernstein, FA general secretary Alex Horne, FA director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking and managing director of Club England Adrian Bevington.

Bernstein approached West Brom on Saturday and was given permission to speak to Hodgson, who is likely to be appointed on a long-term basis.

It is expected any contract will cover the three tournaments up to and including Euro 2016, at which point he will be two months short of his 69th birthday.

Hodgson CV

•Born in Croydon in 1947
•Played for Crystal Palace, Gravesend & Northfleet, Maidstone and South African side Berea Park
•Started managerial career at Swedish side Halmstad in 1976
•Has managed in Sweden, England, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark and Norway
•Managed Inter Milan during two spells in the 1990s
•Coached Switzerland at 1994 World Cup, was in charge of UAE from 2002 to 2004 and Finland between 2005 and 2007
•Managed with varying success, Blackburn, Fulham and Liverpool in the Premier League and moved to West Brom in February 2011

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