30/04/2012 13:44 | By Andrew Hooper, contributor, MSN Sport

Hodgson for England: what the web is saying



Roy Hodgson's emergence as the front-runner in a one-horse race to lead England at Euro 2012 caught everyone on the hop last night. An underwhelmed Fleet Street is mulling over its choice of knife if not exactly sharpening it yet.

Ok, it's not people's choice and motormouth Harry Redknapp, but at least the West Brom manager is English and unquestionably has the experience to do the job. More importantly, he wants it.

Roy Hodgson (© Mike Egerton-EMPICS Sport)

This morning's Daily Telegraph reminds its readers of what Hodgson has said previously: "I regard the job as the pinnacle of English football. I was very close to Bob Robson, especially towards the end of his life, and he always told me his proudest moment was managing England. I'm patriotic. I don't go down to the Southampton docks and wave the flag when they go off to the Falklands War, but England has been good to me. I'm proud to be English."

No one knows the pressure of the England job better than Graham Taylor. And the former Watford and Aston Villa manager also knows the FA inside out.

Hodgson fits the bill as the FA develop their national football centre at Burton, according to the man once villified as England's 'turnip': "What they're probably looking for is a man who will be willing to go into Burton pretty much every day and stay in a tracksuit, and see the young boys at youth level, see the under-21s and his first team when they are there. They haven't said that, that's just me assuming, but I don't think they will see that Harry will fit that bill."

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson, on last night's Match of the Day 2, hinted that Hodgson, rather than a great manager for great teams, is one for an unfancied England side: "People are saying they will struggle a bit out there [at Euro 2012], but that might suit Roy. He might make them difficult to beat and nick a couple of results."

Next to Lawro on the MOTD sofa, Stoke City boss Tony Pulis said: "Roy has got a lot of experience. He ticks all the boxes, he's managed at international level, done a great job everywhere he's been. He's a good coach and he'll fit the system".

Harry Redknapp (© Nigel French-EMPICS Sport)

Former England striker Dion Dublin saw another good reason for the Hodgson choice: "To get Harry from Spurs would cost an absolute fortune." However... "I think it's getting players on side, getting players playing for you - Harry is the best manager doing that. Roy has got to come in and try and copy that."

On Twitter, Phil Neville can't believe there's only one man for the job:
@fizzer18
"Surely Roy Hodgson can't be the only name on the 'list'??" looks that way!"

In a world of black and white, Stan Collymore found shades of grey, mixing faint praise for Hodgson with his fears:
@StanCollymore
"I'd be happy ish to have Roy manage England. Just worried that fans,press will turn quickly..."

More from players, including West Brom's Steven Reid, standing up for his boss.
@stevenreid12
"Obviously those in the press who have hammered Hodgson have never met or worked with the man.."

Former Spurs and Wimbledon defender, Chris Perry sees benefits if Roy's the boy:
@ChrisPezPerry
"I can see why players were looking forward to HR, but think RH while not as flamboyant, is far better tactically for England"

And from the West Ham corner, a supportive club chairman David Gold makes no mention of 'Arry:
@DavidGoldWHU
"I'm delighted that the FA are considering Englishman Roy Hodgson, a football man with dignity and integrity. I hope they appoint him."

Incredulous stand-up John Bishop was choking on his cornflakes...
@johnbishop100
"Are the FA mad- no offence to Roy Hodgson but how can you ignore Harry Rednapp!! Unbelievable !!!!"

Nathan Knight says 'enough already' about Woy:
@nathanknight
"Ok we get it Roy Hodgson can't say his 'Rs' please stop with the awful jokes"

The Daily Mash fears for Roy in the Impossible Job:
@thedailymash
"Hodgson hits rock bottom"

Is the Telegraph's football scholar Henry Winter tweeting about himself here?
@henrywinter
"Roy Hodgson is a broadsheet man in a tabloid world"

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