May 1, 2012, 12:13 PM EST
The public and press seemed to want Harry Redknapp. Others may have leaned toward retaining interim man Stuart Pearce.
But the England FA made it official today, announcing Roy Hodgson as the next man in line to guide England’s national team – a ridiculously tough job, surely among the globe’s thorniest due to tremendous expectations and to nearly unmanageable political and cultural undertow.
Reactions? You bet, careening around the country from Brighton to Blackpool and all points in between.
The Telegraph’s Henry Winter says Hodgson’s hiring embodies a “shift in English thinking, a desire on the FA’s part to push for an age of enlightenment.”
Say Winter: “English football needs to open its eyes and open its books. Debates in English football often centre around personality rather than policy, stars not strategy.”
The Guardian’s Dominic Fifield says Hodgson’s experience will serve him well in this position.
In the West Bromwich Albion head coach, they had a contender with 36 years spent directing from the dug-out, his vast experience gleaned with 15 clubs and three national associations over spells spent in eight different countries. His reputation at home may have been tarnished by a traumatic 191-day spell with Liverpool but those on the outside looking in have been baffled it has taken this long to acknowledge his qualities.
Meanwhile, The Mail’s Martin Samuel isn’t so enamored with the choice. He took England’s FA to task for Tuesday’s appointment.
My thoughts? It doesn’t matter whom the FA selected. The job, as I mentioned, is impossible. I’ll have more on that later.
Nov 22, 2014, 7:12 PM EST
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho apologized to supporters for criticizing the stadium atmosphere, while praising his team’s play in a 2-0 blanking of West Brom.
Nov 22, 2014, 6:45 PM EST
Rooney: “We weathered the storm” in 2-1 victory over Arsenal.
Nov 22, 2014, 5:15 PM EST
His squad controlling possession and gathering a fair amount of chances on goal, Arsene Wenger believes his side deserved a better result against Manchester United.
Nov 22, 2014, 5:03 PM EST
One game is a rematch of the 3-3 draw that left Luis Suarez in tears, but both Palace and Liverpool have much bigger things to worry about.
Nov 22, 2014, 5:00 PM EST
All the action from the PL’s seven games on Saturday.
Nov 22, 2014, 4:45 PM EST
Elsewhere, USMNT defenders Timmy Chandler (right) and John Anthony Brooks picked up wins in 90 minutes each for their clubs.
Nov 22, 2014, 4:25 PM EST
Despite an wonderful 1-0 result over QPR to keep their winning run alive, Alan Pardew feels the pain of Ryan Taylor’s sudden injury.
Nov 22, 2014, 3:55 PM EST
Barcelona’s diminutive legend is really good at soccer.
Nov 22, 2014, 3:38 PM EST
This season, he has all his players and no excuses. So The Special One is a little ticked off that his Blues aren’t pouring forth goals to match their dominant play.
Nov 22, 2014, 3:35 PM EST
Irvine: “We actually went a goal down to a goal which I thought was offside and that makes life very difficult here.”
Nov 22, 2014, 3:32 PM EST
Red Devils surge to victory away at Arsenal, as LVG’s masterplan is taking shape.
Nov 22, 2014, 2:51 PM EST
And there’s still time Saturday to make the record his own, as the game is just at halftime.
Nov 22, 2014, 2:34 PM EST
What did we learn from United’s big win at the Emirates? Plenty. But here’s three things.
Nov 22, 2014, 2:28 PM EST
A testy affair that could’ve gotten Jack Wilshere a red card instead got him injured, and Arsenal had no finish at the Emirates.
Nov 22, 2014, 1:00 PM EST
Klopp has been at Dortmund since 2008 when he arrived from Mainz, and would likely have his choice of jobs should Dortmund let him walk.
Nov 22, 2014, 12:14 PM EST
Foxes and Black Cats cancel each other out at the King Power.
Nov 22, 2014, 12:06 PM EST
Bafetimbi Gomis should’ve put Swansea City level five minutes from time, but he tipped the ball over Hart and wide of the goal.
Nov 22, 2014, 12:04 PM EST
Clarets stun Potters with first away win of the season.
Nov 22, 2014, 12:01 PM EST
Arsenal is in sixth place, one point ahead of Manchester United.
Nov 22, 2014, 11:58 AM EST
Win puts Newcastle into 4th in the Premier League after spending the first 2 months of the season in the relegation zone, where QPR remains.
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