Roy Hodgson leads his West Brom team into battle on Sunday when they play their Premier League opening match against Manchester United, although the Baggies manager has hinted that he would at some point like to move on from The Hawthorns to take charge of the England team.
Hodgson did not have the happiest of twelve months at Liverpool after a successful time managing Fulham, although his stock has once again risen thanks to keeping Albion safely in the Premier League last season and he would like to be considered as a potential replacement for Fabio Capello.
“I would rather hope that, if I was ever going to be offered the England job, it would be with the backing of the important people,” Hodgson said. “That would be the media, who represent the fans and, of course, the fans. Otherwise it’s very difficult for anyone who takes the job because, even if you’ve got the competence and you are maybe the ‘right person’, you need to be perceived as the right person. And the perception of my Liverpool appointment was not right and, as a result, you end up paying for it.
“It [the England job] is not something I go around thinking about. If I get the question, I try to deal with it. I’m perfectly happy working as a club coach in the Premier League. If the day arrives when I do get invited to talk to the FA, I will see what happens then.”