Roy Hodgson last night turned down the chance of becoming England manager after being officially appointed Liverpool’s new boss.
The 62-year-old was one of the names put forward as a possible successor to Fabio Capello, should the FA decide that they want a new man following England’s abysmal World Cup campaign.
However, Hodgson felt that the opportunity to manage one of the biggest clubs in world football was too good to turn down.
He will now set about trying to rebuild the club’s reputation after a disastrous season which saw them finish seventh under Rafa Benitez, who left Anfield last month, and has since taken up the manager’s job at Inter Milan — ironically one of Hodgson’s old clubs.
The announcement was expected earlier this week, however Hodgson was stalling as he wanted assurances as to what transfer funds were available and who, if any, of Liverpool’s big names will be jumping ship.
Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and Javier Mascherano have all been linked with moves away.
Hodgson’s arrival may mean an exit for Kenny Dalglish, who coveted the job despite the club saying that he was helping in the search for Benitez’s successor.
Meanwhile, FIFA president Sepp Blatter has attempted to defuse the crisis over refereeing by apologising to England over Frank Lampard's disallowed goal and performing an abrupt U-turn on goal-line technology.
FIFA subsequently axed the Uruguayan referee, Jorge Larrionda along with assistants Mauricio Espinosa and Pablo Fandino. Also not required for the next stage is Italian referee Roberto Rosetti — and his assistants — who blundered in Argentina's 3-1 win over Mexico.
The FIFA president said: “It is obvious that after the experience so far in this World Cup it would be a nonsense to not reopen the file of technology.
“I have spoken to the two federations [England and Mexico] directly concerned by referees mistakes.
“I have expressed to them apologies and I understand they are not happy and that people are criticising.”