Belfast Telegraph

Hodgson set to be named as England boss

The Football Association have called a press conference at Wembley when it is expected they will unveil Roy Hodgson as the new England manager.

Hodgson attended a four-hour meeting on Monday when he met all four members of the Club England board responsible for appointing Fabio Capello's successor.

Although the meeting broke up just after 7pm without any official statement, discussions were described as positive and Hodgson was pictured leaving Wembley with an itinerary for Euro 2012.

The FA have not yet stated that Hodgson has accepted the job, but it is impossible to imagine the West Brom manager has turned it down and the appointment is expected to be confirmed in the press conference at 4pm on Tuesday.

Hodgson has previously spoken of how much of an honour the job would be and why it should be regarded as the pinnacle of any manager's career.

It is expected Hodgson will be handed a four-year contract but is likely to remain in charge for West Brom's final two Premier League games - against Bolton and Arsenal - after which his deal with the Midlands outfit is due to expire anyway.

Plans for Euro 2012, which include a base in Krakow, a short training stint in Spain and friendlies against Norway on May 26 and Belgium at Wembley seven days later have already been put in place by predecessor Capello and interim boss Stuart Pearce.

It is widely assumed Pearce will remain on the senior coaching staff, in addition to his roles as Under-21 and British Olympic team boss.

However, Pearce will not now select England's Euro 2012 squad, which he confirmed last week had been pencilled in for unveiling on May 10.

It completes a whirlwind 48 hours for Hodgson and the FA. Until the announcement on Sunday evening that they had been given permission to talk to Hodgson by West Brom, it was widely assumed Harry Redknapp would get the job and more details might be revealed later as to why the Tottenham boss was overlooked.


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