Hodgson asks for time to prove his worth as England manager

Roy Hodgson has asked to be given the time to prove he can succeed as England manager after acknowledging Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp was considered the favourite for the role by many observers, the Guardian has reported.

Hodgson was officially appointed on Monday and will take the role full-time after seeing out the season in charge of West Bromwich Albion. The 64-year-old admitted he was aware that many people felt Redknapp was the preferred candidate of the Football Association but asked that he be allowed to imprint his ideas on the national team before a judgement on his success or failure is made.

The former Liverpool manager added however that he recognised the hectic nature of football, particularly at international level, meant time is a commodity often in short supply. Hodgson said: “I have 40 days and 40 nights until our first game. So I’m going to be working long hours. You do need time, even if time is a factor we don’t get much as football managers. As England manager, you can expect even less.

Hodgson has experience of international management as a former coach of Switzerland, Finland and the United Arab Emirates, as well as experience in Europe with Udinese and Inter of Italy, a host of Swiss and Swedish sides and Premier League history with Blackburn Rovers and Fulham, as well as Liverpool and current club West Brom.

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